Monday, April 12, 2010

Notes in Review: A Double Scoop!

A Kiss for Cade
by Lori Copeland
(The Western Sky Series)

Fifteen years ago, Cade Kolby rode out of Winterborn. He promised to come back and didn’t, leaving young Zoe with a broken heart and a secret—both of which nearly destroy her. She’s none too pleased to summon the now-famous bounty hunter back home when his sister dies, leaving four orphaned children behind. But that was Addy’s last request, so Zoe complies. A widow now, she’s older, wiser and much more on her guard than the love struck maiden Cade abandoned so long ago. All she needs to do is convince Addy’s brother to give her those kids. He owes her that much. Then he can ride back into the sunset and keep on riding, as far as Zoe’s concerned.

Cade never forgot the red-haired maiden he loved and left behind. And now, seeing her again, watching her with his sister’s kids, recognizing the fine woman she’s become, he finds his career-hardened heart melting like a snowball in a heat wave. But despite that undeniable attraction to his former love, he’s determined to find a real home for his nieces and nephews. A home with a mother and a father. A secure, normal environment. Though he knows she loves them like her own, he can’t bring himself to consider Zoe as a possibility. She’s cute as a kitten and twice as feisty, but the woman lives in an apartment barely large enough to turn around in, runs a rapidly failing general mercantile, and barely has the funds to keep her own pretty mouth fed. No. Zoe doesn’t need four younguns, and the kids need more than she can offer them.

It seems Cade’s trip back home might just end in disaster. Four unhappy children, a fighting mad redhead with a freshly broken heart, and a hunky cowboy riding back into the sunset—this time leaving his own heart behind.

But then the townsfolk step in to do a bit of heavy-handed matchmaking, and Zoe and Cade don’t stand a chance.

A Kiss for Cade is a sweet romance with a pinch of pluck and a dash of daring. The author weaves a western love story with grace and beauty. The element of faith is seamlessly woven into a lively tale that leads the reader through a full range of varying emotions. It paints the good ol’ days in a light of love and laughter yet clearly portrays the hardships of a frontier life.

Lori Copeland knows how to spin a tale. In A Kiss for Cade, she does it with undeniable flair and a healthy dose of fun.

This is the way to write a book!




They Almost Always Come Home




When Libby’s husband Greg doesn’t return home from a trip to the Canadian wilderness, she's not sure whether to be sad or glad. In fact, if he did show up, she just might divorce him. Their marriage has been a farce since their 12-year-old daughter’s death, for which Libby holds her husband responsible.

The police investigation seems haphazard at best, as they’ve pretty much decided Greg used his annual trip to Canada as a way out of a failing marriage and a career he despised. Despite her own doubts as to her husband's disappearance, Libby finds herself unable to let it rest. With her father-in-law and her best friend Jenika in tow, she sets out on a wilderness trip of her own, hoping to find clues or find Greg.

The trip sheds a light on far more than a missing man's motives. With her own trust in God lying in tatters, Libby is buoyed by Jenika’s steadfast faith and her father-in-law’s unswerving confidence in his son’s integrity. By the time they reach the end of their journey, she is forced to reconsider her harsh judgment and consequential treatment of a husband whose love was unfailing. In doing so, she finds things hidden away in her heart that force a reassessment of her own spiritual, mental and moral being.

Is it too late for them? Will she ever find Greg … dead or alive?

They Almost Always Come Home is a touching account of one woman’s journey back to love and faith. A wonderful thread of humor keeps Libby’s painful odyssey from being too much to bear. I enjoyed the authors' subtle yet unmistakable message of faith. Because it took me a chapter or two to get into the story, I was surprised when I discovered that I was completely lost in it. I had to know what happened to Greg and whether or not his and Libby’s marriage would be salvageable if he were found. This is a well-written, memorable story I’m pleased to recommend.

Reviewed by
Delia Latham

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