The Last Goodbye (The Women of Independence)

The Last Goodbye (The Women of Independence #2)The Last Goodbye by Mona Ingram
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Independence, British Columbia is the setting for these stories. Danielle Flynn is a young woman who has armored herself against love. Having lost everyone she had ever loved, she hates good byes, and even hates more when people don’t say goodbye and leave anyway.

A movie is being made on her uncle’s ranch and the crew brings lots of chaos and some romances. The thought of leaving is what makes the conflict, and the characters do as well as Ingram’s characters usually do, and that’s pretty well.

Danielle has to face herself, her fears and her past. Her uncle Jake has to face some things, too. There is an HEA and it takes a lot of faith to find it – faith in each other.

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Untying His Not (Lowells of Honeywell, TX)

Untying His Not (The Lowells of Honeywell, Texas, #1)Untying His Not by J.M. Madden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice continuation of the Lowell family saga. Brock is the oldest son, now in charge of running the ranch. He’s been the heir apparent for so many years, it seems as though he’d never get the chance to lead. A nasty accident happens to his dad, and Garrett surprisingly finds that he welcomes the chance to sit back.

Brock has always thought of Payton as a little sister, just like the rest of the family does. However, little sister has grown up and has always been in love with Brock. When he figures out that he is the only one who has an issue with them being together, he gets over himself pretty quickly. Rather than the love-em-and-leave-em guy he has been before, he is now a one-woman man. That suits Payton just fine.

A subplot about some mischief happening on the ranch turns out to be more serious and Brock and Sheridan get to the bottom of that, too, with some help from Payton.

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Where Love Abides

Where Love Abides (Heartland Homecoming, #3)Where Love Abides by Irene Hannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sheriff Dale Lewis is a single widowed dad, with a four-year-old girl and a melancholy past. Christine is a newcomer to Oak Hill, a purveyor of organic flowers, fruits, and vegetables on her farm. She is completely closed off to strangers and especially to men in uniform. She hasn’t met Marge from the B and B, though. No one is immune, and Christine begins to meet everyone in town.

When Marge fixes Christine up with a part-time job at the library, Christine begins a Story Hour and its most fervent attendant is….. Dale’s daughter Jenna. So many things happen here and Dale and Christine find that they don’t want to resist the attraction between them.

It takes a restoration of trust and a resumption of faith for these two, and there is an HEA!

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A Dream to Share (Heartland Homecoming)

A Dream to Share (Heartland Homecoming, #2)A Dream to Share by Irene Hannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Back in the small community of Oak Hill, Abby Warner is about to lose the local newspaper her family has operated for four generations. The paper can’t make money anymore and it is being reviewed by a large publisher of local papers, the Campbell Group.

Abby is unhappy about the prospect of losing her legacy, and even unhappier when she meets Mark Campbell who’ll complete the financial and operational audits the prospective buyer needs prior to making the sale offer. They are mutually attracted but each has a lot of baggage.

They find the faith to reach out and a solution is found that can satisfy everyone.

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From This Day Forward

From This Day Forward (Heartland Homecoming, #1)From This Day Forward by Irene Hannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nice inspirational romance with a second chance story. Sam and Cara are a married couple, separated by anger and betrayal. When Cara becomes a crime victim, she suffers from PTSD and can’t leave her home.

Sam has left his big-time surgeon post in a Philadelphia hospital due to a horrible event. He is now a small-town doctor and living a different life. When Cara comes to him for refuge, Sam is grateful for a chance to mend fences.

It takes a lot of trust to get over the betrayal and loss on both sides, but there is a love there that can’t be beaten.

First of the Heartland Homecoming stories.

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Dallas Fire & Rescue: Tempting Fire (Kindle Worlds Novella)Dallas Fire & Rescue: Tempting Fire by Caitlyn O’Leary
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

O’Leary here takes to telling the stories of the six Avery sisters, Drake’s siblings. Using the canvas of the Dallas Fire and Rescue Kindle World, Chloe Avery will be saved by her best friend, a man who is now a Dallas firefighter.

Word reaches Zarek of what’s happened to Chloe and he arrives home after not having been back for years. There is a story there, too but that’s for another day. Chloe has dropped into a combination of depression and PTSD and, with the hindrance of some members of the Avery family, Zarek will take her back to Dallas with him to help her get out of her head.

There is a pretty quick resolution here, and the story could actually have gone one a little longer. However, the visits from the Avery family make this story a little crazier and a lot better – for Chloe and for us.

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