Tyler Steele, Texas Ranger first, husband and father second. His wife, Andie, couldn’t handle the stress and finally after wiping out his funds ended up in a drug detox center. After Tyler, also known as Cowboy, left the center he literally ran into a young mother, Sam and her daughter, Hope. They needed help and that was his life, helping those in trouble. A horrible crime had been committed, and the man who committed it would hunt them down no matter how long it took. Tyler took them to his home town where they could get a fresh start and he could look after them. Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin is written in a backward story telling way with Tyler doing most of the telling. But we also get Hopes point of view with her letters to God. Some of the information is giving out right, with details and circumstances coming later in natural dialogue. This is a fast moving read making it hard to put down.
Linda Voss is a secretary in love with her boss. As common place as that theme is, Linda’s dream comes true when the wife of her boss, John Berringer, leaves him for another man and circumstances allow for their marriage. John is a high profile lawyer doing work for European countries in the late 1930′s. Both he and Linda speak German which is essential for handling the business transactions frantically happening on the continent. They are drawn into espionage through their law firm, and Linda volunteers for a spy mission when their marriage begins falling apart. This gripping novel with its romance and twisting plot kept me hooked. All of Susan Isaac’s books have been New York Times best sellers!
Lance Michelli has always been the wanderer of the family, periodically coming home to his grandmother’s kitchen for her cooking lessons and her undying affection. But now she is lying in the hospital and concerned that her time is running short. She sends him on a mission to Italy and California on a mission to right the wrongs of the past. It is up to him to uncover the secrets at the family homestead in the Sonoma Valley, but the owner, Rese Barret, will accept his presence only with reluctance. While he stealthily researches his family history, his cooking slowly melts her reserve and his open nature and faith help Rese to face her own past. With a compelling mystery and characters that one can’t help but cheer on, Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann is an example of Christian fiction at its best.
Fans of romantic suspense by Nora Roberts will be pleased to find that her latest novel Chasing Fire is available at the library. Roberts explores the world of elite smoke jumping fire fighters in this story of adventure and intrigue. Rowan Tripp, daughter of a famous smoke jumper, has also trained to become a skilled smoke jumper. She loves her work but is haunted by the death of a fellow jumper in a fire during the last season. She trains a new crop of jumpers for the Missoula, MT group and over the season they are bonded into a close knit, efficient unit whose lives are dependent upon each other. Gull Curry is a new member of the team, intelligent and capable, and attracted to Rowan. Rowan is a strong, competent female character who fights her attraction to Gull. As the fire season progresses, the team is plagued by troubling incidents, arson, murder and life-threatening sabotage. The interplay between Rowan and Gull is entertaining and touching, and both are very much equals in the relationship. The smoke jumping crew is filled with vivid and believable characters. Roberts has done her research on smoke jumping and her descriptions of parachuting into forest fires and fighting the fires are exciting and enthralling. This is an absorbing mystery as well as an homage to the bravery of the dedicated people who work as smoke jumpers to save our forested wilderness areas.
Bourne has created a wonderful romance between two strong, charismatic characters in The Forbidden Rose. The backdrop of revolutionary France and the Great Terror adds a sense of urgency and suspense to an already strong plot. The depth and relationships with the secondary characters also increases the appeal of this sensual love story.