To Benita Ford, Tallgrass, Oklahoma, will always be home. It's where her beloved grandmother raised her and where she rode bikes with her two best friends-the man who became her husband and Calvin. Read more...
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To Benita Ford, Tallgrass, Oklahoma, will always be home. It's where her beloved grandmother raised her and where she rode bikes with her two best friends-the man who became her husband and Calvin. And Tallgrass is where she stayed, even after her husband died while serving his country. Now Calvin is home from that same war, and the sensitive, mischievous boy she once knew is today a man scarred by wounds no one else can see. Falling in love with him is something Bennie never imagined.
Tallgrass still haunts Captain Calvin Sweet. Yet it's where he must go to see Bennie-the one woman he always loved but could never have. Calvin regrets so much about what happened years ago. Still he can't deny being with Bennie makes his future feel bright, like anything is possible. But the demons of his past won't be quieted that easily. As old hurts linger, threatening to pull them apart, Calvin and Bennie must take the ultimate risk for the love of a lifetime . . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Pappanos haunting fifth Tallgrass novel (after A Promise of Forever) explores the bittersweet joy of love tempered by loss. Nursing student Benita Bennie Ford grew up in Tallgrass, Okla., with two best buddies who together joined the army: JMyel Ford, whom she married and buried, and Calvin Sweet, whom she shunned after he and JMyel had a falling-out. Bennies doing all right thanks to a supportive group of fellow military widows, but Calvin is struggling with a monster case of survivors guilt, compounded by PTSD. When their families (including their wonderfully nosy grandmothers) insist on helping them reconcile, Calvin realizes hes fallen hard for his childhood friend, but hes worried that shell run when she learns his secret: that in the depths of depression, he attempted suicide. Pappano doesnt flinch from realistically portraying the visible and invisible wounds inflicted on servicemembers in the hell of war, and she helps readers believe that love can help those wounds begin to heal. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, Knight Agency. (Jan.)
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Former childhood friends struggle to find adult happiness amid the turmoil of medieval Scotland in The Rock by Monica McCarty, part of her Highland Guard series. For five years, blacksmith’s son Thom MacGowan has waited for noble-born Lady Elizabeth Douglas to return from France. Chums since they were small, Thom’s feelings for the beauty evolved as he grew older, and upon reuniting, he can no longer deny that he is in love with her. His admission catches her by surprise, and a rebuffed Thom leaves to become a solider, determined to make her regret rejecting the advances of a lowly peasant. As the years pass, Elizabeth begins to see Thom in a different light, yet the social chasm between the pair seems impossible to span. This only spurs Thom into feats of derring-do in order to prove his worth, and though he has a chance to become a hero, he might still lose Elizabeth—and his life. This romance is rife with action as well as historical detail, and readers will despair for these star-crossed lovers torn between duty and desire. McCarty has delivered an enchanting blend of fact and fiction.
Hearts are at risk in the kisses-only A Chance of a Lifetime, the latest in Marilyn Pappano’s Tallgrass series. Young widow Benita Ford is blindsided when her childhood pal, now an Army captain, unexpectedly returns to Tallgrass, Oklahoma. Calvin Sweet was best friends with Benita’s late husband, but an unexplained falling-out estranged them. However, Benita can’t avoid Calvin for long—his family and hers are neighbors—and they find new closeness even as they avoid speaking of the past. That’s perfectly OK with Calvin. He knows he’s falling in love with the sunny Benita, but he’s also hiding a secret. He’s not sure that he’ll ever find the courage to make his confession to her, even though he’s aware that his reticence threatens their happiness. A secondary romance adds to the poignancy of this emotionally compelling story demonstrating the healing power of love.
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Stephanie Laurens delights with a fast-paced blend of romance, mystery and adventure in The Lady’s Command, the first in her new Adventurers Quartet. When Declan Frobisher, son of a seafaring dynasty, married a duke’s daughter, he was thrilled with his new wife. He imagined he’d continue making exciting voyages as a ship’s captain while she waited safely at home. But Lady Edwina has different plans. As enamored as she is with her husband, she challenges him to create a marriage built on a true partnership. So when a mission to West Africa is offered to Declan, Edwina convinces him to allow her to come along. At first, he’s alarmed—and overprotective of her—but his bride has ways of making him see reason. Together they investigate the mysterious disappearance of several British citizens, an inquiry that brings them close to danger—and closer together. Declan and Edwina’s story entices, entertains and will leave readers eager for the next novel in the series.