This book review will conclude my January contest. Each person who posts a comment to the review will be entered to win an autographed ARC copy of my latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Darcy Carter, a contemorary romance. Thanks to everyone who entered and thanks for all you do to spread the word about the books. I always tell people the hardest part about writing for publication is letting the world know you wrote a book. I appreciate everything you do. If you want to learn more about me or my other books, visit my website http://www.teresaslack.com
Now on to the review:
This week I have chosen The Only Best Place by Carolyne Aarsen, released Sept ’06 by Warner Faith.
Leslie Vandekeere has everything she ever wanted: a loving husband, two beautiful kids, an exciting career, all set amidst a fact-paced urban life. Suddenly the rug is pulled out from under her. Loving husband loses business when a crooked building contractor bilks him out of $90,000. Sidenote-husband may not be so loving. He may or may not have had a fling with biz associate.
So Leslie, two beautiful children, and possibly straying husband are forced to leave Seattle behind and return to his boyhood home, a family farm in Montana. Leslie has no idea what is expected from a farmer’s wife, and is pretty sure she’s not interested in finding out. As if dealing with dirty cows and monotonous chores isn’t bad enough, Leslie must deal with Dan’s extended, overbearing family of which she has never fit in.
Leslie resists farm life and overtures by family and neighbors with everything in her. Her only ally is her sister Terra whom she corresponds with through email. She wants to go back to work. She misses her fast-paced life. She doesn’t appreciate her mother-in-law holding the reins on her checkbook.
This book gets five stars from me. The reader empathizes with Leslie, but at the same time, realizes everything she truly wants may very well be hers for the taking. This book will be enjoyed by anyone who’s ever second-guessed her decisions, dealt with a pushy but good-hearted mother-in-law, or relied on chocolate when life got to be too much.
Don’t forget to post a comment. Hopefully I’ve given you several books to add to your reading list over the past month.