Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lone Creek Ranch by Mary Manners - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Carson Merrill loves only one thing more than Lone Creek Ranch—high school sweetheart Jessica Tate. He has plans to marry her, until one fateful night a devastating accident nearly kills her brother, James, and claims the use of his legs. Jessica flees to Nashville, blaming Carson for her brother’s paralysis. She avoids him—and James—for more than a year.

Jessica returns to Lone Creek as one of the top producing land developers in the area, and she has one goal—to banish Carson forever from her memory while taking what he still loves—Lone Creek Ranch. But God has other plans—to draw the two together in a development project that will satisfy both their desires, and help them to reclaim the love they once shared.

My Thoughts:
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”  (Romans 8:25)

This verse takes on layers of meaning in relation to Lost In Lone Creek and the multiple relationships the story represents.  Since this is the second in the series, I have to guess a bit on some of the finer details, but overall, book two was an easy entrance into the series.  Carlson Merrill and Jessica Tate are at the center of this series, and the second installment walks them through some difficult conflict and decision making.  Jessica’s brother James has already come through a very serious life situation, and for me he represented hope for the rest of the characters.

That hope was a bit sketchy sometimes though, because Jessica returned to Lone Creek with her mind made up about several things.  Funny how a fit of temper can literally turn your world upside down! The second installment of this series showcases life circumstances that present the characters with a choice; they can move forward with forgiveness and hope or they can stay mired in their past mistakes and allow bitterness and regret to direct their path.  It is this series of choices, made by all of the main characters in the book about a variety of situations, that makes this book an interesting read.  The romance remains center stage, and the resolution is believable and satisfying.

Lost In Lone Creek was my introduction to Mary Manner’s writing, so I have some catching up to do! I am happy to recommend Lost In Lone Creek to readers everywhere!

About the Author:
Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus.

Mary's debut novel, Mended Heart, was nominated Best Inspirational Romance 2010 and was a finalist for the Bookseller's Best Award while her follow-up, Tender Mercies, was awarded an outstanding 4 ½ star rating from The Romantic Times Book Reviews and was also a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Buried Treasures claimed Book of the Year by The Wordsmith Journal while Light the Fire took top honors for the 2012 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Her latest, Wisdom Tree, also claimed the 2013 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Mary was named Author of the Year by Book and Trailer Showcase. She writes romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels--something for everyone.

Connect with Mary on her Facebook reader page at Mary Manners, author and at her website: http://www.MaryMannersRomance.com

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