Kelly Rochard’s dream trip to Paris was turning into a nightmare. Almost as soon as she arrives, she is robbed. Fortunately, Will Maguire, a fellow American, comes to Kelly’s rescue by not only helping with the police but by offering to let Kelly stay with him until she can sort things out. Before Kelly realizes it, Paris works its romantic magic, and she finds herself caught up in a totally unexpected affair. When she returns to her old life in South Bend, Indiana, she is determined to put her Parisian fling behind her until Will unexpectedly turns up. Greene’s latest superbly crafted, richly emotional contemporary romance is chic, charming, and completely romantic.
:)| Posted September 19, 2013
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Evangelical Christian novelist Wingate introduced readers to the delightfully homespun what-you-see-is-what-you-get town of Daily, Tex., in Talk of the Town. In this sequel about the city's happenings and residents, Wingate expands upon the story line and offers readers more lovingly presented Texas talk, charm and romance. Wounded by the death of her husband, Lauren Eldridge is summoned back to Daily by her daddy, who's gotten himself into a financial pickle. Trying to pay an old debt by risking the ranch, Lauren's father asks his daughter to come home and tame a wild horse before the movie he's invested in starts shooting in Daily. Lauren's first instinct is to run anywhere but home. Still, she braves the emotional journey to help her father, remembering how he supported her after the accident that killed her spouse. What Lauren discovers back home amid familiar faces and places is forgiveness, love and a big, Texas-sized romance. Wingate's text is funny, to be sure, but a predictable story line detracts from what could have been a more poignant tale. (Feb.)