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Monday, February 18, 2008

Review: In A Soldier's Arms

In a Soldier's Arms
by Marin Thomas

Determined to uncover the truth about her mysterious Appalachian past, Maggie O'Neil drives to Heather's Hollow in search of her granny, the only other surviving member of the O'Neil clan. Her grandmother's uncanny sixth sense and healing powers intrigues the nurse practitioner when they meet, but what really fascinates her is her granny's neighbor, brooding ex-soldier Abram Devane.

The secretive major pretends to like his solitude, nut Maggie's gut feeling says he's not immune to her. And as all of Heather's Hollow knows, when the O'Neil women look into the future with their bewitching green eyes, whatever they see comes true.

Herself in a soldier's arms forever is the sight before Maggie. Can Abram face down the demons in his past and allow himself to see the same thing?

I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to reading this book! I loved the first one tremendously, and had high hopes that Ms. Thomas would be able to please me again with her sequel. She did not disappoint.

City-slicker Maggie O'Neil starts her journey into Appalachia with a run-in with one colorful character after another, not the least of whom is her grandmother "Granny" O'Neil. Once she finally gets past the outhouse and learning how to ride a horse, she begins to appreciate the charm of the backwoods.

She also begins to appreciate the charm of Granny's closest neighbor, an "outsider" named Abram Devane. Despite the disapproval that rolls off Granny at Maggie's attraction, she can't seem to stay away from him.

Once again, Ms. Thomas has peppered her book with wonderfully drawn, fun and in-depth characters. I do have to admit that, as much as I loved Granny in the first book, I did begin to tire of her nasty temper and snide remarks after a bit. That may be the only negative thing I have to say about this book. Along with the amazing characters, there is a realistic and interesting conflict--two, actually--and very real emotion between Maggie and Abram. I thoroughly enjoyed watching both of them slowly open up, not just to each other but to the community around them. It was also wonderful to revisit our friends from the first book and catch up with them to see how they've grown and changed. Ms. Thomas has done "pert near" everything right with this heart-warming sequel. Once again, I can't wait for the next book in this series. And, I'm so impressed with this author's writing, that I'm planning on digging in to her backlist!

Do yourself a favor and dive right into this series. You won't be disappointed.



Review by Poppy

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24 comments:

Joan said...

I am sorry to say I haven't read the first book. Granny is the type of person I like to read about. I am a big fan of series books. Good luck with the rest in the series.

Karen H in NC said...

Haven't read this book. Add my name to the draw.

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included in the draw! tWarner419@aol.com

CrystalGB said...

This book sounds great. I would love to win a copy. :)

windycindy said...

A newbie for me! I am very interested in winning this book. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks very much,
Cindi
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Meljprincess said...

OMG! I love Marin Thomas! I've read a couple of her books and really enjoyed them. Marin is so nice. I had to have my 20 year old cat put to sleep last year and she named one of her roosters after him. She's very sweet and I'd love to win her book!

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Maureen said...

I love her books!

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lyn21 said...

Please enter me!

Jenny said...

I LOVE to read and this book looks so good!

bison61 said...

I would love to win a copy

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Estella said...

I have never read Thomas. This sounds good.

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Sue A. said...

Great review! Sounds like a great read.

robynl said...

I would love to read about Abram and Maggie and become friends with them. That would be nice.
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Pam P said...

I'm always drawn to stories with characters having that sixth sense, and your review interests me in trying out this book and author.

HOTCHA1 said...

oh my but i would love to read this story as it sounds so much like me and i was too late with questioning my parent's as they died young and mom's siblings claim to not remember! how sad that i'll never know!

windycindy said...

Another wonderful book giveaway contest! How fun. Please enter my name in the hat! Thanks,Cindi
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Karin said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!

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Tara said...

sounds great!

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etirv said...

Count me in, thanks!

Jane said...

I've never heard of this author, but I would like to read this lovely story.

Dena said...

I've never read any of Marins books before. This story sounds like a wonderful heartwarming read that I would definitely enjoy.

BethRe said...

I don't believe that I have ever read a book by Marins before.
This one sounds like a great read

DaffyHercules said...

I am very into family history and I know I'll be able to relate to this story which will further enhance my enjoyment of it.

limecello said...

This book sounds great- I haven't read much in the American Romance categories -so I'll have to look into this! :)