Love With A Welcome Stranger by Lynette Baughman
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4 books
Review by Sunflower
She doesn't remember that the handsome Montana rancher was once a poor cowboy who loved her. He can't forget that she left him and never looked back. Mandy McCay's life as a Hollywood starlet ended with a bullet from a deranged fan. Miraculously, she recovers, learns to walk and speak, but there are gaps in her memory. Important gaps. The years her face and figure were splashed across tabloid pages are easy. But what happened the summer before she left Montana? Like everyone in Mandy's home town, Campbell West followed her medical miracle on TV. He's not prepared for her to come home more beautiful than ever, or for the sudden new attraction between them. At least, Mandy thinks it's new. Cam--God help him!-- remembers every inch of her body! When should he tell her of their passionate love, her betrayal, and his pain? Or can he risk forgetting it all--and hoping she'll never remember?
This book takes the reader deep into the heart of cowboy country. Ms. Baughman describes the magnificent scenery with loving attention. She is equally at home with her characters, especially Cam and Mandy, whose forgotten past forms the backbone of the novel. I enjoyed the little details about his horse-training and Mandy’s forays into cooking.
The ending was never in doubt--this is a romance, after all--but I was surprised by the twists and turns along the way. The secret that once separated Mandy and Cam seems insurmountable but the conclusion is satisfying in every way. This would be a great book to curl up in front of the fireplace with.