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Friday, July 24, 2009

When The Ocotillo Bloom by Linda LaRoque

When The Ocotillo Bloom by Linda LaRoque
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (245 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Lynn Devry takes a summer job at a spa in West Texas hoping to dispel the depression she's experienced since her divorce, only to discover the spa is really a ranch for problem children. Seth Williams, ranch owner and child psychologist still loves his glamorous ex-wife, but finds himself inexplicitly drawn to the needy but prickly school teacher. As this mismatched pair help their young charges improve their self-esteem and modify behavior, both learn it’s not the past that’s important, but the future. Set against the rugged splendor of Big Bend Country, two people meet and discover that all things are possible when the ocotillo bloom.

What do you do when your broadband router takes a direct hit during a freak thunderstorm, and you have to wait for a replacement router to be delivered? You sit back and relax with a good book. Well, I do. And this is a good book.

Lynn Devry agreed to take a summer job as a bread cook as a dude ranch in Texas. No kids, no timetables and apart from the six hours a day in the kitchen, all day to do as she liked with. What could be better? Teaching nine months of the year took it out of you, and this new adventure would be just what she needed, wouldn't it?

So why did her daughter Abbey look so worried? Well. No Lynn thought, not worried, exactly, more kinda guilty. But what did she have to feel guilty about?

Lynn soon found out when she arrived at the Ocotillo Ranch and met Seth Williams for the first time. Within minutes she wondered who to kill first, the arrogant, overbearing owner of the Ranch, her daughter, or her long-time friend and doctor Art Wayne.

This was no dude ranch, and nothing like the holiday she envisaged, and if that weren't bad enough, the place was crawling with kids...

Seth Williams took one look at the woman his friend Art Wayne had sent to take on the job of bread cook at his ranch and felt tempted to murder his friend and send the city 'gal' back from whence she came.

During the summer months, both Lynn and Seth walk their personal roads of discovery before they find their pot of gold at the end of the road.

Linda LaRocqe works with a huge cast of characters in this book, but none of them overshadow Lynn and Seth, although all play an integral part in the personal journeys of discovery.

This is a book that all readers of romance will enjoy.


Linda LaRoque said...

Thank you for the wonderful review, Fennel. I'm so glad you enjoyed Seth and Lynn's journey. They're two of my favorite characters.

Linda said...

Great review, Linda. I'm purchasing a copy as soon as my new kindle arrives. :-)


angelikadevlyn said...

Fantastic review, Linda!

I love the cover. Such lovely colours.

Take care,