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Friday, October 26, 2007

Review: Lonely Places

Lonely Places
by A. L. Debran

Wounded and left to die on the Colorado plains, Elliotte Sorin is a woman with incomplete memories. Beau Hyatt saves her life and she vows that with this handsome brooding man she will never be alone again. As his gunfighter past intrudes into their lives, and his absences from her increase, her loneliness deepens.

She turns to Liam Mederi and finds endless love in his welcoming arms and smiling green eyes. Deadly jealousy rages when Beau questions the paternity of her unborn child and the two men meet in a violent confrontation that threatens to destroy more than one life.

LONELY PLACES, a western historical romance, is about three driven souls who strive for a connection that will relieve their loneliness. This story pulls the reader in with breath-taking action. The physical violence lessens as the story continues, but the psychological violence propels the plot along.

At the opening of the story, Elliotte, a woman whose past is so horrifying her mind refuses to remember it, lies wounded and near death on the snowy Colorado plains.

Beau, who cannot come to terms with his past, finds Elliotte, and takes her to his safe haven. There, Liam, the third person in the troubled triangle appears on the scene.

Debran creates flawed characters who touch the reader’s emotions from sympathy to revulsion. The twists and turns in the author’s well-planned plot kept this reader turning the pages in a quandary as to how the conflicts could possibly be resolved.

A philosophy of life threads its way through this sad story making it possible to believe Liam, Elliotte, and maybe even Beau can accept the past and find redemption.

Occasionally, syntax and author intrusion distances the reader from the characters but not enough to kill the interest in how Elliotte, Beau, and Liam will resolve the seemingly insurmountable conflicts.

This is a compelling and thought-provoking story that this reader hopes to revisit.

Review by Camellia