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Friday, January 9, 2009

A Trail of Love by Bess McBride

A Trail of Love by Bess McBride
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Lilac

Kerrie is on the run from a painful past, and she hides in plain sight as a summer employee in the majestic setting of Glacier National Park. Lonely and isolated from the family and friends she left behind, she dreams of the day when a kind and gentle man will say to her: “I fell in love with you the first time I saw you across the room.”

Dace Mitchell could be that man! When the handsome bear ranger rescues Kerrie from her own foolish behavior...more than once, she finds herself drawn to him against her will...until she discovers he’s already involved with someone else.

When Kerrie begins to get mysterious silent phone calls, it seems likely that the past has caught up to her. Can Dace save her from a violent man who will stop at nothing to have her?

A Trail of Love is a touching story about one woman’s quest to find peace and love.

Having left an abusive relationship, Kerrie has taken a summer job in Montana working for the park service. There she finds solace in her work and in the local bookstore where she meets fellow park service employee, Dace. Her past experiences have made her cautious so despite her attraction to Dace she is reluctant to get involved and besides she believes he is already involved with someone. Dace is attracted to Kerrie, but once he learns of her past he knows he must tread lightly with her or risk spooking her. With Kerrie, his protective instincts kick into overdrive and when her past comes back to haunt her, he cannot help wanting to protect her. But misunderstandings and assumptions could spell the end of what Kerrie and Dace could potentially have together.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Dace and Kerrie. I really felt Kerrie’s fear and upset because of her abusive ex. Her actions came across as believable and my heart ached for what she went through. She comes across as insecure and unsure of herself, but she longs for someone to care for her the way she deserves. Although at times I grew frustrated with Kerrie’s assumptions about Dace, I feel it is a good sign when an author can make me care that much about what a character thinks or does.

As for Dace, he was a great hero who demonstrated a lot of patience and caring. I felt he was perfect for Kerrie. I loved how he was always coming to her rescue despite her hesitance to accept his assistance. A few of Kerrie’s mishaps and her interactions with Dace provided a bit of comic relief in what could have been a tense story so it was nice.

And with the vivid descriptions provided by the author, the scenery of Montana provided nice backdrop for Kerrie and Dace’s story. I could easily imagine the locations and events and longed to go there myself.

This was a wonderful story that I would definitely recommend to those looking for a touching love story.