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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Return of the Prodigal Daughter by Marguerite Arotin

Return of the Prodigal Daughter by Marguerite Arotin
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Heat: Spicy
Length: Short (104 pages)
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Famous prodigal daughter Sherrie Porter comes home to Wayback after a wildfire destroys her Malibu home and ruins her supermodel stardom. While she longs for the comfort of family and friends, there’s one person she wants to avoid— her ex-boyfriend Jake Serrano. Jake thought he did the right thing by leaving her to her modeling career, but when they meet again, he can’t deny the flames that never died. Can they rekindle their passion or will stubborn pride tear them apart?

"Return Of The Prodigal Daughter” by Marguerite Arotin kicks off in the aftermath of tragedy, when pretty Sherrie Porter’s life, home, career, and more have been irretrievably changed by disaster. She returns to Wayback in desperate need of family, but half afraid of her reception. Sherrie is a beauty, but also no pushover. She and her ex-boyfriend, no-good Cue Ball Pool Hall employee Jake Serrano, parted ways a long time back; and, if there is one person she doesn’t want to help her or (worse) pity her, it’s Jake.

Jake’s side isn’t all that hard to understand; he saw what she could achieve, years back, when she was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen. And, he let her go. She doesn’t seem to recall their passion –then parting – in quite the same light. And her many suspicions about him are not unfounded; there’s Loretta, there’s likely more women like her, and then again, there’s the no-nonsense Maizie… who isn’t too shy with advice.

Full of tenderness, "Return of the Prodigal Daughter" is another great foray into Wayback. Right from the start, it seems everybody’s family – or acquaintances – get into and help gum up the works (ain’t that just the small-town truth?) The brother, the grannie, the dear old aunt Gracie will all get their two cents into this one. Heck, even reporter Cassie from the local newspaper gets into the act. An evening at the famed Blue Bug Saloon will only feed the gossips. Will Sherrie contemplate a cheap fling – or is she ready for something more? Sherrie shows her own quality in her kindness to others; she understands a young lady’s interest in winning rodeo queen, for example. How does she not understand Jake’s protective support of her, since her arrival in back in town?

This is a fast paced Wayback, with snappy dialogue, frustratingly misplaced trust issues, and some great interfering busybodies in the supporting cast.