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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

High Lonesome by Stacey Coverstone

High Lonesome by Stacey Coverstone
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary / Western
Length: Full (277 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Scott Landry, steadfast owner of the High Lonesome Guest Ranch in Ghost Rock, New Mexico, happens across a dark-haired beauty assaulted and left for dead in the high desert. She’s suffering from amnesia—remembering nothing about the attack, where she’s from, or even her name. From the moment Scott lays eyes on “Beth,” he knows everything in his life is about to change.

While recuperating, Beth embraces ranch life and grows close to the sexy widowed cowboy and his precocious daughter—discovering a happiness and peace she suspects she’s never known. But she experiences terrifying flashbacks and visions of a little girl. When she learns the truth about her life and returns to an uncertain fate, she wonders if she’ll ever be safe again…

In her wonderful love story of second chances, Stacey Coverstone has the reader rooting for Scott Landry and the frightened woman with amnesia immediately.

High Lonesome is not only the name of Scott’s dude ranch, but it also tells so much about the hero and heroine. Scott, a widower who is looking for love in all the wrong places, finds himself drawn to the woman he found injured and wandering on the road. Hers is the ultimate lonesome. She knows nothing about her past. Even though she is attracted to him, she knows many things must be untangled before she can allow herself to venture into new relationships.

Stacey Coverstone creates tense moments making the reader worry about this woman’s safety and well-being at times. But the undercurrent of caring and of doing “what the Good Book says carries the plot along.

The secondary characters Willow, Heather, Joanna, and Jack add depth to High Lonesome. These characters, some are so lovable you want to hug them while others are so self-centered and even dangerous, you are happy that you don’t have to deal with them. Some of the other supporting characters add humor and help reveal the many facets of the primary characters’ personalities. All put together so skillfully, the reader doesn’t want to put the book down.

High Lonesome, a caring, sweet love story, allows the reader to enjoy the intricacies of a child’s love, teenage love, and adult love that endures all things.