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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pretend Mom by Rita Hestand

Pretend Mom by Rita Hestand
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (90 pges)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Fennel

Dixie Rose Kincaid made it big in New York City as a singing sensation. But her personal life fizzled to nothingness. So she went back home to a small town in Texas -- where she thought she'd left her heart. Her family needed her and she needed to see Kevin one last time, to rid herself of a childhood crush.

Dixie collides with Mike Dalton, her childhood adversary -- who just happens to be Kevin's brother. The sexy rancher has other plans for Dixie's love life -- that most certainly don't include Kevin.

Determined to get back to New York to resume her career, things get more complicated when Dixie finds she's completely taken with Mike's adorable daughter, Amanda -- who wants Dixie to play Pretend Mom. Torn between what her heart tells her is right and her desire to pursue her thriving singing career, Dixie is faced with the most difficult decision of her life: Can she leave her heart at home -- again?

Rita Hestand packs as much into this 90 page story as you might find in a full length novel. The pace is fast and yet not in the least hurried. She ensures her readers arrive at the airport with her heroine and the scenery is so well written it is absorbed without detracting from the action, and there’s plenty of action.

When Dixie Rose Kincaid returns home after an absence of seven years the last person she expects to see is Mike Dalton. She’s at the point of accepting another man’s proposal, but in seconds her reaction to Mike brings back memories she wished to forget. He creates emotional reactions she doesn’t understand. After all she hates him and his part in her humiliation all those years ago. And she’s well aware of his contempt for her and her childhood obsession with his brother.

Her life as a well known rock star masks her personal loneliness, and she can’t think of anyone close enough to her to see the real Dixie Rose, so when Mike forces her to face her past, she’s not real pleased with him.

When Mike’s young daughter meets Dixie Rose she wants to adopt her as her ‘pretend mom’. Mike knows only too well how his daughter feels, after all he’s loved Dixie for as long as he can remember.

Both main characters experience their personal journey to find their happy ever after, and the secondary characters blend in superbly. I firmly believe this is a story any reader will enjoy.