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Monday, October 26, 2009

Kissing the Sunrise by Kendal Ashby

Kissing the Sunrise by Kendal Ashby
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (29 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Azalea

Grace Aldridge is ready to escape to a remote family cottage for some peaceful solitude. She wants to celebrate her one-year anniversary of being cancer free in private, giving her the time to reflect on her battle and her victory.

Crashing her car, spraining her ankle and getting lost in the dark forest were not part of her weekend plans. When Grace stumbles on to Jack Robert's campfire, the handsome stranger tries to make the best of a bad situation. Left with no other option, Grace has to rely on Jack for help.

Despite the awkward circumstances, can Grace let her guard down long enough to actually enjoy the turn of events?

Are there many things worse than being stranded in the forest alone with your only means of transportation lying wounded in a ditch? Well, one of two means of transportation, your two legs being the other, in addition to your car. And yes, there are worse things – breast cancer for one.

Adding insult to injury, Grace was in the prime of her life, actually in the beginning of her prime, only 22 years of age. The important thing was that she had managed to make it to 22. A lot of women who develop breast cancer are not so lucky.

So it was that Grace found herself alone in the woods, choosing to celebrate one year of being cancer-free in solitude. She planned on staying at her uncle’s cottage in the woods to savor her victory over this malicious enemy. But we all know what happens to our best laid plans. Sometimes they point us down another path. Serendipity.

In this case, serendipity’s name is Jack. Handsome, rugged, sensitive … and single. As Grace makes her way along the road, searching for signs of life, for anyone to help her out of her dilemma, she spots smoke from a distant fire.

The smoke is coming from the campfire that Jack, a photographer, is tending to when Grace happens upon him. It’s easy to picture the discomfiture experienced by Grace upon realizing she must spend the night with this stranger and there’s only one tent. This story unfolds sweetly, but is a bit cliché-ish with Grace sustaining an ankle injury which Jack tends to. However, the author overcomes this, along with a misstep in spelling and another misstep or two(Grace has never heard of S’mores – I found that to be not so believable) by her lovely way of writing and descriptive prose. Jack’s ministrations to Grace’s ankle cause the heat to rise in her body and you know they’re going to get it on in the tent. Well, that is what the author would have you think, or at least it’s what I thought. But things are not always as they would appear. Good things come to those who wait.

The story was a delight to read. It’s what I’d call a modern day old fashioned love story. If you’d like a short, sweet read with a charming hero, this is a nice romance with a satisfying ending.