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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Meadowlark Trilogy Megabook by Carolyn Lampman

Meadowlark Trilogy Megabook: Meadowlark, Silver Springs, Wild Honey by Carolyn Lampman
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (1,151 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Queen Anne’s Lace

MEADOWLARK: Becky White is out of options. Destitute, alone, and pregnant, employment in a brothel seems her only chance of survival in the wild west mining town of South Pass City. As she stands on the creek bank contemplating the unthinkable, fate takes a hand. The earth crumbles beneath her feel and pitches her into the raging torrent Unable to fight the high spring run-off, she surrenders to the flood, thinking death might be the best solution after all.

When Garrick Swenson saves a young woman from drowning, he realizes providence has given him a way to atone for his guilty past. He offers Becky and her baby the protection of his name, with no strings attached. Just as they find themselves wanting a true marriage in every sense of the word the past surfaces to tear them apart. With Garrick facing the hangman’s noose and Becky’s future uncertain, it appears not even love can conquer all.

SILVER SPRINGS: Though Alexis and Angelica Brady are identical twins, they are complete opposites. Angel is strong-willed and stubborn where Alexis is meek and easily intimidated. Still, the bond between them is unbreakable, and when Alexis begs for her sister’s help in avoiding an arranged marriage, Angel reluctantly agrees to switch places and drive the unwanted suitor away.

Disguised as the straitlaced Alexis, Angel is shocked to discover the prospective bridegroom is none other than Ox Bruford, the only male who has ever touched her heart. A man is the last thing Angel wants in her life. Her independence was too hard won to give up for something as frivolous as love, but the more she tries to push Ox away, the more she yearns for his touch. Loving Ox would mean revealing her identity…and her heart.

WILD HONEY: Her whole life Alaina Ellinson has longed for adventure, but nothing is less likely in her quiet little home town. Then, a long forgotten photograph surfaces and changes everything. Reeling from the shock that the very fabric of her life is a lie, Alaina sets off to find a piece of herself she’s never even known existed.

When Jared Brady promises to escort Alaina to his sister in Wyoming, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for. From the moment the two meet, the sparks fly. But when circumstances strand the two of them in the mountains running from an army of outlaws, they must put their differences aside and depend on each other to survive. Facing death at every turn strips away their defenses. Unexpected passions flare, and they discover love may be the biggest challenge of all.

Meadowlark is the sweet and moving story of a woman lost at the crossroads, contemplating working at a brothel just to survive, and the man who steps in and saves her. Garrick Swenson saves Becky from the raging river realizing the option she is giving him. He offers a marriage in name only with no strings attached. But just as love weaves their hearts together, the past threatens to tear them apart.

Silver Springs weaves a sweet tale with a smile. Alexis and Angelica are identical twins but complete opposites, yet they will do anything to help each other. So when Alexis is desperate to avoid an arranged marriage, Angelica agrees to switch places and drive the unwanted suitor away. Yet, the bridegroom is the one man Angelica has ever loved.

Wild Honey spins a tale of adventure and passionate love in the wild frontier. Alaina’s life is turned upside down when a forgotten photograph surfaces and changes everything. Determined to learn the truth, Alaina enlists the help of Jared Brady, who agrees to escort Alaina to his sister in Wyoming. When passions flares and outlaws strand them in the mountains, they must depend on one another to survive.

Combine in a large mixing bowl, ingredients that include: the western frontier, gutsy heroines, determined and strong heroes, and unexpected passions, The Meadowlark Trilogy Megabook bakes a perfect recipe for success. A storyline reminiscent of CBS’s Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, which was an A++ show, Ms. Lampman satisfies the reader with heart-pounding romance and vivid storylines that pull the reader into the story from the first page.

Upon reading the blurb, I jumped at the opportunity to read this novel. Although I initially balked at the page length of the novel, I quickly became immersed in the storylines and fell in loves with the characters. Don’t let the page limit scare you. This is a book no one should miss complete with beautiful scenery that will make you feel like you are there with the characters.

The Meadowlark Trilogy Megabook stirs satisfying stories, whipped with heart-pounding emotions, tender love, and finally serves a satisfying conclusion. Don’t miss out on this great treat! Wonderful job, Ms. Lampman!