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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stormy Weather by Nancy O'Berry

Stormy Weather by Nancy O'Berry
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (94 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

As a woman, Lauren Phelps has suffered the worst life can throw at her. The loss of her breast, the rejection of her husband, a divorce can she pick up the shattered threads of her life and continue?

Cole McGuire met Lauren Phelps through a mutual friend, his mother. When Lauren took a medical leave of absence, he wondered if he would ever see her again. When she returned to Teague and Marshalls, he made sure she was transferred to his office. Now divorced, he wondered if he stood a chance to woo her.

Can Lauren learn to love again after the storm?

Nancy O'Berry takes a subject that instills fear into many, and turns it into a powerful, charming and touching story. Unusual in a short story, her forward takes us through the experience of finding a lump in your breast and the subsequent appointments and treatments with her doctor. By the time the story begins the reader is fully in tune with Lauren Phelps, in a way many who are fortunate enough not to have experienced such trauma, would otherwise find hard to understand fully.

When Cole McGuire, son of the company founder, enters a room all the female hearts start to flutter, their eyes to turn dreamy, and their brains to turn to mush, so when he turns up to escort Lauren Phelps to her new office, it is to the whispered sighs of wistful dreams. Ms. O’Berry creates a warm and loving family environment around Cole, so it’s not surprising when he falls for Lauren, he accepts expert advice to assure he wins his prize.

Cancer survivor Lauren Phelps vows never to become one of life’s victims but when she faces her greatest challenge yet, will she remember her vow?

Ms O’Berry’s heroine is caring and clever. She is popular and you might be forgiven for thinking she’s too good to be true, but you’d be mistaken. It is her strength of character that carries the day. The realism of her fears and her pain make her a truly believable character, and has the reader rooting for her. She certainly had me rooting for her!

It is a story that reminds us that there are thousands of women out there, like Lauren, getting on with their lives as winners. And that for many , like Lauren, there is the right ‘strong’ man who is ready and willing to walk by their side through life. This is a very moving story, and one I am glad I was fortunate enough to read.