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Friday, March 12, 2010

Snakes and Jails and Puppy Dog Tails by Mallary Mitchell

Snakes And Jails And Puppy Dog Tails by Mallary Mitchell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (27 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Spinster Arabella Trask loves only one man, but he betrayed her. Levi Wallace left her for another and married the woman who carried his child. Now a widower, Levi is injured and desperately needs Arabella's help. Can she risk her heart again?

As he lays dying from a snake bite...

Levi's one regret is losing Bella. He never had the chance to tell her the child wasn't his. He married to save his brother's sorry hide and give the child a name. He longs to have Bella in his life again--will it take divine intervention to get her back?

Snakes And Jails And Puppy Dog Tails is a short story with oodles of emotion. Mallary Mitchell has written something that captures your heart even as the last page leaves you yearning for more.

Eight–years ago Levi Wallace was forced to make a decision that broke his heart. In order to save his brother and father from jail, he had to marry the daughter of the town sheriff and let go of the only girl he ever loved. Arabella Trask was everything he ever wanted, and even as he does what he must, he prays she will find it in her heart to forgive him. A chance encounter brings her back into his life when he needs her most. A widower now and deathly ill, he believes she is an angel from heaven. When the fog lifts and he discovers her in the flesh, can he make amends for the past?

Bella had her heart broken years before by a man who turned out to be a liar and a cheat. Not only did he marry another woman, but she was also several months gone with child. Resigned to let the past go, she meets Levi once again in a twist of fate on a road where his children stand over his body, terrified and uncertain. Learning he has been bitten by a rattlesnake, she quickly jumps into action. Looking into the face she’s longed after for years is difficult, but learning that everything is not what it seems is even worse. Is there more to the past than she realized? Is Levi truly the man she once believed him to be?

This is the kind of story that could easily be made into a full-length novel. Ms. Mitchell has done an amazing job of conveying a whole lot of story in carefully constructed pages. The writing is excellent and makes the journey seem entirely too fast, to the point that you’ll think of the characters long after “The End”. I ached for both Levi and Bella, and as the story unfolded felt my heart melt as they the parted lovers learned the truth and found their happily ever after.

Be sure to put Snakes And Jails And Puppy Dog Tails on your TBR list. This is just the thing for someone who wants to read something that hits the heart, yet, doesn’t take up too much time in the reading chair.