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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stone House Farm by Rhobin L. Courtright

Stone House Farm by Rhobin L. Courtright
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (187 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Amanda Blanchard’s ex-husband caused her present predicament—cash-poor except for her centennial family farm. Property taxes are overdue but she has a good job, and she has a mare pregnant with a foal whose sale will pay those taxes. To sell the last of her father’s prize Morgan horses seems unimaginable, but she must secure her home to raise her daughter, Kari.

Land developer Wade Preston sends her a letter threatening foreclosure if she doesn’t sell him her land. In a face-to-face confrontation she tells Wade she will not sell, but their paths cross again when she finds him in her orchard, shot. A storm has knocked out the old farmhouse’s electricity and phone. She needs to save Wade’s life, but will whoever shot him try to finish the job? Will whoever wounded him harm her and Kari, too?

Amanda Blanchard has lost all confidence in her own good judgment. The man she married, who had been so supporting and loving at first, turned out to be a greedy, manipulative user. Not wanting to share her with a child she adopted, he divorced her, taking a big chunk of her inheritance.

Now Wade Preston, her “heart-throb” in high school is back and his development company is threatening to take even more of her inheritance away from her. At least that is the way it seems.

Wade Preston, a well-educated, self-made man, heads up a successful business, but realized he has allowed a partner and his brother too much leeway in running the project at Manistee. They have created serious problems. With business problems to sort out and an ex-fiancĂ© that refuses to accept the “ex” part, Preston sets out to make things right, but ends up shot, unconscious, and covered with snow in Amanda’s orchard.

The events, mystery, and suspense that surround Amanda’s Stone House after she drags the unconscious Wade into her kitchen keep the reader on pins and needles. Her efforts to keep everybody and everything safe during the isolating snow storm reveals much about Amanda’s true self. The amount of energy she expends is amazing. She is a spunky lady even in the face of some heartbreaking events.

Rhobin L. Courtright creates characters and a setting that pulls the reader into the situation where things look dire for Amanda until her modern knight in shining armor comes to the rescue. Stone House Farm is crammed full of characters to love, to hate, or even to wish for as friends. But, best of all is the love that grows amid all the turmoil. GOOD READING!