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Monday, January 3, 2011

Redeeming Daisy by Tanya Hanson

Redeeming Daisy by Tanya Hanson
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short Story (109 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Larkpsur

Veterinarian rancher Pike Martin has no choice but to advise putting down Daisy Denmore’s fatally ill dog, but she swears it's revenge for her mistreatment of Pike's brother years ago. Although stung by her insult at his professionalism, Pike finds himself drawn to the troubled woman who flounders in faith and aches for love and acceptance.

Costly mistakes have sent Daisy down an unrighteous path. Abandoned by her ex-husband, humiliated and broke, she has no choice but to return to her parents’ home in Mountain Cove, Colorado. As soon as she saves enough money, though, she'll be gone. Until Pike Martin's soft voice, caring manner, and downright empathy for her wounds tempt her to stay.

With God on his side, can Pike help Daisy along the path to forgiveness, trust, and whole-hearted love?

Daisy Densmore crawled back to town with her tail between her legs. She’s got a lot to answer for and in a small town where everybody knows everybody’s business it’s going to be hard to hide if that’s what she wants to do. The last thing she needs is advice from Pike Martin, vet and brother to someone Daisy betrayed. The last thing Pike wants is the job of “Redeeming Daisy”.

Ms. Hanson gives us a believable tale with realistic characters in her second novel featuring Hearts Crossing Ranch. Her storyline deals with disgrace to redemption, about owing up to our mistakes and taking our lumps when needed. It’s also about not being an island and not being afraid to take a hand that reaches out to your even if it’s from someone you don’t think is an ally. It’s very spiritual without overt preaching and more about forgiveness to ourselves.

Her characters were likeable, however I would have liked to had a more in depth knowledge of them. Her hero and heroine were very unlikely candidates for a couple and yet I could feel the pull toward each other that the author gave them. Her romance is full of pitfalls and potholes and when the lightning strikes it strikes fast and furious. Her dialogue could flow a little freer and I would have liked a little more descriptiveness also, but those things did not detract from enjoying the tale.

If you’re the kind of reader who likes a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" story, you’ll love this one.