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Friday, July 1, 2011

Saving Pale Moon by Theresa Stillwagon

Saving Pale Moon by Theresa Stillwagon
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (136 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Jessica Callaway isn’t happy. Maybe meeting her birth mother now would be a good thing.

And it would be if only for her brother.

Blake Hunter doesn’t trust her. Why is she here now, after finding out about Abby twenty years ago? She does look like his adopted mother, but he plans on keeping a cool head until the verifying blood tests are done.

Jessie senses his distrust, but she is still way too aware of him. The mere sound of his voice sets her on edge. When her birth mother tells her Blake is adopted, she relaxes her guard and decides to enjoy her time in Texas. With all the horses surrounding her, especially Pale Moon, she’s in heaven.

Unfortunately Blake isn’t as accepting as the other Hunters.

Has she done the right thing coming to Texas? Or has Jessie made the biggest mistake of her life?

Jessie Callaway came to Hunter Dude Ranch looking for answers. Because that's where her biological mother lived, and Jessie decided it was about time to meet and confront her. So many questions Jessie needed answering did not happen right away, but she found something she least expected- love and acceptance. Not just from her mother, but from most other family members as well. Except for Blake.

What would anyone do in the situation of a stranger showing up at your home with claims to being someone's daughter? Blake knows nothing about Jessie, and therefore he has his suspicions. He keeps his guard up, searching for clues that would explain exactly what Jessie wants from her biological mother, and why she's here now after all this time.

Jessie is a charming woman. She has a love for a special horse that lives at the ranch: Pale Moon. The Hunter family is full of quirky people, but with so much heart and kindness. Ms. Stillwagon creates a family that is close knit and warm, and adds the right amount of suspense about the reasons Jessie was put up for adoption in the first place. Sure, the characterization of many could have been fleshed out a little more, but it didn't keep me from reading on and enjoying the touching moments, or the funny moments that made the Hunters so great to read about. And after awhile, Blake's guard dropped and I liked him more and more.

If you enjoy a heartwarming story involving family and love, then Saving Pale Moon could be the story you are looking for.