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A Great Intro to Jo Goodman's Novels:
by jjares on May 5, 2013Rachel Bailey has been in Reidsville, Colorado for 15 months. During that time she has remained isolated by rebuffing the efforts of the men of the town. A seamstress by trade, she quietly goes about her business providing beautiful fashions to the ladies.
Unbeknownst to her, Sheriff Wyatt Cooper has been keeping an eye on Rachel. When a prominent man of the region dies, it sets off a chain of events that affect Rachel and Wyatt now - and long into the future. Rachel has been hiding from her past and eventually she must fact it.
This is my first book by Jo Goodman and I?m ecstatic! The author is articulate, has a wry sense of humor and uses a subtle touch with her characters! At a time when so many authors are dumbing-down their books, it is wonderful to see an author with a vocabulary and who isn?t afraid to use it.
So often a hero is demanding, powerful and puts folks in their place quickly. Wyatt plays against this stereotype by using humor, meeting folks part-way and taking the time to let folks work through their feelings and issues. He doesn?t need to use a weapon because he reasons out what he wants and seeks a way to get it without bloodshed.
Because he?s been married before, he has the understanding and patience to let Rachel work through her anger and fears. The dialogue between these two is full of sly and wry wit. I could see this couple sparring in my mind?s eye ? what a great pair!
Rachel grows quickly by her association with Wyatt. She goes from the town recluse to having an open-door policy for folks in need. It was a joy to see her bloom.
I thought the other romance in this story was used to provide balance. Without Will and Rose, the story might have sounded too syrupy-sweet. They add a large dose of reality ? they?re just plain folks who find themselves attracted to the other. No one in town expects much of either Will or Rose; but their symbiotic relationship creates a much-more-interesting and accomplished couple.
All of these characters reappear in the second book. Enjoy!
1) Never Love a Lawman (2009)
2) Marry Me (2010)
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