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R.C. Ryan

The Legacy of Copper...

Running a ranch is filled with unrelenting work, isolation, harsh elements, and a high risk of failure so it hardly seems like an ideal setting for a novel. However, these same components shape and mold a man’s or woman’s character, imparting determination, resilience, courage, and the appreciation of family. That is why readers are so drawn to books with a western setting. In The Legacy of Copper Creek, hero Whit Mackenzie personifies these characteristic and more. Whit is no stranger to hard work. He has lived all of his life in Montana, surviving twenty hour work days—laboring in blizzards with temperatures below freezing and then under the sweltering, merciless summertime sun. And as for the isolation, as a loner—a trait that made its appearance when he was in his early teens -- Whit welcomes the time alone even though he has a sincere gratitude for his well-meaning, boisterous family. So after spending a long day dropping off hay for his cattle because of an unexpected spring snowstorm, Whit is looking forward to relaxing solitude in one of his family’s remote range shacks. Instead, Whit finds an unauthorized squatter. From the first moment of their charged meeting, Whit felt that sizzle of attraction—he would have had to have been dead not to have been attracted to the half-naked woman with the riotous thick blonde hair, and green eyes. But Cara is a mystery, keeping her secrets close. Still the time spent in the cabin fosters a hint of intimacy that lingers long after they leave. Cara’s mother was only fifteen when she gave birth to her. Raised by her grandmother, Cara’s childhood was filled with unconditional love. But somehow Cara’s life has gotten off track. She almost slipped into an abusive relationship. That experience, plus the lack of progress in her career, leaves her feeling she has to earn people’s regards. But the Mackenzies from the very beginning treat her differently. She is showered with immediate acceptance and regarded like family. It is a heady feeling –this sense of belonging, even if Cara doesn’t believe she deserves it. Whit’s family knows that Whit and Cara are a perfect match. They both are unpretentious with an appreciation for the simple things in life—the beauty of snow-capped mountains and the fun of playing Scrabble. However, unsurprisingly, their romance is complicated and difficult. Bear Mackenzie’s killer is still loose, and trouble follows Cara to her sanctuary. The Legacy of Copper Creek is filled with heartwarming moments –from the no-holds-barred snowball fight between Whit and Cara to the simple family blessing over a home-cooked meal. It is also a story of two deserving people finally finding the “one” amidst danger and menace. It is a book to enjoy on these hot summer nights.

Leigh
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Lee Robinson

Lawyer For the Dog

There is nothing more exciting to a reader than to discover an author who writes what she knows. This one aspect can bring a book to a whole new level, providing it a much appreciated authenticity. Lee Robinson’s twenty-years of experience as an attorney, plus her years spent in Charleston, South Carolina, give her an unprecedented expertise, allowing her to fill Lawyer for the Dog with vivid details and droll humor about our judicial system and Southern culture. However, the heart of the story is the genuine characters and poignant multifaceted relationships. Running her own law firm, and taking care of her mother’s declining health due to her Alzheimer’s diagnosis, leaves Sally with little free time. So it’s no wonder that she is extremely reluctant to take on even more responsibility. But Sally’s ex-husband Judge Baynard has always had the ability to sway her. which is how she ends up accepting his bizarre request that she act as an attorney for Sherman, a miniature schnauzer, whose custody dispute is tying up Joe’s court docket. As Sally intrepidly tries to determine how you actually represent a dog, she is thrown together with the divorcing Harts, Joe, Sherman, and Sherman’s veterinary, Tony Borden. This case rapidly brings home the fact that even as relationships end, the remembrances can keep you tethered, leaving you to wonder if you stamped finis on it too soon or not soon enough. Off with the old, on with the new, or does the old still have that spark? With a gentle hand, Ms. Robinson’s explores the ever changing parent-child relationship and the complexity of now parenting your parent. Sally experiences elation when her mother is lucid—because her mother, the woman who raised her, is there. But she also experiences sadness and protectiveness, along with weariness, when her mother’s childlike behavior takes hold. I found this part of the book extremely moving since I’ve experienced this myself. It’s a joy to watch Sherman work a little bit of magic on Sally’s mother, as he acts as a conduit to forgotten memories. Sally’s relationship with her mother is not the only one explored. Ms. Robinson deftly delves into the many types of friendships, including romantic, and how these relationships can sustain you when the going gets tough. It is a heartwarming reminder to validate the people in our lives. And while Sally has long proven that she doesn't need a man in her life, she's again tempted to give love a second shot. Lawyer for the Dog is filled with gratifying humor, poignant emotions, wonderful friendships and hints of love-- along with exploring the benefits of our canine-human bonds. It’s sure to entertain you.

Leigh
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