Sunday, September 23, 2012

Falling For The Cowboy-Mary Leo

Falling For The Cowboy

Mary Leo

Harlequin American, Oct 2 2012, $5.25

ISBN: 9780373754274

In Briggs, Idaho, pediatric dentist Dr. Blake Granger has a problem as his receptionist Kitty will soon go on maternity leave. Kitty’s sister Maggie Daniels offers to replace her sibling temporarily to ease her sibling’s fears. However, Maggie, a former marketing executive has no plans to remain in the small-town. Knowing he needs help with the dental practice especially as a single dad raising a ranching tomboy, he hires her.

From that first encounter at the donut shop, Maggie and Blake are attracted to one another. Both knows acting on their feelings will lead to each being hurt as he is small-town and she is big city; besides which he learned firsthand what a career woman choses if it is between the love of a husband and daughter, and a job. Still neither can say no.

The often used theme of big city careerist and rural rancher falling in love (see the Hallmark movie Straight from the Heart) is made fresh by the strong protagonists and a deep support cast. The key to this delightful contemporary is neither lifestyle is condemned as long as a person uses their backbone to choose what is right for them. Fans will enjoy Maggie and Blake falling in love encouraged by their respective families.

Harriet Klausner

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