A Little Bit Country
Debbie Macomber and Raeanne Thayne
Mira, Aug 25 2015, $7.99
“A Little Bit Country” by Debbie Macomber. Librarian and published author Rorie Campbell drives from San Francisco to Seattle to attend a writer's conference. On a remote county road in Oregon, her car breaks down. Stranded with no nearby motel vacancy, Clay Franklin invites Rorie to stay at his ranch while her vehicle is repaired. Several days together leads to an attraction that shakes both of them up as he has a nice fiancée and she has a boyfriend back home.
“Blackberry Summer” by RaeAnne Thayne. In Hope's Crossing, Colorado, single mom of two kids (Macy and Owen), a dog (Chester) and a pain in the butt mom (Ruth), Claire Bradford owns struggling String Fever beads shop. She loves her town with the only blight being her ex Jeff with his new wife Holly. Someone broke in to her shop in a robbery and also vandalized it by knocking the beads all over the floor and destroying the customized wedding dress of the mayor’s daughter. New Police Chief Riley McKnight arrives at Claire's shop to investigate the fourth store robbery. When he was in high school he had a crush on her that has continued secretly over the years even today.
The 1990 reprint of A Little Bit Country is an appealing country bumpkin-sophisticated urban romance that relies too much on happenchance. The 2011 reprint of Blackberry Summer is an engaging police procedural romance due to the super supporting townsfolk. Though I have doubts these novels belong together, these are two fine tales.