Friday, August 7, 2015

Time For Love - Melinda Curtis

Time For Love
Melinda Curtis
Harlequin Heartwarming, Aug 1 2015, $4.99
Harlequin Digital Sales Corp

Using college as a ticket to escape, teenager Kathy Harris fled Harmony Valley, California.  Away only short time, a pregnancy sent Kathy back to this remote Sonoma Valley hellhole.  She became an alcoholic, which cost her, the trust of her now five-year old son Zach.  Now clean, she works for veterinarian Dr. Gage Janero (see One Perfect Year) who also hires “miracle worker” horse whisperer Dylan O’Brian, son of an alcoholic, to work with the animals.

Kathy’s brother Flynn (see Summer Kisses) worries about his sister’s sobriety; so he hires Dylan, who needs the money, to keep his sib sober but must never tell her.  Dylan knows good deeds sometimes lead to punishment like when he opens his Redemption Ranch to help recovering alcoholics only to have his ex-wife use that as a tool to gain custody of their eight-year old child Truman.  As Kathy and Dylan fall in love, he needs to tell her the truth, but doubts that will set him free in the way he wants.

The latest Harmony Valley romance (see Season of Change) is a leisurely-paced family drama that looks closely at the impact of alcoholism on loved ones.  Working with seemingly dangerous horses augments a heartwarming contemporary.

Harriet Klausner

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