Dances Under The Harvest Moon
Harlequin SuperRomance, Oct 1 2015, $6.75
In Heartache, Tennessee, twenty-eight year old “good girl” (for staying home to care for her bipolar mom) Heather Finley and her brother Mack (see Promises under the Peach Tree) attend the wedding of their sister Erin (see Nights under the Tennessee Stars). Their youngest sibling Ashley refuses to return to a place she fled as a teen. After the wedding Heather plans to go for her dream of becoming a country singer by competing in America’s Voice in Charlotte.
Filled with remorse for failing his sister after their father went to prison, Mayor Zach Chance asks Heather questions about her late father that disturbs the soon to leave town woman. Concealing his other motive of being attracted to her, his query upsets Heather. She ponders to be a country star or not by doing what she always has done: protect her family. However Zach offers a third option while a stalker plots a fourth outcome.
The third Finleys of Heartache romance is a winning contemporary that looks closely at the impact of a chronic condition on the sufferer, her family (especially how different her four children reacted to their mom after their dad died) and the townsfolk. Although the suspense comes late and feels unnecessary, once again Joanne Rock authors a profound Volunteer State family drama.