Bitter Legacy by C.B. Clark

Ruth West - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Title: Bitter Legacy
Author: C.B. Clark
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published: June 7, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Bitter Legacy took a few chapters to get into the story. The initial opening chapter features Sharla-Jean returning to her hometown for her father's funeral, wearing a bright red dress. After being estranged with him for seventeen years, she returns to speak with his lawyer and discover what her father left for her. Big Jim's daughter isn't the only one tangled in the will that requires her and Josh, her father's close friend to work together to run her father's mill. At first glance, Sharla-Jean is a tough character but she's not incredibly likable. She's flaunting herself at the funeral, which doesn't help and the town hates her for leaving. Being thrown a new character and finding them unlikeable from the beginning makes it harder to engage with them and empathize their drama. The more that I read Bitter Legacy the more her character began to grow on me and soften, but my initial disconnect with the main character was difficult overall to get over. Josh is a ballsy character, that's pushy but not entirely unreasonable in suggesting a way around the arrangement required by Big Jim. The two of them bang heads or rather lips but there isn't an instant love even if there's an instant attraction, while they seem to hate each other. Working together, they have to discover and solve the mystery of who is trying to destroy the lumber mill and wants them dead.
Reviewed by Kate

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Mail Order Groom by Dana Wayne

Ruth West - Friday, July 21, 2017

Title: Mail Order Groom
Author: Dana Wayne
Publisher: Y&R Publishing, LLC
Published: April 2017
Genre: Historical, Western 

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but am confused as to the title in how it relates. The Hero was not mail ordered that I could tell. The Heroine and other main characters definitely made me feel for her and the Hero as well. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the Villain was just nasty enough I wanted to do away with him as well. I think the book was satisfactorily written but needs more editing. There were areas that were a bit confusing when first started to read the paragraph/chapter that you had to remember who was talking and what they were talking about, so it could use a bit more attention in that regard.
Overall it was a good book and I really enjoyed it.
Reviewed by Barb Wallace

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