Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Book Review: Snowbound in Dry Creek


Snowbound in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad Love Inspired #465 Oct 08

This is an excellent read. It’s the 3rd book I’ve read this year and already the 2nd one to go to my Top Ten list – and the year just started! It’s also the 2nd book in a row to hit the top ten by the same author. I’ve read over a dozen of this author’s books and these last 2 seem to portray an emotional level above any of her earlier works.

Jenny Collins is a widow with 2 kids. Almost penniless, she moved her young family to her only possession of worth – a small house on an acreage outside of Dry Creek, Montana. Barely any furniture and no job, Jenny has a tough time providing what they need but they have a roof over their heads and lots of love.

Unfortunately there isn’t any money for a Christmas tree or decorations or even for the items on their Santa’s wish list but she’ll hope they’ll understand, young as they are.

They won’t be spending Christmas alone, however. Rodeo champion Zach Lightning drives through town 2 days before Christmas looking for a vet for his horse. The part-time vet takes the horse and in exchange Zach must deliver the last mail run before Christmas. His last stop is Jenny’s house. He’s a bit worried when he sees her lack of furniture and there’s a storm coming but she reassures him she has someone to call if she needs help. Zach gets in the postal truck and heads to town, determined to get his horse and head out to Las Vegas where a willing showgirl is waiting with open arms.

But Zach has a stowaway. Jenny’s daughter has decided to go to the North Pole and she’s hidden in the postal truck. Zach brings the girl back to a frantic Jenny but by then the storm has hit and he’s stuck at her place. He thinks that maybe being snowbound with a gorgeous widow won’t be so bad if he can get her away from the kids for some snuggles and cuddles, but he soon realizes that Jenny is a church-goer who doesn’t fool around.

Over the next couple days, Zach sees Christmas not only through a child’s eyes, but through the eyes of people who love each other – something he missed in his own childhood. So, he’ll have a nice Christmas and then split because he doesn’t do the church thing and this isn’t the life for him.

Heat Level: Affectionate

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; Top 10 list)
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2009 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge: 3 books read

Harlequin Imprint: 3, Others: 0
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3 comments:

  1. Sounds good, Anita. Hopefully one of my LI's will grace your review shelf one day. ;)

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  2. Anita Mae -- I'm delighted that you read, and enjoyed, Snowbound in Dry Creek. I always have a soft spot for a hero that doesn't feel worthy of the heroine.

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  3. Hey Kel, from what I've read of your writing, I don't doubt they will and yes, I'll certainly review them. (Anita rubs her hands together and lets out a maniacal laught m-w-a-ha-ha-ha)

    Hey Janet, I loved your last 2 Dry Creek stories. And maybe that's why I so thoroughly enjoyed this one. Maybe IMHO, you were able to write with such deep emotion because of your sore spot for a hero who 'doesn't feel worthy of the heroine'

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