on Aug. 18, 2018 :
An enjoyable read.
(reviewed 5 years after purchase)
on July 3, 2013 :
One of my favorite Authors. Not just for this book, but also for many that she writes for the rest of us Authors.
This effort is right in line with rest of her books.
Well done, good read.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Sep. 12, 2011 :
i love kate tanner! lol! i just can't get enough! :)
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 6, 2011 :
This is definitely one of my favorite authors. I already have multiple books downloaded to the nook application on my phone. I am so glad to see some of her work on this site!!
To Annette- Cell phones were still not common in the late 90's. At least not in rural places. I lived in Arkansas in '97 and the few people that had a cell phone didn't get that great of service and the pricing was out of this world. So please actually look at not only the time period but also the location. I understand that this girl was rich but sometimes only a pager was necessary. But pagers still had the same problem. I still look at TV shows from early 2000 and they tend to use more pagers and the corner phone booth than cell phones. The whole virgin line I can totally see that happening. I have uttered that same line in front of others myself when I was still a virgin. I wasn't ashamed of it, I glorified in that simple fact myself. Please do not put your actions on someone else. That is rather juvenile to think that everyone should act, speak, walk, and pretty much be the same. As for the heroine in the book. Have you never heard the phrase, "hiding in plain sight." Sometimes it is best to change a little about yourself and still hide out in plain sight. No one expects it. How many times have you lost your keys and when you found them they were in plain sight? As for the whole town talking about a deceased person, well it has happened. I think I have pointed out that I lived in Arkansas. Well let me put it to you in clear terms small towns gossip about everyone, reminisce about those who have passed on and they are really into everyones business. 10 years to go on about a dead person is not that bad. The civil war was 150 years ago and people in the south still talk about their family members that fought in the war. So yet again if you have never experienced any of this before then please do not put your judgements on what you do not know about.
Back to the novel. The town does remind me of where I grew up, but only I lived in a southern community. Well done! Keep up the good work!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on July 4, 2011 :
This was awful. The first line is "June 1997" and shortly thereafter, the main character is getting off an Amtrak train. Despite the date given, people in this story ride horses to get where they're going. For entertainment, the town has horse races, potlucks and square dances. What exactly are "prairie clothes"? And why does no one in this story, even those who are wealthy enough to have 'servants', not have cell phones, pagers or just use regular phones in 1997? Instead, multiple people just appear, traveling from out of state unannounced. Everything in this story would have been more appropriate set at least 70 years in the past.
The beginning makes it clear the main plot is the murder of the main character's parents. She witnesses this at night, rides off on a horse and goes to one of her brother's homes, the one who lives further away. Must've been a really fast horse and a full moon. I understand she is supposed to be terrified for her life, but who the heck would just demand to get taken to a shop without mentioning "hey, our parents are dead". She manages not to think about her parents or their murder for a good portion of the book.
The characters are shallow, immature and generally lacking intelligence. What kind of adult throws cats off a roof to cause a distraction, because they are jealous? Who stays with a spouse who is a psycho, manipulating shrew...for a decade? I found it a bit odd that a grown woman would just blurt out "I'm still a virgin!" to her brother. EWWW. What kind of person thinks (this is the gist) "I've seen my brothers shirtless and didn't react this way..." double EWWW! Why would an entire town CONSTANTLY bring up someone's deceased spouse? Why would an entire town worship someone just because they were so very sweet and pretty. It was silly, trite and unrealistic.
The main female was half spoiled rich girl and half hard working, astonishingly perceptive and innocent. She's scared and trying to hide...but wants to talk to everyone. She just witnessed her parents murder, ran for her life and she wants to win a horse race! The male was a grouchy wimp that let people walk all over him for years. He even advised others to let jerks take advantage because it was easier.
Conversation between characters was bad, and male characters were constantly described as "he's a good man", so often it became ridiculous.
This story had issues on all levels. I'm disgusted I wasted money on this, especially after reading the great reviews here...did they read the same book?
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on April 26, 2011 :
Oh My! This was so very fun to read! I kept my hubby awake when I kept laughing out loud! Well worth you money and your time!
Just pure enjoyment!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on March 16, 2011 :
Love, love, love this book!!!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 1, 2011 :
charming, witty, and romantic story. Full of Chuckles and suspense. I really enjoyed this story.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on July 15, 2010 :
Such an amazing story! I stayed up all night reading it and now its almost nine in the morning and I have yet to go to sleep! The characters were so well rounded out and I never expected to feel such hatred towards a dead woman, but here I am cursing Georgia's name. I loved the comedic tones in this story and the friendship and romance was heartwarming. Definitely worth a night of no sleep to read.
(review of free book)
on April 4, 2010 :
Enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Well done
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
on March 8, 2010 :
Not my usual type of book but i think you converted me.
Its one of those stories that makes you smile and laugh aloud to yourself. Great read :)
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)