"fun romantic suspense"
Former Los Angeles police officer Doug Hawkins relocates
near Wolf Mountain, Idaho. His first day in the nearby
town, a bargirl takes him to an exclusive location.
However, before anything can happen, a screaming banshee
smacks the fender of his new truck and tells the duo to
leave as they are on her property. Doug later learns that
the beautiful maniac is Los Angeles based realtor Alex
Alex and Doug formally meet in the office of their mutual
friend Forest Service Ranger Ted Benson. When a fire on
her property kills her former husband Charlie, Ted, who is
leaving town to work a different fire, asks Doug to watch
over Alex. As logger Kenny Miller forces an access road
through Alex's property with the support of the locals who
need jobs, she and Doug begin to fall in love. However,
he suspects foul play in the death of Charlie and she was
burned once as a wife leading to the probability that this
relationship will quickly turn to ashes.
Though Kenny seems too inane to pull off the PR needed to
gain the easement to log, fans of romantic suspense novels
will appreciate this warm contemporary tale. The story
line is fun to follow on several levels. Obviously the
love relationship is cleverly devised so that Girl meets
and hates boy until girl and boy fall in love. However,
the deep look at the jobs vs. the environment issue makes
THE LOVE OF A STRANGER a delightful solid novel as Anna
Jeffrey leans towards the tree huggers, but understands
the wages issues so as to provide a balanced tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 1, 2004