"Fine western romance"
Five generations of Butlers have worked the soil of the
family's Medicine Creek Ranch in Wyoming. However, times
and financial circumstances change. Unable to pay his next
note, Cody Butler is selling the ranch to wealthy outsider
Glenn Hubbard, just like many of his neighbors have
recently done. Glenn's attorney Shaye Frazier arrives at
the Cody spread to complete the deal that the owner clearly
detests. Cody knows this place as home and since their
parents died three years ago and he has raised his younger
sister Maribeth there.
Though the circumstances behind the first meeting are
sad and that initial encounter unpleasant, Shaye and Cody
are attracted to one another. With Maribeth and
inadvertently Glenn playing matchmakers, the rancher and
the big city lawyer fall in love. However, will they find
the ground to begin to forge a permanent relationship?
A PLACE CALLED HOME is an enjoyable contemporary
romance due to Judie Aitken's ability to mix humor and
compassion without slowing down the prime plot. The story
line is fun though the conflict and tension between the
lead characters feel as if they resolved too easily. Still
the strong characters gain empathy especially the lead
male, as readers will feel Cody's pain while forced to sell
his family heritage. Ms. Aitken writes an engaging tale
that sub-genre readers will relish.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 25, 2001