"This author always writes a good romance."
A decade ago Zoey Phillips, Charlotte Moore, and Lydia
Lane met as members of the Jasper Park Lodge female summer
staff. They stayed in contact with one another over the
years and now attend the tenth anniversary event at the
lodge. Another attendee suggests everyone look up their
first love, but Zoey has no plans to seek out her teenage
crush Ryan Donelly. However, six months later fate
intercedes when a close friend asks Zoey to come home to
help her with her stepmother's wedding. The Toronto-based
independent book editor agrees to return to Stoney Creek,
At home, Zoey sees Ryan, but though attracted to him,
she dreams of his older brother, rancher Cameron, father of
a little girl. While Ryan flirts with Zoey, Cam melts her
with his deadly bedroom eyes, leaving her bewildered by her
deepening feelings for a precious girl and her father.
However, Cam was burned once in a relationship before so
commitment seems unlikely on his part.
The first of three "Girlfriend" tales, ZOEY PHILLIPS is
an enjoyable contemporary romance that showcases
relationships in a small Canadian town. The story line is
simplistic but engages the audience, as Zoey is quite a
lead character, one who is so confident in the big
cosmopolitan city, but has doubts fitting in her own
hometown. Cam is a typical category male, but his daughter
keeps him off of a pedestal for hunks so that Zoey and
readers sees the complete person. Judith Bowen's opening
gamut is a fun read.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 6, 2001