"Hallie is in danger. Will helping cost Chance his life or free them to love?"
Hallie Royer, divorced mother of 7-year old twins, learned
at her stepfather's funeral that there was more to his
death than officially reported. Because she doesn't know
whom she can trust, she is cautious when she opens the
hidden box holding information of his investigation. To
her horror, she finds her ex-husband is among those her
stepfather was investigating and she must flee to save
herself and her daughters. Because her escape from Arizona
did not leave time for planning, she is now stranded in a
snowstorm with little money or hope. Perhaps it was fate
that Hallie's truck broke down in Nevada near the Last
Chance Qualtrough is a descendant of the original settlers
of Primrose Creek. He kindly offers use of his aunt's
house for lodging to the bedraggled trio and Last Chance
Café owner, Madge, offers Hallie a temporary waitress job.
She needs a short rest and time to organize and plan; so
she accepts their aide. That the townsfolk opened their
hearts and homes to them is both a blessing and a curse, as
Hallie does not want to endanger anyone else and knows she
must leave quickly if necessary.
Chance recognizes that Hallie is in trouble and wants to
help, but first he has to have her trust. So when she
leaves unexpectedly, he follows and insists on bringing her
back to his ranch and helping her. Will this cost him his
life or free the love of his life to come to him?
LLM's skill at developing down-to-earth characters gives
small town Primrose Creek a safe, homespun feel that
readers can appreciate. Interwoven with that is the
intensity of foreboding that contrasts with the
peacefulness of this small town. You can understand why
Hallie wishes to avoid bringing danger to these people but
you are not surprised when the townsfolk show their
strength and join forces to protect her and her children as
one of their own.
Chase and Hallie develop a heartwarming relationship that
is a pleasure to share as they work together to assure the
truth is known and those they love are safe. They make
believable choices in the face of the danger present. Ms.
Miller keeps the suspense going until the end and even
after the danger is past, Chase and Hallie must work on
their relationship and trust.
Although most of the books I have read by LLM are
historical, she has done well in this trip from the past to
the present day at Primrose Creek. If you wish to read
more of the settling of Primrose Creek, THE WOMEN OF
PRIMROSE CREEK tells the story of four sisters rebuilding
their life after the US Civil war.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted March 25, 2002