LOVE STORIES IN THIS TOWN
AMANDA EYRE WARD
Ballatine Books, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
$14.00 US/ $16.50 CAN
Rating: 3 cups
Should I Be Scared?
In the days following September 11, 2001, a young woman is terrified of what is to come. Her husband reassures her to no avail.
A sad story of how one person’s paranoia can ruin a relationship.
Butte as in Beautiful
Annie is a young librarian in Butte, Montana. Her boyfriend proposes to her, but an experience with a library patron puts doubts in her mind.
I respect the character of Annie for the choices she has to make.
The Stars Are Bright in Texas
Kim and Greg are a young couple recovering from a miscarriage. On a trip to Texas in search of a house, this couple finds healing.
This story contains promise and hope.
On Messalonskee Lake
Lizzy is a ballerina with the Boston ballet and Bill loves the outdoors. A tragic family story has this couple rethinking what matters.
This is a wonderful tale of how opposites attract and make their relationship work.
Mimi and her husband are trying to get pregnant. Through the stress of work and life, things happen to bring the idea of being parents into perspective.
This story hits close to home for me and I feel Mimi’s pain.
The Way the Sky Changed
Casey is in publishing and her husband died in the North Tower on September 11. She is going through a difficult time until she meets Kent, a widower whose wife died on Flight 11.
This tale tells of how triumphant the human spirit can be in the face of tragedy.
Miss Montana’s Wedding Day
Lola is a young woman who thinks she is in love. That is until her boyfriend falls in love with Miss Montana while Lola is in New York for Christmas.
I like Lola. She is a strong willed character who tries to make the best of a bad situation
Nan and Claude
Nan Wilkerson is Lola’s mother. She is amazed to learn her only child eloped in Las Vegas. Claude is Nan’s hairstylist. These two lie to each other in order to make their lives look pleasant.
These two are a sad duo. I cannot imagine wanting to impress someone that much.
She Almost Wrote Love
Lola’s father, Fred, shows up on her doorstep. Lola’s husband, Emmett, cannot deal with the way Fred runs his daughter down. After begging for a tour of Emmett’s job, Fred leaves in a huff.
Too much drama surrounds Fred. My heart broke for Lola when she had to choose between Emmett and her dad.
Motherhood and Terrorism
Lola and Emmett are now living in Saudi Arabia. Emmett’s job as a geologist has opened many doors of opportunities for the couple. Lola is having a hard time coping.
I cannot imagine living in a place surrounded by terrorism. And this couple does it out of choice.
The Blue Flame
Sissy is Emmett’s mother and she comes to Austin, Texas, to help Emmett and Lola out. With a new baby, Louis, things are strained. Sissy reminisces about her days as a young wife and mother.
Sissy reminds me of a couple of people in my life. There is an odd bit of humor to be found in this tale.
Grandpa Fred in Love
Fred is back. He is bound and determined to make Lola’s life rougher than it already is. As a mother of two, her life is hectic enough. Now, Fred wants her to take him to meet a woman he met on the Internet.
Fred gives me a headache. I could feel Lola’s pain in this tale.
All in all these are some wonderful stories. Ms. Ward does not sugarcoat the truth. She lays it all out on the table, the good and the bad. The stories are each relatable on some level. From dealing with the fear of terrorist attacks to the breakdown of a relationship, the characters seem very real. I enjoyed the stories of Lola the best because she is a strong character who just breaks down. Life is not always pleasant, but, in the end, it is certainly worth the ride.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More