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Friday, April 15, 2016

4/5 Review: Hearth Song (Home In The Hills) by Lois Greiman

Bravura Lambert has a daughter to raise, a tumbledown house to restore, and a struggling business to run. She doesn't have time to cry over a husband who only shows up when he needs money. She also doesn't need Tonk Redhawk, a Native American artist and wild horse jockey, interfering in her life. So what if he's charming and helpful and makes her autistic five-year-old giggle until she can't stand up? Bravura's husband, Dane, was once all those things too.

When Dane returns to find Tonk's horses in Bravura's pasture and his tools in her shed, he insists on moving back home. Despite his faults, Bravura longs to make her marriage work--after all, she took a vow. But then Dane does the unthinkable, forcing Bravura to finally face the truth about her choices--and about how deeply Tonk cares for her. Once she opens her eyes, she just may be able to open her heart. . .


As a first-time reader of Ms.Greiman, I have to say I really enjoyed it. It's quick, light reading but yet has enough meat and substance to keep the reader from feeling they just consumed massive amounts of fluff. There are a couple of plot twists that keep this story from being all starlight and sunshine plus the writing is good enough to be competitive with other writers. Also this book is #2 in a series.

This story is beautifully written. The author does a great job in writing the characters....Bravura Lambert has a five year old autistic daughter Lily and a husband Dane, who she has not seen since he left for a job out of town a year ago. Without telling her Dane decides to just come back home and Bravura is not happy about it but he is her husband and so tries to make the best of it.You truly feel for Vura and want her to stand up to Dane, who is truly an evil man. My favorite character in the story is Tonk Redhawk, a man who is fighting against demons of his own and still manages to be a good man.

Based upon this book, I will be looking to read more from this author. My only issue is that the overall story has to many details of his misdeeds and of his need to lie her time after time.From my perspective, I really didn't like that he was so willing to not be honest with the woman he is supposed to love. There was enough romance to keep it interesting, but the relationships and struggles of the characters are what made it - she did a great job of getting inside the characters and making the reader feel what the characters were feeling.Books like this often have plot twists - sometimes the author gets it right - sometimes not. In this case, not only does Lois Greiman get's it right, she turns it up a notch. I don't want to give away the surprise at the end, because it really create a very creative and powerful ending; but if you like a story that twists you in a dozen turns before arriving at a satisfying conclusion, this is a book for you.

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