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5 Stars Out Of 5
Great 'Going Back' Story
December 12, 2011
Can a person really go back to that point in their life when everything they knew ceased to exist? What does a person do when faced with snickers and glares because a family member committed a horrendous crime? Is it possible to forgive someone who caused you heartache years ago and still has the power to hurt you? Those are the questions Janet Tronstad answers in this heartwarming romance in her new Return to Dry Creek series.
I was hooked from the first page when I realized the hero, Wade Stone, was willing to face the wrath of his home town crowd because his mother wanted to return. No matter what he'd suffered, he was willing to accept more if it meant being there for her now. Nine years earlier he'd run from the town and everything dear trying to escape the horror that had befallen his family. That included leaving behind a budding relationship with his first love, Amy - the girl who still filled his dreams no matter how hard he tried to forget her spearmint scent or the taste of their first kiss.
Amy Mitchell lived in a fog for years after Wade skipped town. Growing up next door to each other as friends, she'd trusted him with her heart. Then one snowy Christmas Eve, he'd kissed her on the church steps and said someday he was going to marry her inside that very building. Soon after, everything changed and Wade left town without saying goodbye. Fifteen years old and she put her social life on hold while waiting for his return. Over the years her faith slowly dwindled as everyone told her to face reality. When he drives back into town, Amy must decide if she's willing to put allow her burning embers to spark into a romance because there's no guarantee rodeo rider Wade will stay around this time. Is his return any more real than his leaving had been?
Janet Tronstad is a master at engaging the emotions. I eagerly turned each page, waiting for Wade and Amy to â€˜make up'. They'd only shared one kiss, but Tronstad made it memorable. Not only for Wade and Amy, but for me as well. It was enough to keep me believing they'd get together in the end even though Tronstad littered doubt along their path.
It's very rare that I pick up a Love Inspired romance novel, but after reading this one I think I have been missing out.
Wade Stone left Dry Creek at the age of seventeen and never looked back, although he never forgot his first love Amy Mitchell. A rodeo rider who suffered a fall, he has been off the circuit for several months when he gets a letter from his mother Grace that she is going back home to the ranch in Dry Creek and wants him to come he decides to go because he fears that the town hasn't forgotten his mothers past. One of the first people Wade runs into is Amy, and while she is happy to see the Stone's, her family, who is also the Stone's next door neighbors, are dead set against her having anything to do with them. Will the town of Dry Creek ever accept the Stone's? Will Wade and Amy get a second chance at love?
This was my first time reading anything by Ms. Tronstad, and I am hooked.The depth of the story along with the characters really drew me in. Wade was someone that was struggling with faith, it was nice to see him change and grow through out the story. He was very considerate of his mother. Amy was a character that was so easy to connect with. She never got over her first love, and held out hope that someday he might come back. She had plenty of responsibilities taking care of the family farm while also looking out for her aunt and grandfather. Easily my favorite character had to be Grace, and what I consider the sacrifice she made for her son Wade. She also had unwavering faith that the townspeople would eventually accept them.
A great story that's much more than just an inspirational romance. The author weaves in a bit of suspense, and mystery to make it a page turning story that surprised me at the end. The Christmas feel of the book was just an added bonus for me. Recommended!
A perfect and seasonal choice for Janet Tronstad's return to Dry Creek. After serving nine years in prison for murdering her alcoholic and abusive husband, Gracie Stone returns to the abandoned Dry Creek ranch she had shared with her family. Accompanied by her oldest son Wade, a rodeo champion, she tries to pick up the tattered remnants of her life, guided by the Faith she found in prison. Not everyone welcomes the Stones' return. Wade seeks to regain the love he lost when he left home, Gracie seeks a return to normalcy, and everyone seeks to discover what really happened the night Buck Stone was murdered. If you enjoy a heart-warming story of enduring faith and persevering love, then Sleigh Bells for Dry Creek is for you.