Summer Breeze

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Anderson offers another chapter in the Coulter Family series. In 1889 Colorado, Rachel Hollister has barricaded herself away with a case of what would today be called agoraphobia. She has good reason to fear open spaces, since five years ago she was the only survivor of a still-unsolved sniper attack on her family. When her hired man is similarly ambushed, neighboring rancher Joseph Paxton offers to help. Rachel has no choice but to use a stranger as her only link to the outside world. Subsequent mutual attraction becomes hard to act upon when one half of the couple lives in a self-imposed prison. Joseph resolves to find the murderer of Rachel’s family and help her overcome her fears. There is a long passage of back-story towards the end, with information important to the resolution. It would have been more effective if the events had been incorporated into the plot, rather than have Joseph merely tell it all to Rachel. I was pleasantly surprised when a character who seemed destined for a certain fate did not turn out as expected. Rachel’s plausible fears and her means of coping are realistically portrayed. An enjoyable historical romance.

 

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