Former Navy SEAL Lucas Chaffee is settling back into civilian life, refurbishing a farmhouse for an old friend who plans to turn it into a culinary school. Celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand has been publicly humiliated by a philandering husband. So Madeline jumps at the chance to return to Shelter Bay to recover and help her grandmother turn the family farm into a new business.
Little does she know that the man who broke her heart years ago is already on the job-or that he's going to cook up a recipe of passion, patience, and perseverance to win her over.
This tear-jerking tale of a commitment-shy professional cook learning to love a former Navy SEAL in idyllic rural Oregon, the third in Ross's Shelter Bay series (after One Summer and The Homecoming), may ring familiar bells for readers of Christina Skye's A Home by the Sea, but Ross's concern with social issues like spousal abuse and post-traumatic stress broadens this savory romance into more substantial literary fare. Madeline Durand is a dedicated hands-on devotee of organic food and down-home recipes produced with passion and soul. As a teenager, Maddy had an awful falling-out with delectably hunky Lucas Chaffee, but when the two reconnect as adults, his determination to marry her gradually gets her off the treadmill she'd been on and into a knee-weakening burst of lust. The busybodies of Shelter Bay are more than happy to support the two as they slowly make their way toward happiness. Agent: Writers House. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/21/2011
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1 . not even close to her best
Posted February 08, 2012 by cooper , new jerseyWhile I understand this whole Shelter Bay series is close to her heart, Ms Ross's story line for this series is not nearly up to her standards of previous works. Usually she is a fun, entertaining read......this was painful. Lucas was a SEAL and war hero in previous appearances, in this novel he was just annoying, but certainly not as irritating as Maddy......she's pushy, needy, misguided and aggressive....all at the same time. It was about 100 pages too long with dialogue about building a kitchen.......really!!!! Maybe all these 'reality' chef shows have a place on TV, but defintely not on my bookshelf.....I have read everyone of Ms Ross's books......this series.....especially On Lavender Lane...... does not come close......
January 03, 2012
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