Item description for Mommy's Hometown Hero (The Dalton Brothers, Book 2) (Love Inspired #477) by Merrillee Whren...
Overview His objective: marriage. His opponent: a stubborn single mom. After ten years, Rachel Charbonneau is finally back in South Dakota. But she intends to sell her family's farm and rush ""home"" to the city. Ex-solidier Matt Dalton won't let her go without a fight. Well, a secret fight. He can't let her know he's loved her since they were kids. Or that thoughts of her saved him through the worst of times. And Rachel seems scared to tell him the real reason she wants to leave. So, his strategy: arm himself with all the faith and love necessary to be her hometown hero.
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Studio: Steeple Hill
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.7" Width: 4.6" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2009
Publisher Steeple Hill
Series Love Inspired
ISBN 0373875134 ISBN13 9780373875139
Reviews - What do customers think about Mommy's Hometown Hero (The Dalton Brothers, Book 2) (Love Inspired #477)?
A Wonderful Realistic Romance Mar 28, 2010
I thought these characters were very realistic and that the dialogue was authentic. Since Rachel had a rough marriage, it's easy to understand why she wasn't sure about staying in South Dakota. She was also an actress, so she had to decide what to do about her life in California as well. Even through that, old memories of her childhood crush with Matt kept coming to the surface. In real life, people don't just jump into that type of relationship. Both sides will have their hesitations and wonder if their friendship will lead to something more, so I applaud the author for not rushing the romance but giving it time to naturally develop.
As much as I enjoyed Rachel, I fell in love with Matt. What appealed to me was that he was scarred from the war and had a limp, but he didn't turn his back on God. He was a sweet and terrific guy. I can understand why Rachel had such a crush on him!
An added bonus for me was the trip they took to Rapid City. I've been through South Dakota several times and love being there. It was so fun to visit Wall Drug, the 1880s town, and the Black Hills. That was probably my favorite part of the book...but for sentimental reasons.
Don't Waste Your Money Apr 28, 2009
The editor obviously didn't read much of this one. The plot had potential but the stilted, unrealistic dialogue destroyed the experience. The characters each had potential, but came across as stick figures with no real flesh and bones. The six year old girl came across as anywhere from five to fifteen. I got half way through before I had to put it down as a wasted effort. When I was in first grade dialogue similar to, "Look! Look! See Spot run!" was interesting and fascinating, but not now. The author needs to take a step back and really listen to herself.
Take this sample for example: "She could imagine the three of them as a family. She shook herself mentally for such thoughts. She couldn't let these thoughts take root in her mind. Matt loved the country life, but even if that weren't a problem, her lack of faith would keep them apart." These four sentences pretty much spell out the major plot line -- and she tends to repeat the same condensed plot line over and over and over with little evolution of the story line between narrations. The reader is repeatedly bashed over the head with such stilted writing.
My advice to the author is to take a good vacation where she can listen to how people talk to each other. Then come back and try again. My advice to her editor is to do your job and keep such unpolished, unrealistic writing from being published. The potential for a good, uplifting read was there. But, that was all it was -- potential.