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    Review of BEAUTY & THE BEASTLY RANCHER by Judy Christenberry (see her website)


    Silhouette Romance #1678, August 2003

    Joe Crawford has a face only a mother could love. Fortunately, beautiful widow Anna Pointer is a mother with two young children who need a father. Anna is a fighter who won't ask anyone for anything, but when Joe rescues her from two attackers, she can't help notice the kind and loving man. A man who is wonderful to her children and gives her thrills that her late husband never even attempted. Still, when Joe starts talking marriage, Anna knows he is crazy. He may love her children, but he's never mentioned the 'L' word about her.

    Best-selling author Judy Christenberry (see more reviews of novels by Christenberry) loves fairy tale romances and BEAUTY & THE BEASTLY RANCHER is a classic fairy tale. Perhaps love will tame this beast, but neither Anna nor Joe is willing to open their hearts--and their marriage seems doomed to crumble when it faces a crisis--as it must. Rich and successful Joe might not be cover-model material, but he's tall and strong and a cowboy--plenty to build a fantasy on.

    Christenberry uses secondary characters--Joe's mother, sisters-in-law, and especially Anna's daughter, as matchmakers, driving the relationship forward and giving the reader assurance that the two really are meant for one another--once they dare to trust.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 8/09/03

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