by Kathie DeNosky

November 2002
ISBN: 0-373-76475-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette
Mass Market Paperback

If you have ever lived in a small town you will definitely be able to relate to A Lawman In Her Stocking. Tranquility is a small town in Texas where the men have had the run, so to say, of the town, and where everyone knows everyone else and what everyone is doing. Don't you just love a small town? No privacy but you get really good friends that help out when another is in need. Of course the best matchmakers are also in small towns (what else are the ladies to do?). The matchmaking commences with just Brenna’s grandmother Abigail and Dylan’s uncle Pete but soon the whole town gets involved.

Brenna arrives in Tranquility to put her past behind her and start doing what she wants to do, which is running her own shop and teaching. She has opened a craft store and is teaching folk art painting along with being the “Story Lady” for the elementary school - where she dresses the part for the story. She has been hurt badly before by a man she thought she loved - so she is not looking to get involved with anyone anytime soon. But when she sees the Sheriff in the rafters without a shirt she is speechless. Once he comes down doesn't help a lot either because of the harness still around his hips that outlines him so nicely.

Dylan has been burnt badly before as well and doesn't want to get involved with anyone, especially Brenna since he knows she is trouble with a capital “T” - that is trouble to his sanity and his willpower. But he can’t fight the attraction and the need to protect her so he gives up trying.

A Lawman In Her Stocking is a fast read and hilarious at times, especially when the women decide the town needs an improvement and starts making them over the men’s objections. Ms. DeNosky is able to take a small town with all the eccentric people and bring together a story of love that heals past hurts and mistrusts and forges a new love of both hero and heroine and the town itself. The secondary characters are fabulous - from Abigail that can’t remember anyone’s name to uncle Pete and his unusual greeting of new people to town to all the councilmen and women.

If you haven't read a book by Kathie DeNosky, pick this one up. You will not be sorry; it has all the things you are looking for - adventure, trust, mending a broken heart and unending love.

Reviewed in October 2002 by Pam.

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