by Marin Thomas

October 2007
ISBN: 978-0-373-75188-4
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Mass Market Paperback

Appalachia, Kentucky

Sullivan Mooreland was a reporter on a mission. The Seattle-based journalist had gotten a lead for a fantastic story about a legendary bootlegger who worked from the back hills of Kentucky. Sensing that this article could be the one to lead to his coveted promotion to an editor, Sullivan loaded up his prized cherry red Corvette and headed to the mountains of Appalachia. Unfamiliar with the back winding roads, Sully soon is in a heap of trouble when he runs out of gas, and gets chased by a pack of hound dogs. Saved by an alluring woman dressed in coveralls and a floppy hat, toting a shotgun, Sullivan realizes she is his ticket into this tight knit mountain clan, and finding his story on Lightening Jack.

School teacher Johanna Macpherson knows right from the get go that this “flatlander” is nothing but trouble, but can’t help being amused by his naiveté when it comes to the ways of the mountain people. Saving him from ole’ Jeb’s hungry hounds, Jo takes the reporter back to her place and reluctantly caves to his charm. Jo’s distrust of men, especially flatlanders, is deep rooted in her dealings with the only man she had ever been intimate with, the father of her precocious six-year-old daughter, Katie. Rejected by him because of her heritage, Jo returned to her home in the hollow determined to raise her daughter amongst the people who love and cared for her all her life. Wanting to give back to the clan, Jo single handedly runs the school for the diminishing number of clan children. Lacking the funding of regular public schools, Jo resorts to her family’s secret, Jo comes from a long line of bootleggers! Sullivan Mooreland immediately starts ingratiating himself in Jo’s world and winning over her heart and that of her fatherless daughter. If Jo lets Sully completely in, she could lose everything she has fought so hard and long For the Children!

Marin Thomas knows how too win over the reader’s favor by combining the right amount of humor, a good strong plot, and believable characters, and does so with her newest book For the Children. For the Children kicks off the Heart of Appalachia series. You will laugh out loud at the antics of Jo trying to detour Sully from her trail! You won’t want to miss this one!

Reviewed in September 2007 by Bonnie.

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