by Barbara Clark

October 2002
ISBN: 1-59088-875-8
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Trade Paperback

Originally titled Annie’s Rainbow and Ms. Clark’s ‘first’ sale to Kensington’s Precious Gems Line, the story was rewritten and renamed Rainbow Valley. It’s a beautiful ‘feel good’ romance that remains a ‘keeper’ on reader fans shelves, with either title.

Annie Reed is a gourmet chef in desperate need of a job. After turning down what she thought was a great prospect but was actually a ‘personal proposition’ from rancher Ben Russell, Annie is left in Dripping Springs, Arizona, broke, stranded, and wondering what to do. Luck seems on her side when she hears rancher Jake Stone talking about needing a ranch cook immediately. She quickly applies and then has to convince Jake that she can do the job. Annie doesn’t realize that from that time on, it will be a constant battle of wills --- and a rocky road to romance she surprisingly finds herself traveling on.

Jake Stone has a lot on his hands right now: with Ben Russell trying to claim his ranch, a mortgage to meet to prevent that, and needing a cook that won’t poison his ranch hands. He has very little confidence that city girl Annie can meet the requirements --- much less that she’d want to stay. Bitter lessons with women in his past has taught Jake not to trust so easily any woman --- especially one that’s so obviously ‘city-bred’.

Being such total opposites of each other, will Annie and Jake learn to accept their love and make their lives and goals work out for both of them?

Annie and Jake’s love is a touching, tender, yet truly passionate, story that touches the hearts of readers. Ms. Clark’s talent in bringing out the many faceted characteristics of her hero and heroine is very evident in this book. You feel the passion, the soul deep love, the internal demons that each has, and when you’ve finished reading the last page, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wishing that their story went on just a little longer! Don’t miss this one!

Reviewed in February 2003 by Kari.

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