by Janet Dailey

June 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7222-8
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Mass Market Paperback

The Calder family owns six-hundred square miles of cattle land in Montana called the Triple C Ranch. They have owned this land since the beginning of the movement west. Now there is a dispute about an area inside the land and who owns it.

Chase Calder and his son, Ty, run the Triple C with the help of Ty’s second wife, Jessy. However, Jessy is pregnant with twins and will soon have to relinquish her joy of working the ranch and take up the joys of motherhood. Ty’s ex wife, Tara, returns home and starts to impose herself in the homestead again, but Tara is the least of Jessy’s worries as other dilemmas and problems start popping up around the Triple C.

Green Calder Grass is the sixth book in the Calder series. Kensington Books picked the series up so it is the first they publish. I mention this because I did not realize it when I chose this book for review. Unfortunately, I have not read the previous novels and was a bit lost about the history of the family and the relationships. Ty Calder allows his ex-wife to stay with his family and gives her free range at the homestead. He sees no problem with this, even though everyone knows that she is a conniving woman and has him set in her sights again.

Throughout the book, Jessy is thought of as a strong woman who stands up and faces her problems. As I perceived it, however, she continually allowed her “competition” to stay at her home without too much fuss. The one time she has a problem with it, instead of confronting the woman, she ends up arguing with her husband, Ty. I had trouble with the almost non-existence of emotions between the married couples and the excess of emotions between Ty and Tara. Maybe it is because I had not read the previous novels that I found this entire story emotionless except for the anger I felt almost every time I turned a page due to Ty’s obliviousness to what was going on around him.

I was further confused, in that I believed this to be a romance and found nothing remotely romantic about the story line. I searched the Internet to get some type of idea as to where this story was headed, was it a prequel to the next books? I found nothing that mentioned it. However, how can the sixth book of a series be a prequel, a set up, for the remaining stories? Overall I can’t say I truly enjoyed this story as it did not quite meet my expectations of what a romance novel is supposed to be.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Vikky.

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