by Geralyn Dawson

August 2003
ISBN: 0-743-44266-0
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Mass Market Paperback

On her first date with Nicholas Sutherland, the hottest lawyer in Dallas, Kate Harmon receives a call on her cell phone with the news that her 80-year-old father has been in a car accident and is in the hospital. Even though Kate's relationship with her father is this close to an estrangement, she rushes to his side. It soon becomes apparent to Kate that Jack Harmon is going to need long-term care. Brother Tom backs out because he has a company to run and stress over her father`s injuries have hospitalized Kate's sister, Sarah, with the threat of miscarriage. So Kate does the only thing she can do–she agrees to move in with her Dad and take care of him until he recovers.

Packing up her 17-year-old son, Ryan, and his former nanny, Adele, who is Kate's best friend, the up-and-coming CPA leaves for Cedar Dell, Texas, the town that Kate couldn't wait to leave when she herself was seventeen. She had big dreams for the future then; dreams that suddenly seemed unattainable when she found herself pregnant and without support from her father. Labeled the town slut by the good citizens of Cedar Dell, coming home has never been easy for Kate, especially the last time when she came home for her mother's funeral.

Determined to make the best of a bad situation and provide the care that her father needs, Kate is literally stunned to discover that her neighbor is Max Cooper, Cedar Dell's former football star and Ryan's father. Max himself recently returned to Cedar Dell to live with his precocious 5-year-old daughter, Shannon, after the death of Nana Jean, the nanny who had raised Shannon since the death of Shannon's mother, Rose. Soon, both families are getting a little too close for comfort thanks to the innocence and charm of the little girl whose favorite color is Pig Pink.

Max Cooper is still very much attracted to Kate and not happy at all when Nicholas Sutherland continues his pursuit of Kate in Cedar Dell. Max also has issues that he wants to settle with his son, so that he can be the father that he always wanted to be. On top of that, there are the local gossip mongers, the Widows, who won't let sleeping dogs lie, and simply won't let anyone live in peace until all of Cedar Dell finds out the identity of Ryan's father, a well-kept secret all these years.

Geralyn Dawson gives us a wonderful read in My Big Old Texas Heartache. She uses humor to lighten elements that otherwise could be very depressing. Her characters are so vivid you begin to feel that you have known them all your life. Kate has enough Texas heartaches to make her cut and run, but all the struggles that she has gone through have given her the backbone to make it all work. This is another delightful read from the winner of Romantic Times Magazine's Career Achievement Award. Run to your bookstore today; you won't regret it.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Vivian.

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