by Amy Mistretta

May 2004
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Seven years ago, Sable Cannibury left home, family and her childhood love to strike out on her own. She worked two jobs and, with the help of scholarships, Sable put herself through college and Veterinary school. In those seven years, Sable went home only once, for her Grandmother’s funeral. There she was shunned by her family and Gage; her love. Now she has to go home because Grandma left her 1/3 of the family farm and Sable needs to figure out what she wants to do with it.

Gage’s life did not turn out the way he wanted it to. Now he works on the Cannibury farm for Sable’s cousin Jake, not as the carpenter he has always wanted to be. When word gets around that Sable is coming back, Gage and Jake plan to run her off by ignoring her and being generally mean and distrusting. However, Gage just can’t do it, for he realizes right away that he has never stopped loving Sable.

My first impression of Cannibury Hill was that this was going to be a straight love story with a little bit of family dynamics thrown in. However, I began to realize that there was also intrigue to be added as well. The love story was sweet and passionate. Gage tries to be strong, but luckily he folds under Sable. She is a determined woman, trying to force her cousin to accept her back onto the family farm and to make Gage admit that they had, and could still have, something wonderful. The intrigue is thrown in when someone starts to stalk Sable and finally “abducts” her. Ms. Mistretta writes this intrigue so well, that I never guessed who it was; of course she throws a minimum of four suspects at us! Well written and completely a joy to read, Cannibury Hill should be next on your list of “what to read”.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Vikky.

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