by Anna Jeffrey

February 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21388-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

The Love of a Lawman could have been an exceptional read, but “only” turned into a good one. It’s a powerful story with strong characters, tortured by their pasts and their current problems, but introduces towards the end an unnecessary suspense element.

Isabelle Rondeau and John Thomas Bradshaw, Jr. are passionate about life, horses and family and thus have much in common. But those same passions threaten their relationship. Isabelle returns to Callister, Idaho to get away from her ex, to be closer to her brother and to spend more quality time with her ten year old daughter. Home has changed though and so have its people. She’s not looking for a new man in her life, however John, a former rodeo star and Callister’s new sheriff, welcomes her with open arms. Younger by a couple years he had no chance when they both were high school students, but now Izzy needs help with her horses and he’s more than happy to give her that and more.

When the case of a missing person turns into a homicide investigation, and Izzy’s brother turns out the most likely suspect, Izzy and John struggle with loyalties, trust and love. Sadly here the story rushes towards its black moment and its happy ending, leaving the readers in danger of feeling unsatisfied. Anna Jeffrey’s writing voice is wonderful though. And with her clear and precise style she manages to draw her readers once more back to the town of Callister, Idaho, presenting capable and sensitive characters and an emotional story that apart from its rushed ending is sure to please many readers.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Kris Alice.

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