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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A new book by Jane Graves

A Rainbow Valley Novel 
Jane Graves 
Grand Central Publishing 
ISBN:  978-1-455-51519-6 
April 2013 
Contemporary Romance 

Rainbow Valley has been a refuge for animals and Shannon North is the director 
of the local animal shelter.  Her budget is, at best, slim, and she is worried 
that money will run out.  Luke Dawson is the opposite of the altruistic and 
privileged Shannon.  Friends during their adolescence and briefly more 
intimately involved, Luke comes from an abusive, alcoholic, single parent family 
where his father was the town drunk.  Mean to a fault, his father managed to 
drive Luke away.  Now a very successful rodeo rider, Luke has come back for his 
father’s funeral.  He plans to immediately leave town.

But fate has a way of intervening and Luke ends up injured and needing a place 
to bunk.  Shannon has free room in exchange for a caretaker position at the 
animal shelter.  Luke reluctantly agrees to take this job and the sparks and the 
romance begun to fly between these two. 

This is a delightful book, filled with romance, well-developed characters and 
the classic bad boy, good girl couple.  I loved the animals in this book and the 
interactions brought me to tears.  Manny the miniature pony is a special 
character.  Readers will love the hard core Luke with a heart of gold.  Not to 
be missed! 

Reviewed by:  Jeri Neal 
Rating:  4 1/2

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