10 August 2012

Diana's Review Of High Desert Haven by Lynnette Bonner

High Desert Haven
High Desert Haven 
by Lynnette Bonner
5 stars~*****
Review by Diana L. Flowers

Riveting Historical Read!

In High Desert Haven, Book Two in The Shepherd's Heart series, Lynnette Bonner sweeps us away to Shiloh, Oregon; a rancher's paradise with it's beautiful, evergreen filled countryside, wild stallions, and verdant meadows--an untamed land full of promise.

Our beautiful heroine, Nicki, has left her family in Mexico and entered into a marriage of convenience to John Trent, owner of a vast ranch nestled in a lovely valley in Oregon. Even though Nicki doesn't love John, she is heartbroken when he is killed in an accident, and she is left all alone to care for their little son, Sawyer. Her neighbor and John's friend, William, proposes to her to help save her ranch, but Nicki refuses to wed for convenience sake ever again.

Jason, a handsome trail boss, answers an ad Nicki places for help, and an instant attraction occurs between the two. But can Nicki learn to trust this man she barely knows?...and is it possible that she might grow to love William as time goes on? What evil is lurking in the vast beautiful valley, and who is trying to scare people off their ranches and why?...including Nicki. Can Jason find a way for her to pay off her ranch, before it's too late? And was Nicki's husband's death really an accident?

This is my first book by Lynnette Bonner and wow!--can this woman write! Her characters are well rounded and realistic, and Nicki is not afraid to show her femininity by shedding a few tears occasionally. The storyline itself was extremely credible as Ms. Bonner depicts the harsh realities that new settlers often faced. With a smattering of humor, alot of suspense, romance, a strong spiritual thread throughout, and a conclusion that made me cry, this is an absolute must read!


GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week’s contest.  Drawing will be late Saturday.  Your choice of Lynnette's books, choice of format*. Void where prohibited by law. *International winners will only receive the book in ebook format not as a paperback.

23 comments:

  1. I told you before how much I like this review, Diana! And I agree with you - this woman can write!!

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  2. Great Review Diana, this Book sounds awesome and want to win it real bad (smile). I love reading these kind of Books. Please add me to your Drawing.

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Thank you, MARIAN, you are just so kind! I slept the "bleh" away, how about you? lol

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  4. INGRID, I want you to win this book real bad as well! :) Let's hope random number will work in your favor!

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  5. I'm back! Would love to win book one!! Then book two.... :-) Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  6. Am wishing you the Luck of the Irish, KATHLEEN! Although I'm not sure they are so lucky...they have never found that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. lol! Thanks for coming by--we love having you!

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  7. I also slept the bleh away, DIANA. lol
    I had spent to much time on the computer yesterday. Today I'm busy taking care of an older man from church who is selling antique things on the market in my street. It's warm today, so I have to make sure he's drinking enough. ;)

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  8. That is so nice of you, MARIAN! I worry about hubby in this hot weather when he works outside. I hope he drinks enough fluids. I am thankful to the Lord that during the hottest days he has had alot of inside work! God is good!

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  9. Thanks for your kind review, Diana. I'm glad you enjoyed the story!

    Marian, your comment about the market on your street brings back so many memories of Africa and Europe! :) Here we have them, but they are much fewer and further between. :)

    Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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  10. You're welcome, LYNNETTE! My pleasure!

    We mostly have fresh fruit stands here (which I love), and there is an old fashioned place nearby that sells fresh fruits, antiques, plants and flowers, and has a restaurant with good ole fashioned southern cooking. Really a neat place!

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  11. AWESOME!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Enter ME!

    amada_chavez@yahoo.com

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  12. You are entered, AMADA! How could I refuse a plee like that! lol

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  13. Wow.. sounds like a book I would love. Thanks for your post and the chance to win one of her books. Please enter me in to the drawing.

    breathoflifebookreviews@yahoo.com

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  14. KIM JUSTICE, I believe you would really enjoy this one! Here's hoping for a win for you!

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  15. thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  16. Wonderful review!! This book seems to have a bit of everything...grief, sadness, new love, mistrust, suspicion, forgiveness and interesting writing. Sure would like to read this one. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  17. APPLE BLOSSOM-thanks for stopping by and lots of luck in the draw!

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  18. DEBBIE CURTO-thanks for showing an interest in LYNNETTE'S books! Got your name in the hat!

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  19. BARB, you sure you haven't already read it? lol! B/c it sure does have all those things! I'm hoping for a win for you, too, sweet lady!

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  20. I would love to win this book; I love this genre and the cover looks so great. Please enter my name and I will be so grateful!

    Darlene Keith
    spangldlady@gmail.com

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  21. DARLENE, I agree! This cover is stunning and intriguing at the same time! Gotcha entered.

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  22. And the winner of a book by LYYNETTE is...drum roll please.....................ELAINE COOPER! Congrats ELAINE, and enjoy your book!!!

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