Houseful of Strangers

Author: Linda Barrett

Publisher: Harlequin SuperRomance

Release Date: March 13, 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Dr. Eric Mitchell is forced to seek help for his veterinarian practice after he broke his arm, but the lady vet who shows up isn’t quite what he had expected.  He doubts the scrawny woman with small hands will be able to handle the strenuous tasks required to be performed in his place.  Nevertheless, Eric decides to give her a chance since he has agreed to hire her as his assistant for six months anyway.

Alison Truesdale had been looking forward to finally laying the past to rest and moving forward with her life when she accepted the six-month-long stint in Twin Lakes, New York.  Her young son, Billy, died two years ago, and then came the drunken decline afterwards of her husband of fourteen years, ending in his death in a drunk driving accident just one short month later.  After having retreated into herself, Alison thinks she’s now ready to move on and pull herself together.  But then she meets the handsome vet who is now her employer—and his ten-year-old son, Joey.


A living, breathing reminder of what she has lost, Joey causes Alison to reconsider staying on, but she knows she is needed, and besides, she needs the work.  Before long, though, Eric and Joey have become people Alison cares deeply about, but will she admit she has come to love them?  On the other hand, will Eric allow himself to take a chance at love again after his prior bitter divorce and custody battle when he realizes he has feelings for the pretty vet?  Perhaps the runaway hiding in his barn can teach him a thing or two about love and what’s really important in life?  Can this HOUSEFUL OF STRANGERS become a home where love can flourish?  


I always know when I pick up a Linda Barrett novel that I am in for a heartwarming treat that I will quickly devour, but not without savoring every bite as I’m reading.  Every character birthed in Ms. Barrett’s mind flows from her pen straight into my heart and quickly takes up residence there.  Winner of the 2006 Holt Medallion for THE DAUGHTER HE NEVER KNEW, Ms. Barrett has another bestseller on her hands with HOUSEFUL OF STRANGERS.  What happens when you combine a bit of kindness, a dash of caring, a smidgen of romance, and a HOUSEFUL OF STRANGERS?  You end up with a home full of love!  Run to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of this newly-released contemporary from Linda Barrett—you don’t want to miss this one!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sherri Myers

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