Sweet Return
By Scarlet
Oct 21, 2007 - 5:03:39 AM

Joanna Walsh has made a place for herself in the small town of Hatlow, Texas.   She owns Joanna’s Salon & Supplies, a combination beauty salon and janitorial cleaning supply store.   She also has a free-range organic egg operation that is the talk of the tiny town.   Her 200-plus chickens reside at the old Parker place, owned by one Clova Cherry. Clova has her work weary hands full too, what with one drunken loser of a son, and another who is estranged.   When her son Lane is critically injured in a drunk driving accident, Clova is in danger of losing the cattle ranch unless someone arrives to help out.  Joanna thinks that someone should be her absent son, Dalton, photojournalist extraordinaire until she actually meets the obnoxious man.

Dalton has mixed feelings about the mother who never stood up for him with an abusive stepfather.   He has traveled the world and seen his share of hardship and humanity at its lowest point.   He is jaded, unsatisfied and missing something in his nearly forty year old life.  Dalton knows the Walsh woman is exploiting his mother into keeping chickens and as accusations fly, the truth comes out in all its painful glory; his mother has had to mortgage everything just to survive.   Is it the place that calls “home” to him or is it something to do with the sassy woman who has a knack for pushing his buttons?


SWEET RETURN is a fine example of a good solid character-driven romance.   The cast is a strong ensemble, enhancing the story at every turn.   With Joanna and Dalton as lead players I found myself caught up in the drama of each one’s life; bemoaning their hurts and cheering at every joy uncovered along the way.   Dalton is a tortured soul who needs the love and solace Joanna is overflowing with, while she is made to feel beautiful and desirable, and needed by a strong and silent man.   The love scenes are romantic in every sense, the emotional connection easily recognized.   Once again author, Anna Jeffrey shows she is a master at writing a Texas tale that is not only enjoyable, but authentic as well.   This one should not be missed.  

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