That Runaway Summer

Author: Darlene Gardner

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: October 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Jill Jacobi will do whatever it takes to protect her younger brother, Chris, from her father's abusive new wife. Unfortunately, she had to spirit him away, remaining hidden and on the run, until their father is willing to accept that his wife is hurting Chris. Now, they have made their way to Indigo Springs and have settled into somewhat of a life. But of course, being on the run constantly means making no ties, no friends, and definitely not falling in love.

Veterinarian Dan Maguire has no plans to start dating or to fall in love, despite the machinations of some well-intentioned friends. However, he cannot help but be intrigued by Jill and her sunny personality. What would be the harm in one date?

Jill resists as much as she can. After all, she has a brother to protect. But being on the run for so long has not made her immune to love. Will she let down her guard for Dan?

THAT RUNAWAY SUMMER is another swift moving story from Darlene Gardner. Jill is a protector and will do whatever it takes to make Chris safe again. He is not the boy she has loved all her life; he is merely going through the motions. On the other hand, constantly running has made it difficult to establish any sort of friendships and Jill misses friends and yes, men. As much as she would like to avoid Dan, that is proving to be impossible. I liked how he gradually became involved in their lives through ways she did not expect. It is always great revisiting Indigo Springs and I enjoyed seeing what past characters were up to. Darlene Gardner builds the emotional intensity nicely in this book until its inevitable ending. Will Jill make the right choices? Can she protect Chris and still be in love? Do not miss the last book in the Indigo Springs series!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sarah W

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