Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble. Thomas Nelson, 2011. 333pg. (978-1-59554-269-4)
Eden and Clay Larson got married after they met in Hawaii and she got pregnant. It was a rocky marriage from the beginning and when their baby girl was kidnapped and then assumed dead Eden couldn’t handle it anymore and filed for divorce. Five years later Eden has become a Christian and is dating a man she met at church, she knows he’s about to propose but still hasn’t summoned up the courage to tell him about her divorce and baby girl. And then Clay walks into the restaurant and tells her they are still married because he never signed the papers and he tells her he may have found their little girl. Someone sent him a postcard of five smiling little girls at the Bluebird Ranch and a note on the back, “Your daughter misses you. You’d better hurry if you want to see her.”
In order to find out which girl in the photo is theirs, Eden agrees to pose as his happily married wife so they can get a job at the Bluebird Ranch, a foster-care transition ranch. But it’s not as simple as getting DNA samples from the girls and waiting for the results. There’s her mom who abandoned her to be dealt with, a drug lord, disappearing and reappearing pickup trucks, burning sheds, children to be loved and disciplined, and a husband to fall in love with.
I didn’t like this book as well as Colleen Coble’s other books in the series, Lonestar Secrets, Lonestar Sanctuary and Lonestar Homecoming. (Though you don’t have to read them as a series, they stand alone very well, and you don’t really realize it’s a series although the characters from the first ones appear in the later ones.) It just doesn’t seem natural that Eden would at the drop of a hat go with Clay and that the couple who hired them as dorm parents proceeds as if nothing wrong happened when Clay and Eden confess their ulterior motives and marital troubles. And all the plot twists regarding Eden’s mother and father seem a bit farfetched.
After reading the other Lonestar books I guess I was expecting a bit more or something a little different from Lonestar Angel. It’s still a fun and enjoyable read. (And don't worry, I'll get around to writing a review for the other books in the near future.)
Steamy notice: Eden and Clay are technically still married and they share a bed. A couple of kisses are shared and it’s implied that they have sex once. I’m actually writing this book review a week or two after reading the book and couldn’t really remember anything other than knowing there were some kisses. Abbie’s review of the book at Abbie’s Reading Corner reminded me of the rest.