In the heart of Arizona’s Sonora Desert, a little girl in need of her father, a woman in need of forgiveness, and a war hero in need of love come together to create a family…
Before he left for Afghanistan, Jake O’Reilly had everything—a beautiful wife, a baby on the way, a wonderful life. Three years later, his wife is dead and he is so haunted by his memories of war that he can’t bring himself to go home. But when his wife’s grandfather tracks him down and persuades him to come work on his ranch, where Jake’s daughter is living, he agrees—even though he is reluctant to expose his little girl to the man he’s become.
At Flying Cloud Ranch, his daughter doesn’t recognize the brooding stranger he’s become. But the beauty of the ranch and the immediate connection Jake feels with his wife’s cousin Kira slowly begins to heal his wounds. Though he doesn’t want any complications, he finds himself impossibly drawn to the tough woman who runs a horse therapy program for troubled teens. And as they each begin to imagine a new future, they discover that happily ever after is always within reach—if only you are willing to open your heart . . .
It’s been so very long since I’ve read anything from Janet Dailey I was any sure what I’d think. At one point I really enjoyed the series she wrote each featuring one state in the US, but that was so long ago and I stopped reading because they were becoming dated.
From the moment I picked up Sunrise Canyon, I knew I was going to love it. This broken family doing their best and, even in their brokenness, still helping others was going to touch my heart. And it did.
Each one of these characters is well developed and interesting. The way they’ve been brought together to bring us a sweet romance filled with hope brings us a warm and realistic escape from our day.
Ms. Dailey died in 2013 and Sunrise Canyon is the first of her Americana series to be redone. I’d originally thought this would be just an updated version of her previous release but it didn’t feel like it. It felt new and original. I’m quite impressed with how the book was revamped!
|Source:||I borrowed Sunrise Canyon from NetGalley|
|Publisher & Date:||February 28th 2017 by Zebra|
|Genre:||Contemporary Western Romance|
|ISBN:||1420140108 (ISBN13: 9781420140101)|
|Steam:||Adult | there is just one short and non-graphic steamy scene|
|Setting:||Sonora Desert, Arizona|
|Series:||New Americana #1|
Born in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa, she attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska before meeting her husband, Bill. Bill and Janet worked together in construction and land development until they “retired” to travel throughout the United States, inspiring Janet to write the Americana series of romances, where she set a novel in every state of the Union. In 1974, Janet Dailey was the first American author to write for Harlequin. Her first novel was NO QUARTER ASKED.
She had since gone on to write approximately 90 novels, 21 of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List. She won many awards and accolades for her work, appearing widely on Radio and Television. Today, there are over three hundred million Janet Dailey books in print in 19 different languages, making her one of the most popular novelists in the world.
Janet Dailey passed away peacefully in her home in Branson on Saturday, December 14, 2013. She was 69.
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