Monday, August 29, 2016

RENEGADE by Lisa Bingham

Publisher:     Penguin      
Published:     January 5, 2016
ISBN:        978-0425278536
Genre:       Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Jace Taggart may be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, but somehow he makes it look easy.  He runs the family ranch and business, he cares for his younger brother, Barry and looks out for his neighbors.  He also has a part of himself he struggles to keep hidden, tucked away until some future time when the world isn’t quite so heavy.  The last thing he needs is to become in involved with a woman…and fall in love.  But when he comes across Bronte Cupaceck sitting in her broken down van in front of her grandmother Annie’s house, all his good intentions seem to fall by the wayside.

Bronte is on the run.  Having had enough of an abusive marriage with a drug addict husband she’s packed up her two girls and headed west to her grandmother, Annie’s.  Trying to hide the real reason for fleeing her life in Boston she’s taken her daughters, Lily and Kari to some tourist spots across the country, but now it’s time to confront her demons.  Arriving at her grandmother’s she is at the end of her rope when she discovers that her grandmother has taken a fall and is in the hospital. Not willing to trust another man after her struggles in her marriage she cannot help but let Jace in – just a little bit.  But there is something about the man who keeps showing up every time she needs someone to be there for her that touches her broken heart.  But like Jace, Bronte has a full plate…too much to handle and a struggle to balance her needs and those of her children.

How can they find a way to make peace with the roadblocks in their lives and let their hearts have their way?

On the surface Lisa Bingham’s RENEGADE, book 2 in her Taggart Brothers series, reads like your average sweet romance.  Through twists in their lives Jace and Bronte find each other.  Their relationship seems doomed because of Bronte’s daughters and Jace’s younger brother.  As I said, that is on the surface.  As you read more deeply into the story Bingham takes on some of life’s more difficult challenges and through her characters she meets them head on with compassion and genuine human emotion.  The challenges are none that anyone would willingly seek, and you hope you never have to confront.  Bingham doesn’t toss out any easy solutions, but step-by-step her characters realistically confront their demons and find real resolutions.  She clearly writes from the heart.

There were a few times I felt like telling her to “get on with it,” but those seemingly tedious moments are not all that different from the roadblocks we have in our own lives.  As the book ended I felt like I was parting from some people I would like to know in my own life.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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