Thursday, January 25, 2018

A TOUCH OF FROST by Jo Goodman

Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     June 6, 2017 
ISBN:        978-0399584275
Genre:      Historical Western Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


When her sister Fiona asked her to come to Twin Star ranch Phoebe Apple did not hesitate to pack her bags and go.  In fact she packed up all she had, moved out of her apartment and headed west.  What she didn’t expect was to be taken – kidnapped off the train she was on.  Even less she expected that one of the passengers, who turned out to be her sister’s stepson, Remington Frost, to come after her to rescue her.  After her rescue is effected and she is settled on the Twin Star ranch, Phoebe has a chance to get to know Remington and Remington her.  While they are somewhat puzzled that Thaddeus Frost, Remington’s father, has no interest in pursuing the kidnappers, they accept his decision and move forward with their lives.  Part of that moving forward includes a growing affection between Remington and Phoebe.  But when a deputy and family friend who are pursuing the kidnappers is murdered, Remington and Phoebe just cannot let it go.  Can they find the kidnapper before someone else is killed?   Even more important, do they really want to know who it is?

It has been some time since I read a Jo Goodman book but within a few pages of her latest, TOUCH OF FROST I was reminded of why I love her writing and why western romances have always been my favorite.  Goodman writes such wonderful characters. Even if sometimes their actions seem unrealistic, the characters themselves come across as real.  And those times when they seem a tad off base?  Goodman has a reason why and it is explained either by that character or by one close to them. 

I loved the setting of TOUCH OF FROST and Goodman brings the scenery alive.  You know what it is like to be on a horse you just don’t know how to sit and at the same time you feel the poetry of Remington in the saddle. 

TOUCH OF FROST is one of those reads that you just want to settle down for a few days and slowly meander your reading through.  You want to take time to visualize the scene and not rush to the next one.  I was thrilled to see this will be a series and that the next book, TOUCH OF FIRE will be out late in spring of 2018. 

While TOUCH OF FROST is a historical western, any romance reader will enjoy the story because of Goodman’s writing and the really terrific characters.

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

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