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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Review - Love, Lilies, and the Unbroken Straw by Teri Wilson

Title: Love, Lilies, and the Unbroken Straw
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Buy Link: Love, Lilies and the Unbroken Straw

Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Christabel Wilde's life has just turned upside down. With little more than the clothes on her back and her newly rescued Chihuahua tucked under her arm, she makes a pledge to start over and applies for a job as a groom at a horse rescue farm. Nevermind that she's never been up close to a horse before, she has a bigger secret to hide. A mysterious gift her new neighbor, Dr. Declan Armstrong, is determined to uncover. When the irresistible veterinarian volunteers to give her riding lessons, Christabel knows it could be the end of her secret. With the Easter holiday approaching, she tries to remember that sometimes what looks like the end is really a new beginning.

In one word: sweet! This chaste romance was a breath of fresh air, with characters more interested in getting to know each other than jumping into bed. Their romance is a shy and innocent affair based around daily encounters rather then carefully arranged dates.

Another thing I like about this story is that the characters have passions having nothing to do with each other. Christabel often takes time to talk about flowers and their meaning, and Declan is quick to teach her – and vicariously the readers – all he knows about horses. And the better part of their information is right – though not all, Percherons only come in black or grey, never roan – for which I have to give kudos to Wilson.

However, this story leaves a lot of loose ends. The greatest of these is Christabel’s healing ability. It appears for no apparent reason, works without her consent or understanding, is accepted without question by those around her, and no one seems overly interested in it beyond when it is convenient to the plot. Really, just because it is magic, doesn’t mean it’s exempt from some sort of explanation.

Overall, I’d recommend this story for those looking for something closer to a true romance. And, in fact, I already have.

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