by Bonnie Hobbs
Wounded by her fiance’s betrayal, Rachel Logan returns to her father’s ranch in Arizona Territory determined to live an independent life without a man.
Kol Hawk comes home after ten years in a Yuma Prison for attempting to kill Rachel’s father. His obsession to find justice for the deaths of a Pima woman and her daughter is blindsided when he finds the old man crippled and no longer the once arrogant rancher he remembers.
Rachel’s childhood infatuation with Kol is rekindled and he is drawn to her fierce defense of her father. As they come together to discover the truth behind the murders that changed their lives, can they find solace and an abiding love in each other?
- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Cactus Rose) (March 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509205535
- ISBN-13: 978-1509205530
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
Excellent Use of Characterization and Dialogue
Bonnie Hobbs has a remarkable talent at using dialogue to keep her story moving. Much of what happens in this story is carried through the conversations, arguments, and interaction between the characters, all of whom are well-drawn and believable.
Set near an imaginary town along the Santa Cruz River in Arizona Territory, Hobbs establishes a powerful narrative involving old crimes and relationships gone wrong. I would have loved to give her story five stars, but she missed the mark in describing the Arizona desert and the Santa Cruz River valley. I don't object to her creation of a town near the river with train tracks going north to Tucson, but I was frequently distracted by descriptions of the desert that conflict with the reality of the setting. The Santa Cruz is a beautiful desert river--the operative word being desert--sometimes flowing underground only to surface at intervals into riparian areas rich with trees, birds, and animal life. Rather than aspens, which grow abundantly on the mountains nearby, cottonwoods might have been a better choice for trees growing along the banks. Had I not been familiar with the flora, fauna, and geography of the Sonoran Desert, I might not have noticed the inaccuracies. Even so, readers will find themselves drawn into the narrative through the characters.
I definitely recommend this book. But to those who are familiar with the actual setting, I encourage you to suspend disbelief and join Rachel and Hawk for a fine adventure.
You won't want to put it down...
Bonnie Hobbs does it again!
Sweet Justice was written with such care and knowledge of people and they way they deal with the hard knocks in life, have the courage to overcome, allow themselves to be vulnerable, know what loss feels like and how people deal with it and most of all the hope that comes with any beautiful love story. This book is beyond a love story though as it is filled with rich descriptive beauty of the dessert and the Santa Cruz River. I have been to both places that are described in this book and Bonnie truly brought those places to life for me.
There are wonderful lessons in life and reading Bonnie Hobbs' books remind me of them in a lovely way. Thanks Bonnie!
loved this book and waiting for another by Bonnie Hobbs - Please !!!!