Title: Summer Breeze
Author: Catherine Anderson
Category: Historical Romance
Source: Borrowed from library
Review by Candy
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Rachel Hollister is in a prison of her own making. Ever since her family was slaughtered on a picnic, she has refused to leave her house. When her ranch foreman, Darby, is shot, he makes her nearest neighbor, Joseph Paxton keep an eye on her. Joseph is just doing the right thing by protecting Rachel but he can’t deny that he finds her beautiful. As these two slowly get to know each other, they both begin to fall for one another. Will Joseph be able to protect Rachel from am unknown enemy? Is this confirmed bachelor ready to settle down?
Having a degree in history makes me very picky about the historical fiction I do read, especially when it comes to historical romances. All too often they seem to be full if purple prose and weak female characters. Fortunately, Anderson defied my expectations on both accounts and I found myself staying up past my bedtime to finish this book.
At first glance, Rachel seems like a weak character imprisoned by her own fears. As the book progresses and Rachel slowly comes out of her shell, Anderson shows us just how strong she is. Rachel has to overcome her agoraphobia and other mental issues with no help from any professionals.
I loved the story of Joseph and his unsuccessful fight to remain a bachelor. Joseph doesn’t want to be tied down to just one woman. As he gets to know Rachel, though, thoughts of marriage and even children creep into his mind. It took Joseph a while but he finally realized that Rachel was his soulmate.
One of the best parts of the book was the suspense that was thrown in. Joseph and his brother, who is also the town marshall begin to investigate the shooting of Darby, which leads them back to the murder of Rachel’s family. I was actually surprised who committed the crime as I was convinced another character had done it.
Summer Breeze by Catherine Anderson is the third book in the Keegan-Paxton Series but it can be read as a standalone. Anderson has penned a well written historical romance about overcoming your fears and living life. If you enjoy western/historical romances with some suspense thrown in, this book would be a good read for you.
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