Life and Love in Alaska, Volume 6. Please note each story of this series is a short story. Contemporary second chance romance, Ace knew it was her at first glance. Dressed in jeans and a neon yellow safety vest, the woman holding the traffic control sign was the grown-up version of the girl who ran out on him years ago. The stop sign in her hand said it all; stop thinking about her and forget her name. Adele wanted another chance with the man. Would he even listen to her? Every time he sat in the line of cars she held in place waiting to use the one lane, she wanted to walk up to his truck. But how could she? Adele ran out on him.
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2016Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI don’t have a lot of free time, so I love short stories. I also have little patience for purple prose and cannot read some romance author’s works, but I love Cherime MacFarlane’s short romance stories. The last one I read revolved around a white kitten, this one is about a second chance at love. Both were charming, feel good, and easy to read stories.
What made both of these short works of fiction, by this author, totally memorable for me, is that each helped me to discover more about the state, Alaska.
Traffic Control (Life and Love in Alaska Book 6) was an entirely enjoyable reading experience that I highly recommend to short story lovers. It satisfied all my reading requirements, my thirst to learn new things, a feel good ending, an easy read.
February 14, 2016Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI didn’t think I would like this book to start. The first couple chapter’s didn’t grab me; I though the writing was a bit too simplistic. But I kept going and was glad that I did. It really turned out to be very good book that drew you in. Molly lived a difficult life since he loss of her husband. She is clearly a determined, no nonsense, tough woman. She meets her match during a “road trip” to Alaska. During that drive she confides with this guy Lou, who once worked with her dead husband. He is as tough as her but in a subtle gentlemanly way. The book details the internal struggles they both have….and they begin to grow close. The story ends in a manner wherein you know the story is not done. I won’t give away any details, but suffice it to say that this book, that I initially didn’t like, drew me in, and I would like to read the next installment.
February 23, 2016 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Poppy hit a nerve with me from the beginning. I’ve been in situations where frustration was so intense all I wanted to do was scream at the top of my lungs while driving a car. In Poppy’s case, she was not alone and the car crashed through a store’s window.
The book is from the perspective of a young woman (no longer “jail bait” age) who discovers the man who raised her was not her biological father. She experiences anger and humility–anger that she was never told, and humility because of the circumstances of how she and her mother came to live with the man she calls “Poppy.” You experience her emotions, and discover the real truth behind the circumstances.
This is a great book for teens, one they can relate to today with so many families no longer what was considered traditional a generation or two ago. It deals with their super-charged emotions, and also reassurances that they can get through it with the support of the ones who love them.
Life and Love in Alaska, Volume 2. Please note each story of this series is a short story. Sweet, short, contemporary romance. Tina has been putting up with no running water on their farm for over twelve years. Jimmy gets her and the kids out of the house for a week. His aim is to build a bathroom for his wife. Nothing and no one will sidetrack his surprise for Tina, and that includes teen angst and broken equipment. A self-described red-neck, dirt farmer, Jimmy is smarter than he looks. The country boy knows how to keep his wife happy, and Tina appreciates his efforts. Life and love in Alaska can take some real twists and turns but nothing this homesteader can’t handle. boy knows how to keep his wife happy, and Tina appreciates his efforts. Life and love in Alaska can take some real twists and turns but nothing this homesteader can’t handle.
On the outside, this is a story about how to build a bathroom from the ground up. On the inside, this is a story of true love, of going without and scrimping and saving and making sacrifices and working hard all to please the woman he loves. “When Momma’s not happy, nobody’s happy.” I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end. I especially loved the internal voice of the hero and the way he talked to himself throughout. As ever, I am a big fan of this author and I hope to read more of her books in the future.
MacFarlane’s, The Cheat, is a fun read in a quirky kind of way. The two main characters, Francis and Monte are extremely lovable and true to real life. The characters are well-developed exhibiting all the insecurities and flaws that plague us as we search for true soulmate. There’s Francis, an ordinary paralegal, believing she’s fat and forty, and Monte, a popular guitar player with a local band, who thinks Francis is “fancy” fabulous. But there was no convincing Francis of that. She has no confidence in her ability to have and keep Monte; after all, she’d been down that road before and had lost her husband to the town tramp. So her self-confidence had taken a beating, all she was waiting for was for Monte to tell her it’s over. Things took a different turn than she’d expected and poor Francis was having great difficulty accepting the obvious. This was a quick, fun and interesting story. I read it in one sitting.