Gib Douglas has been on the road a long time, with no place to really call home. When he pays a Christmas visit to relatives in Sweetgrass Springs, the last person he expects to encounter is the girl he loved with all his heart, the girl who'd promised to marry him and love him forever...until she betrayed him and married someone else.
Dulcie Maguire gave up her dreams so that Gib could follow his all those years ago. She made a decent life for herself while watching him soar to success with great pride, never expecting to see him again. Now widowed, she's in dire straits with four children depending on her, when into her life walks Gib again - and she realizes that she's never gotten over him.
But the man he's become is not the boy she once knew - and he may never forgive her, once he knows the secret she's been concealing.
©2016 Jean Brashear (P)2016 Jean Brashear
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"Just OK for me.."
This story has been told a thousand times. The story about the boy and girl who parted and she was pregnant and didn’t tell him for years, until they came together 14 years later. They still love each other but Gib was still mad at her because she broke his heart and Dulcie wanted him to stay away because she was afraid he’d see that Torie was his. Cute but you can only retell this story so many times. And after 10 books about this town and family I think I’m done with them. It was entertaining novella but still...
Since I read the first book I’ve probably read hundreds of other authors so I can’t remember any of the couples like I should. I read the first Gallagher book in June of 2012 and since then I’ve read over 1500 books so, no, I don’t recall that book or the characters either. Time to put Ruby, Arnie, Scarlet, Jackson, Rissa, Boone, Maddie, and all the others to rest. It’s just too ridiculous to think someone will remember characters from book one when you mention them in book 20 or 25 or 30. But, that’s just my opinion. Feel free to disagree.
There was no sex and one kiss at the end of the book.
As to the narrator: Eric Dove is one of my favorite narrators. He does an excellent job of giving the women their own distinct voice, as well as the men, and reads with great emotion.
This is an enchanting, heartwarming story. It will make you cry, laugh and cheer. It was much more than just a Christmas story, it was a true romance and lovely story about how special love can be, while having to deal with conceived betrayal, secrets, sacrifice and forgiveness. A story you can listen to anytime of the year. Gib is a swoon worthy hero that will melt your heart and make you want to take him in your arms for a big hug! Dulcie is sweet, caring and selfless, and her strength and deep love for Gib has you wanting to comfort her and want her to have her HEA. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend this book to anyone. It was also nice catching up on some of the other Sweetgrass Springs characters. Eric Dove has such a knack with voices and brings the story to life adding another level of enjoyment to the story.
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