Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: 'Fire On The Farm' by Betty Shreffler

Author Betty Shreffler describes herself as a mix of country, nerdy, sassy, sweet and a whole lot of sense of humor.’ She writes paranormal romantic suspense and contemporary romance - sexy and suspenseful stories with hot alphas and tough heroines that have twists you don’t expect. She also writes beautiful and sexy romances with tough women and their journeys at finding love.

Betty introduces the depths of her story with a well-written Prologue – ‘Have you ever been trapped in quicksand? Feeling like you're sinking into a terrifying abyss and there is no one to save you? Neither have I, but it's the best description I can come up with for what it feels like to suffer from depression. That's how you feel when depression hits you—like you're mentally and emotionally sinking into a black hole from which there is no return. No one can save you. No one's cheery smiles, cupcakes, lasagna, or casserole dishes can pull you back from the darkness that consumes you. You lose your sense of self, your self-value, you begin questioning every decision you ever made in your life and how it is you got to this point—feeling as though you have no reason to go on. You begin feeling like life handed you its best hand and you played it poorly. You lost the pot, and now the game is over. But it doesn't have to end like that. It never has to be the end. There is always beauty to be found, always love to be shared. You just have to find the strength to get up each day. To shower and put on clothes. Then the next step, to take one foot out your front door, into the vast world and do the hardest part—trust in your journey. Wherever it may lead.‘

FIRE ON THE FARM is not just an erotic romance tale – it is a tale of two love stories and the highs and lows that accompany them. Betty handles the death of her character’s husband well in the first chapters and then we meet Brock Baisdin and the synopsis takes us form there – ‘Losing the man she loved to a terrible accident, pushes Amy Flanders into a life of independence. Her only source of comfort is her work—a business dedicated to the care and training of horses. Until one lonely night leads her into the arms of Brock Baisdin. A man who fulfills her deepest desires and reignites a flame long forgotten. Between his picky tastes and running his own business, Brock Baisdin has little time for women, but that doesn't stop him from looking for love. After saving Amy from a cancelled date, Brock is instantly drawn to the shy and beautiful woman hiding secrets beneath her lust-filled baby blues—secrets he finds himself eager to discover. Undeniable attraction pulls them into each other's arms. Hope draws them into each other's lives. For Amy Flanders, Brock Baisdin may be the man to bring love back into her lonely life, if only she can overcome the wounds of her past and face her biggest fear—risking the pain of another shattered heart.

Refreshing to read a love story such as this – and Betty has delivered it well. Grady Harp, September 17

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