IN SEARCH OF LOVE
Winner of 2003 ACRW Book of the Year award in the Short Contemporary Romance category
Annalisa Davis has lost much - her father deserted the family, her mother died of cancer, and her infant sister was taken away from her by social workers. Now, after seven years of frugal living on a bookkeeping job salary, Annalisa has saved a tidy sum of money in hopes of gaining her sister back.
Cade McFadden is taking a leave of absence from his PI business and building a ranch for troubled boys. When Annalisa hires on as cook for the ranch, Cade has no idea of her motivation to involve him in a missing child case.
Cade is quick to find a lead on Annalisa's sister, but will he be able to reveal any information to Annalisa?
BONUS: This book is available free online at: http://www.heartsongpresents.com/read/in-search-of-love/ I just discovered that by accident when I was searching for a cover image for the book. I got my copy (and the other three in the series) at a HUGE discount at my Christian bookstore.
THIS IS THE FOURTH BOOK I HAVE READ BY CHRISTINE LYNXWILER AND SHE HAS PERFECTED THE ART OF WRITING ROMANCE. HER PLOTS ARE COMPELLING, HER CHARACTERS ENGAGING AND HER PACING IS SUPERB! AND LYNXWILER'S WRITING STYLE IS SMOOTH AND EASY TO READ. IN SEARCH OF LOVE CERTAINLY LIVED UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS.
LYNXWILER HOOKED ME IN FROM THE VERY FIRST PAGE -- A PROLOGUE FEATURING THE HEROINE, ANNALISA, AS A YOUNG TEEN. HER STORY IS HAUNTING, AND HER STRUGGLE TO COME TO GRIPS WITH THE PAST SO THAT THE FUTURE CAN BE BETTER FOR EVERYONE SHE LOVES -- INCLUDING HERSELF -- STIRRED THIS READER'S EMOTIONS. AND I LOVE GETTING EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED WITH MY CHARACTERS!
CADE HAS HIS OWN HISTORY THAT CLASHES WITH ANNALISA'S NEEDS AND YET I FELT SYMPATHY FOR THEM BOTH. THE TENSION BETWEEN THE TWO AS THEY FIGHT THEIR GROWING ATTRACTION WHILE HOLDING FAST TO THEIR BELIEFS IS PALPABLE.
IN SEARCH OF LOVE IS AN EMOTIONAL-ON-THE-EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT READ THAT I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TO ROMANCE LOVERS.