Thursday, December 8, 2011

Under a Desert Sky



A race from danger...straight into the arms of love.

In 1936, socialite Eva Fortier witnesses her grandfather's murder and must flee New York to ensure her safety. Leaving behind a life of wealth, she seeks refuge in the secluded high desert area of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

Navajo doctor Tahoma Benally has his hands full caring for his people's medical needs. He certainly doesn't have time to fall in love. But when Tahoma's father asks him to help fulfill a vow he'd made to Eva's father. Tahoma has no choice but to oblige his father's request. In the process he finds himself drawn to the woman he's promised to protect.

With an elusive killer stalking Eva, and barriers of race and culture standing between her and Tahoma, does love stand a chance of blooming in the desert?

My Review:

Rich text and lush descriptions like the one below made Under a Desert Sky an unforgettable read for me.

Rather than hurl any more questions his way, I wrapped my frustration around the lantern's handle and vowed not to be in the dark about anything. Ever again.

Doesn't reading that cloak you in emotion and resolve? It's this kind of writing that makes this read an exceptional one. And what a different 'voice' Mills has compared to her other books. It's as if she bored right under Eva's skin so that her first-person account resonates with truth and passion.

Eva captivated me from the very first paragraph -- in fact this book has an amazing opening hook! I've never met a heroine who grew with such grace and wisdom. I enjoyed every minute I spent with her.

And Tahoma -- well, we all I know I'm not one to shirk from the tall, broody, protective type. :-) Again, though, Mills has dug deep and fleshes out his character with such care that I feel like he's a real person. And oh -- all that lovely, angsty romance! Mills doesn't give Eva and Tahoma an easy time of it, but that makes the read all the more rewarding.

The suspense is cleverly woven throughout the pages -- it crests and wanes and took this reader by surprise over and over again. And it doesn't ease up until the very last page.

Under a Desert Sky is definitely going on my keeper shelf and hopefully yours as well...

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Under a Desert Sky, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please make sure that you add the title to the address line to make it easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 11. Open internationally. Good luck!


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  2. This sounds like an awesome read so can you please put my name in the draw as I would love the chance to read this. Love a story that keeps surprising you right until the last page. Certainly sounds like a real keeper for the bookshelf.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

  3. This sounds like a fast read. I just got one of her mystery's. Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway.
    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  4. I haven't read any books by DiAnn Mills but this books sounds like one I'd enjoy reading. I will have to put it on my list to look for. It would be even nicer to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity.


  5. Sounds like a wonderful read, lovely review. descriptions are so important :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com


  6. Oooh, that IS a great line!! :) Sounds good, and I'd love a chance to win a copy!

    Thank you! :)


  7. I enjoy DiAnn Mills' books! Please enter me to win this book - I'd love to read it!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. I love DiAnn Mills books. I know the research she puts into her books. Please enter me.

    Linda at:

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  9. I love the sound of the story with the time period and setting. DiAnn Mills is also a new author for me. Thank you for the chance to read it.


  10. Good luck everyone! Thanks for stopping by!!! :-)

  11. This book sounds great. Thank you for the chance to read it!


  12. Please enter me in this giveaway! I like DiAnn's mystery books better but this one sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance!


    And just to let you know, I received The Christmas Singing the other day. Already read it and had to use a hanky:)

  13. Sounds like a great book!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  14. Oh I'd love this! I love DiAnn's writing. :-) ebyounts at gmail DOT com

  15. Under a Desert Sky sounds intriguing, it has romance, mystery and inspiration. DiAnn is an excellent writer, I'd love to be entered. Thanks, Kav!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  16. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  17. Sounds like another good read! I am going back through your reviews and making my Christmas list! Have a a Happy Holiday!