Delaney’s Sunrise by Rhonda Lee Carver
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Pages: Short Story (146 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell
Five years ago, Dee Crawford's engagement to Jacob Delaney ended in death. Jacob's secrets followed him to his grave--and chased Dee from Delaney's Farm, and from his brother Abe's forbidden embrace. Yet when her own secrets send her back to Ohio and right into Abe Delaney's arms, old guilt comes to light, old passions reignite, and Jacob's secrets return to haunt them with more than just his memory. Someone in town wants Dee gone, and will do anything to stop her from uncovering the truth about her fiance's death. If Dee is to survive, she must expose Jacob's long-buried secrets...and expose her heart to Abe. Only by admitting their love can they ease the guilt that has plagued them for years. But will love be enough to save Dee when the next death on Delaney's Farm may be her own?
This book hooked me in the first few pages and and I did not want to put it down! It is a definite keeper.
Dee Crawford is returning home to Delaney’s Farm after a five year absence. "Home" is really Jacob’s home. Jacob was the man she loved and the man she wanted to marry until he died unexpectedly and left her to deal with his death and with the hatred and guilt of his brother Abe.
Abe Delaney loved his brother but desired his brother’s fiancée even more. Their slight indiscretion before learning of Jacob’s death drove him to resent Dee and hate himself even more. In his infinite wisdom, Jacob bequeathed his share of the farm to Dee and now she is back to become a part of its heritage and a business partner to Abe.
What Abe does not know is that Jacob had a secret, a secret that only Dee and one other person know. Now that other person is out to silence Dee permanently. Life on the farm is about to get interesting, very interesting and very hot. You see, Abe just can’t seem to keep his hands off Dee and she can't say no to Abe.
Abe is the ultimate sexy cowboy, strong, arrogant, handsome and combative to everyone. He carries his guilt on his sleeve. It is his own punishment for what he feels was the ultimate unforgivable moment of his life. But when Dee becomes the target of a dangerous stalker, her safety is tantamount to anything else because he cannot imagine his life without her. Dee is strong, resourceful, beautiful and completely in love with Abe. This is a case of love being bigger than both of them. Their moments of passion are unexpected and very heated but often followed by regret. Rhonda Lee Carver gets you here and keeps you where you want this to work for them and you envision their happily ever after to go on for decades.
The epilogue pulls together all the loose ends, but even so I wanted more time with Abe and Dee. This is such a great story with wonderful characters and dialogue, creative narrative and detailed descriptions of life on the farm. So grab a comfortable chair, a drink or maybe dinner because once you open this book you'll want to stay there until the very happy end.