Desert Places – Erica Abbott

Desert Places – Erica AbbottI liked the main characters, Deputy County Attorney Jean McAllister and Sherriff Lea Hawkins’s, both strong independent and well established women. I particularly enjoyed meeting the Hawkins family, whose warmth and welcome were charming. For once the wicked homophobic family members (Jeans’ mother and brother) get their due comeuppance.

The mystery is not hard to solve, but adds layer of storyline which intertwines neatly with the gentle romance and family relationships. We certainly know who the nasties are.. but whether they are the baddies and how far their perfidy has spread makes enough of an mystery to keep the pages turning.

Erica AbbottMs Abbott uses her native Colorado to great effect with stunning scenery, moonlight walks and sunset rides. The love of place is evident and adds a depth to the story, where the Hawkins are firmly rooted in the land and the community.

Good storytelling, likeable characters and a charming romance… I thoroughly enjoyed this, a light and fast read, perfect for a summers day in the garden.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bella Books (July 19, 2015)
  • ASIN: B01258EGGI
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