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The story was nothing like I expected from the blurb Became So Much As It Developed Written Back When became so much s it developed Written back when railroad blazing trails cross the country single mother leery of men meets railroad surveyor construction engineer Slow building with lots of chemistry A Touch of Forever provides great heartfelt romance family friendship betrayal nd even murder mystery I received this ARC copy of A Touch of Forever from Berkley Publishing Group This is my honest nd voluntary review A Touch of Forever is set for publication June 4 2019My Rating 4 starsWritten by Jo GoodmanSeries The Cowboys of Colorado Book 3Mass Market Paperback 416 pagesPublisher Berkley June 4 2019ISBN #10 0440000645ISBN 13 978 0440000648 Noble A Touch of ForeverJo Goodman A #0440000645ISBN 13 978 0440000648 Noble A Touch of ForeverJo Goodman A of Forever by Jo Goodman is book three in her Cowboys of Colorado series The uthor has done Peace of Me a good job of making this standalone Lily Salt is widow nd mother of four Roen Shepard is n engineering surveyor for Northeast Rail Roen meets 12 year old Clay Salt nd wants to hire him Wildwood as hisssistant but first he must obtain permission from Clay s mother Lily Roen nd Lily form n unlikely friendship nd eventually enter into marriage of convenience Will Roen be ble to convince Lily to turn their greement into real marriage A Touch of Forever is utterly entertaining The characters nd plot Raiding with Morgan are fully developed Humorbounds throughout This is definite 5 out of 5 stars nd I eagerly wait the next installment in the series My thanks to Berkley Publishing Group nd NetGalley for the opportunity to read Lethal Licorice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery, andvance copy of this book However the opinions expressed in this review Purses and Poison are 100% minend mine Rogue on the Rollaway alone Ilways enjoy Jo Goodmans western historicals This story is similar to the last one in many ways but I really enjoyed seeing Lily nd her children find happiness In the last book things were pretty grim for them Entertaining but no cowboys per se I was sad because this was not cowboy story At least not in the sense that we re thinking of riding the plains or rustling cattleThe story did take me by surprise s I did not realize it was very long book On one hand I was frustrated because the beginning included lot of detail nd very slow build upBut s we reach the middle of the book the story starts winding up nd we find ourselves in the middle of marriage of convenience mystery pregnancy nd even murder the story got lot interestingGoodman is well known for her American tales of the west nd her historical romance novels This particular story is book three in series nd while I ve never read ny of the others it was very easy to followComplex characters long with complex Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, and interesting plot scenarios make this story that is highly entertaining Sweet Southern Hearts (A Willow Hill Novel Book 3) and very memorable You will definitely need to setside time to bsorb this book but be prepared to enjoy this uniue historical western romance with family saga twist copy received for reviewfull review Few cowboys but lot of heartDespite the series title Lily nd Roen s story offered gentle tale of survival nd romance with cowboys Daddy's Girl Series: A Taboo Erotic Collection as their backdrop Both had baggage to spares life knocked them down nd sideways with Lily especially keeping herself loof Despite their secrets they found in each other someone they could trust nd rely on in short supply until now Circumstances had them on road to fake marriage but lso to real loveI liked this story After I got over my disappointment of not enough cowboys of course I don t know what the early west was like not really but I d like to think this uthor s take on it is close Despite the harsh realities of their time men Dark Tides (Dark Tides and women still found each other inll the crazy ways that can happen If I didn t connect with the characters Weathering the Storm as muchs I d hoped I was invested Wrong for Me (Motor City Royals, and happys nyone they found their happily ever fter Diane 35 stars I remembering thinking the preceding book in this series was charming This one is just Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music as much so with just tich heartLily Salt is widower with four children We met her in the previous book A Touch of Flame where her story s major subplot In this one she is living in the ftermath of her husband s death Downright Dead and trying to put behind her her dismal marriageRoen Shepherd is surveyor with the Railroad company who has come to town to work out the logistics of where is the best place to run the rail line through this town He is from back east nd has big bohemian rtsy family some of whom re famous enough to even be known this far out westThe two enter into Left Fur Dead a marriage of conveniencefter the richspoiled ex mistress of Roen s lets him know she is on her way to get her man At first I was little exasperated when this development was introduced in the story because I basically hate OW drama But the way it play. A marriage of convenience turns into sweetly seductive love off the rails romance in the latest Cowboys of Colorado novel from USA Today bestselling uthor Jo GoodmanLily Salt has sworn off men After finally gaining her independence the last thing she needs is nother man telling her what to do But the handsome railroad engineer from New York isn't Death by Tea atll what she expect. Ed out the character s drama was largely contained to Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, an initial confrontation with Roennd being n sshole to people in the town Her presence didn t an initial confrontation with Roen By Way Of A Wager and beingn sshole to people in the town Her presence didn t in ny way in the growing regard between Roen nd Lily because their MOC was based on foundation of truth nd trust Lily knew everything bout the ex because Roen was upfront from the beginningIn fact the stuff with the ex felt When Kingdom Comes almost like minor nnoyance since the uthor The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, allowed the story between Roennd Lily to really concentrate on moving the MOC to marriage in truth The two banter nd spar expertly They smile Such a Dance at each other in delights they begin to really enjoy each other s company Roen takes measured baby steps with Lily because he begins to suspect the truth of her previous marriage I lso liked the kids They each had defined personality nd were charming smart #defined personality nd they were charming smart funny to boot I liked how Roen had different relationship with each child nd we saw how they lso began to regard him s father La bte du marais as his relationship with Lily grew strongerThere is nice b plot romance between Fedora Laos: Keystone Of Indochina a Chinese immigrant who works in the hotels How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World a waitressnd Hitch the town deputy They have to overcome prejudices nd some real menace toward Fedora But it is really sweet romance that unfolds nicelyMany of the townspeople who populated the previous books Geeking Out on 11C arelso characters in this one Et ainsi de suite and round out the storyIn the end the story ends satisfactorily forll people involved The Shoshoni Cookbook and couple of bad characters get their comeuppanceI listened on Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís audiond the narrator Laurel Lefkow read the book superbly She had Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe a nice light humorous cast to her storytelling that gave the book it s lightnd humorous feel in ll the right places Lily Salt has been through lot but finally has settled into comfortable contented life s widower nd mother of four children Her careful ttempts to keep people t rm s length goes by the wayside when Roan Shepherd railroad engineer new to Frost Falls takes notice of her She tries to rebuff his interest but Roan he s persistent nd s further complication he hires her son Clay s n ssistantMy heart went out to Lily in the previous book nd so I was so pleased that she s doing so well for her nd her children here I liked that she was Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice an independent womannd didn t need man to make her happy but the ddition of Roan was like icing on cake The gradual way their friendship forms was delight to experience The careful way Roan treated their burgeoning romance made me fall hard for Roan The kids were very much part of the story each so sweet nd it was touching how protective they were of their mother These kids needed careful handling s they were ffected by the The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank abuse of their mothers well I loved how Roan interacted with them never overbearing but The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins a father figure there to supportnd love them There s bit of suspense here too s with the previous installments with Roan s past mistress in the mix A selfish sociopath if there ever was one with her shady detective in tow An interesting mix of side charactersstories grabbed my ttention Fedora Chen n American Chinese woman Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat and the obstacles she faces in this time period with nice little romance brewing there too I m wondering if the next installment if there is one might feature Fedora I Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design also enjoyed the Old West setting the historicalspects of the railway expansion nd life in the 1800 s Always interesting to imagine how it would be to live back then without ll the modern conveniences we have now nd with the differences in ttitude towards women nd minorities I ve loved the two previous installments but A Touch of Forever is my favorite to date The uiet but intense emotions between these two sucked me in to this lovely story It is slow burn romance but wow it heated up As side note it s not necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this one In fact each book can easily be read s standalone I switched back nd forth from the e book to my udio copy I loved the Laurel Lefkow s performance She captured some of the wry tone of comments nd teasing I didn t necessarily pick up on until listening to her reading I paid little ttention while traditionally reading nd it definitely enhanced my experience I listened t my usual 125xs the normal speed A copy was kindly provided by Berkley Books in exchange for n honest review A TOUCH OF FOREVER is the best meet cute I ve read It s easy to root for this couple because they re dorable Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, and their flirting made me smileRoen Shepard s family encouragedrtistic talent but his yearning is numbers That talent earned him n engineer surveyor position with Northeast Rail His calculations nd negotiations pave the way for the railroad s expansion That s what brings him to Frost FallsWidow Lily Salt nd her four childre. Ed He's kind gentleand tempting enough to make her wonder what second chance Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende at love might be worthA selfcknowledged black sheep Roen Shepard knows what it means to feel lone Recognizing kindred spirit in the reserved widow whose fascinating blue green eyes have seen too much The Abbeyville Way and charmed by the warmth of her ready made family the two beginn unlikely friendshipWhen. .
N do what they can to make ends meet Lily sews nd her oldest son Clay is n odd jobber Together they mind the three younger children These children really Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics add to the story with their uirkyntics nd conversationsFrom the very beginning I was enchanted by Lily nd Roen I don t remember ever reading Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, a romancebout A Shot at Love a widow with four childrens the heroine This was Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past a pleasant surprise especially that man would even consider her Roen is smitten with Lily from first sight Ask an Astronaut and I loved that he didn t fearn instant family but welcomed it I really enjoyed Lily s son Clay s interactions with Roen They re both ornery characters with fun loving heartsLily is peculiar uiet Dead of Night and not one to given inch in relationships Her past makes her fearful of people in general but she can t resist Roen His wit nd persistence tear #down Lily s walls By the end we realize what makes Lily #Lily s walls By the end we realize what makes Lily standoffish nd stubborn but while she s pushing Roen The Dwelling away it s hard to fathom whyRoen is not without insecurities even though he hides them well Lily is great companion whose ttributes re exactly what Roen wants in wife Getting them to the ltar is convenient but will they fall madly in loveRoen is good friends with Ben the sheriff Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna and hero from book two A TOUCH OF FLAME Bennd his doctor wife Ridley play n ctive role in this story This book easily stands on its own but I like this couple so much that I can t wait to read their story The repartee between Ben nd Roen is comical proving they don t take life too seriouslyLily nd Roen Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films aredorable together Their dialogue nd instincts toward one nother re very enjoyable to witness They made me laugh because they re so darn cutePart of the storyline involves fighting racism toward young Chinese woman who works Easy at Ben s mom s hotel restaurant She s pivotal to the plot butlso has Morrissey y los atormentados a charming romance brewingAuthor Jo Goodman is very goodt illustrating with her words I love her details the way she describes the slightest movement nd expression that tells story Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe as muchs the dialogue This detail can seem like it slows the story down but I never rush through it or skip it I love the nuance it gives the story making it come Interview with the Vampire alive visually Goodman is master Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical at using simple dialogue shortnd sweet sometimes with barbs to engage the reader in her characters personalities I love thatAlthough lot is happening in this book you still get to stroll through the town with the characters nd get The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table a feel for what it was like to live in the West in 1901 I related to the charactersnd they kept me entertained There is some suspense mixed in with very macabre villain I don t remember his fate getting tied up completely so I wonder if he ll influence seuel That guy is creepy nd I d love to know he got his dueA TOUCH OF FOREVER is uniue in many ways including the last chapter I love Goodman s style nd I can t wait to dig into my ever growing pile of her backlist Don t miss reading A TOUCH OF FROST the first book in THE COWBOYS of colorado series my recommended read t romance COLORADO series my recommended read t Romance by Dorine courtesy of RomanceJunkiescom Digital Damn Delicious Meal Prep and Print copy provided by the publisher forn honest review This is my first book by Jo Goodman nd while I don t read cowboy romances often the blurb nd cover of this one intrigued me While this third book in the Cowboys of Colorado series doesn t focus on cowboy per se it is set in early 1900 s Colorado nd I didn t have Deep Lane: Poems any problems with followinglongRoen is Komisario Nuusku ja makkaratehtaan arvoitus an engineermathematician working to expand the railway which takes him to Frost Falls There he meets precocious boy whose mother is widow with 4 kids by the way I can t even imagine being single mother in those days Lily nd her children have had traumatic life so everyone in town is concerned Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry about the stranger who is spending time with themThere is lot going on in this lengthy story nd the first part of the book is beefy with tons of details character details scenery details mechanical details lot of details Some slowed the story down but by the middle things start picking up speedHaving said The Online Diary of a Masochistic Submissive all of that I enjoyed Roennd Lily s story It s slow burning has cute kids nd feels like modern small town romance with Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution all of the gossipsnd busy bodies nd has surprise stalker There is uite journey that takes place for ll of the characters but it was one that I ppreciated for the compassion nd care that was taken with it Now that I ve read the third book I m curious bout the others in the series My Lady Viper and will be checking them out soon ARC generously provided in exchange forn honest review Purchase US Kobo Apple Books Nook For reviews visit 425 stars Really loved seeing Lily finally get her HEA with Sunflower a decent man And Hitch is coming into his own too Looking forward to the next onelready. A complication from his past follows him to Frost Falls Roen proposes mad scheme to protect the new life he's built nd keep close the stubborn woman he's Periyar: A Political Biography of E.V. Ramasamy accidentally fallen for marriage of convenience But Lily has secrets of her own nd the closer he gets to uncovering them the he comes to realize that the only truth that matters is the secret to unlocking her heart.

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