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Title: Just Dessert
Author: Heather Gray
Rating: 4 Stars
About the Book
Mary, the eldest child of an abusive drunkard, takes on the roll of protecting her younger siblings and in the process, shuts herself off from others who want to help and don’t know how to reach her. Grady Carlisle is one of the people who tries to reach Mary. He and Mary were childhood friends and he just wants to help. Grady manages to charm Mary’s two little sisters, and teach her brothers how to plow and plant a field, repair machinery, and do some carpentry, but Mary is wrapped up in anger and accusations. Grady wants to love Mary, but if she won’t let God in to heal her pain, Grady knows he’ll never reach her either.
The writing in “Just Dessert” sparkles. I love the way Gray uses metaphors to bring her characters to life. Each of her characters is distinct, and as a reader I have no trouble telling one from another. That is no small feat in a book with a large supporting cast. I also very much appreciate the way Gray naturally integrated this story and the first book in the series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, but also fit seamlessly together. I have yet to read a Heather Gray book that I didn’t enjoy.
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This review was submitted by: Charlene Amsden – please visit their website at http://quilldancer.com