Saturday, January 25, 2014

Recent Review: Hunting for Happenstance

Duston Cooper has two beliefs that shape his life.

Fate will decide his future, and his genes could make him act in the evil way that put his brother in jail. So he avoids decisions and keeps his hopes and desires secret, just running his gun shop in Merchant Street, training his two working dogs, and dreaming unproductively about Daniela, the girl he can never have.

The police are advised of a body, found in the wilds of the Utah mountain ranges. Duston’s skill with his dogs is seen as an asset and he is invited to join the expedition. Unknown to Duston, the self-willed Daniela is determined to come along, and after an uncomfortable ride they reach the investigation point and soon set up camp. Mysterious tracks there suggest there is more going on than anyone suspects.

Camping in the autumn in this location is clearly a challenge only the hardiest of heroines and heroes should try. It’s freezing, the wildlife is aggressive, and a can of bear spray isn’t much to stop a 250lb angry bear in its tracks. Not only has a body been discovered, but Daniela’s favourite uncle Benito has fallen foul of ne’er-do-wells who have no hesitation as they kick, punch and shoot their victims into submission.

So what’s going on? There’s a crime to explain, a capture that leaves Duston and Daniela helpless and in danger. But these are no weak victims. Their solutions to Cindy Christiansen’s impossible challenges and the fast and furious pace keep the pages turning and the reader baffled by the ingenuity of the captives. The story ends happily, of course. It’s a romance!! The endearing characters of the Merchant Street series gather for a group celebration where love is in the air for more than one couple. This is a book to leave you smiling and contented with the world.
~Margaret Sutherland

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