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“Trouble Comes to Town”
What is it about the mythology of small towns that calls to us? I grew up in a decent-sized suburb, but I have fond memories of vacations in a small town on Lake Michigan. With its arty shops and wild dunes, it was pretty near perfect. From an adult perspective, I know it’s far from paradise. If I was looking for a safe haven, though, that town would definitely come to mind.
In Helen Brenna’s heart-pounding romance, “Next Comes Love,” Erica Corelli is counting on Mirabelle Island living up to her fairytale memories. It’s not nostalgia – lives may depend on it. She remembers the island as the kind of place where “happily-ever-afters hung on trees like bright red apples waiting to be picked. The kind of place where, any minute, a knight might ride out of the forest, scoop up a princess and carry her off to her castle.” Too bad she’s no princess.
Desperate, Erica has to grab her nephew, Jason, and run – with barely time to pack, much less think or plan. Covering only ten square miles, Wisconsin’s Mirabelle Island is as different from Chicago’s mean streets as heaven is from hell. The small town will be their salvation, as long as no one sees through her disguise. Especially not Garrett Taylor, the hotshot cop who thinks he owns the place.
Mirabelle Island’s new chief of police is hot, all right, but he’s the last man Erica would ever put her trust in. Well, not dead last – that spot is reserved for Billy Samson, her brother-in-law, the abusive creep who claims Erica kidnapped his son. The cop who has half the Chicago police force after her. The monster who may have murdered Erica’s half-sister.
Garrett Taylor has had enough of brutality after years as a Chicago homicide cop. Quaint and quiet is what he wants, and it’s what he has until the woman calling herself Erica Jackson gets off the ferry with a bruised kid in tow. With her skinny jeans, cleavage and spike heeled boots, she’s revved up and ready to turn tigress at the least threat to her cub. As the chief of police, everyone on Mirabelle is Garrett’s business, and this one has trouble written all over her. She’s a walking mystery – and Garrett is determined to be the man who solves the puzzle.
“Next Comes Love” has plenty of heat, but the focus is on family, in all its permutations. Rich in sensual details – food is almost a character in the book – Brenna draws each inhabitant with such a deft, loving touch, you’ll wish Mirabelle Island was really on the map. The second in Brenna’s lush An Island to Remember series, “Next Comes Love” was preceded by “First Come Twins.” Book 3, “Then Comes Baby” will be out December 8. Hop on the ferry to this magical place and --
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In Helen Brenna’s story, “good cop, bad cop” takes on a whole new meaning. Garrett Taylor is sworn to uphold the law, but he’s seen the evidence of abuse with his own eyes. Most of us are law-abiding citizens, staying out of trouble unless it steps right in our path. If you were in Garrett’s shoes, would you bend the law where abuse might be at issue? When a child’s welfare is at stake, where do you draw the line?
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