A Man She Can Trust, a Harlequin SuperRomance, is the second book in Roxanne Rustand's "Blackberry Hill Memorial" series. This light romance is set in a picturesque, northern Wisconsin town of Blackberry Hill where, as in most small towns, the lives of the inhabitants intertwine and things don't stay secret for long.
A marriage on the rocks, fueled by small town gossip, rumors and misunderstandings has Dr. Jill Edwards wondering what's next? Jill struggles with several challenges including 1) she is on the verge of a divorce from her husband, Grant; 2) he hasn't forgiven her for miscarrying their baby, and 3) she has undertaken the expensive restoration of an old Victorian mansion, which she also suspects is haunted (books mysteriously appear and rocking chairs rock by themselves).
And, then, there is Jill's coworker and friend, Grace Fisher, Director of Nursing at Blackberry Hill Memorial, who is looking forward to her retirement only to find herself suddenly presented with the challenge of raising a 15 year old nephew, and the attention of two potential suitors, one of them is Grant's father, Warren, a local attorney in Blackberry Hill, who suffers a heart attack and ends up in the hospital. Jill discovers that she will be seeing more of her estranged husband, who is back in town taking over his father's law practice. When an angry husband of one of Grant's clients decides to take revenge on the attorney who sent him to jail, and threatens Jill's safety, Grant and Jill find themselves together again. Life suddenly turns when a snow storm causes an electrical outage in their Victorian home and they spend the night in front of a roaring fireplace. With their futures still uncertain, Jill discovers that she is pregnant with Grant's baby, and worries that he won't be happy about this new turn of events!
This was a pleasant read. Roxanne really has the ability to weave multiple plot lines which include warm characters, incorrigible pets, small town life, family drama complete with everyday struggles and fond memories that are all so true to life, you might know people like this in your own community. Living in a small Wisconsin town myself, I could really identify. I look forward to reading book #3 in this series.