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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!,
Second in the Sisters of Colford Hall series, this book is as good as the first, The Invasion of Falgannon Isle. Jago Mersham arrives in Kentucky at The Windmill, his purpose to destroy Asha Montgomerie's world in order to avenge his father's death. Instead, he is knocked for a loop when he sees Asha, which is good because she is just as unsettled when they make eye contact. She fights the attraction; he embraces it until he welcomes his love for her. Unfortunately, he is still bound to destroy her world. Asha finally succumbs to her love for Jago, opening her entire being to this man, never doubting it is the right thing to do. To add to the tension, there is a psycho in town and you don't know when he is going to make his move.
The story is involved, the emotional stakes high. You believe these people could be destroyed beyond repair by the betrayal/abandonment of the other. How the author handles this made reading the book such a pleasure. Then there are the two ghosts who play a part in the story, Clint the cat, the Wurlitzer that selects the music it wants played, usually hits from the sixties, as well as other odd souls who find a home at Asha's diner, The Windmill. The songs mentioned in the book are ones I recognized, most of them from the sixties, and I could hear them in my mind, see couples dancing to the music. The song that best fit the story wasn't what you'd think, something from the past, but Mike Duncan's, Lost for Words; as if written for this story. I guess what makes this a winner is that the characters are likeable, story plausible and interesting, dialog witty, and the love and romance heartwarming. A keeper and one I highly recommend.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to resist the books of this series,
Jago Mershan is a man on a mission. His target - one Asha Montgomerie, the granddaughter of his family's sworn enemy. Jago, along with his siblings are each doing their part in avenging their father's death. There's only one little problem with this plan, from the moment he meets Asha, he can't help but think about a sleek classic Harley and wonder if she makes love Harley-style and how much he'd love to take a ride.
Asha doesn't know anything about the Mershan's vendetta against her family. She does know that she loves her little community and he's a representative from Trident Ventures, a big dollar corporation who has been making offers for both the horse farm and The Windmill, Asha's diner. Asha has a special fondness for the slow paced small community and has no intention of selling out. Though she does have to admit to an attraction to Jago that has her longing to take him for a spin.
It's obvious that Asha isn't happy with Jago's presence in her life. For one thing he's befriending everyone he meets and the crazy jukebox in her diner insists on playing songs that seem to have a special meaning and apply to whatever circumstances are going on at any given time. He insists that he doesn't intend to settle down in any one place but then he contradicts himself by acquiring classic vehicles and caring for the cat who adopted him. The town itself is like a time capsule. Everything seems to have slowed or come to a complete stop and the citizens of The Windmill like it that way.
Asha and Jago get to know each other and discover a mutual passion which is only overshadowed by Jago's knowledge of his reason for being in her life in the first place and Asha's bizarre blackouts. In those episodes, she revisits the `60's and the lives of Laura and Tommy, two young lovers whose lives were cut tragically short. What does Tommy and Laura's love story have to do with Jago and Asha? Will Jago be able to continue to aid his brothers in the quest to enact revenge? And how will Asha react when she discovers who Jago truly is and why he's so interested in her? You're just going to have to pick up a copy of this charmingly thrilling story to find out.
Deborah MacGillivray won me over with the first book in this fun-filled series, THE INVASION OF FALGANNON ISLE so that I couldn't wait for the next book to be released. I'm so happy to tell you the wait is well worth it! Take a throwback town, a jukebox with a mind of it's own, a community full of unforgettable characters, a fat cat with no name, a tragic love story intermingled with a present day story and you have the makings for a book that you won't want to put down. I fell in love with the characters in this story and wanted a happy ending for each of them. Ms. MacGillivray's storylines do more than give you an escape from reality, they allow you to dream of a world where happily-ever-afters are possible and love conquers all. Beautifully done!
Be sure to keep an eye out for the third book in the SISTERS Of COLFORD HALL series - A WOLF IN WOLF'S CLOTHING. This one will have Trevelyn Mershan and Raven Montgomerie's story. Trust me, after the little bit I read about them in this book, you aren't going to want to miss their story.
Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good easy read - with twists and turns,
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I really enjoyed reading this book, its not my usual read but found the running back ground story merging with the current an interesting twist. Good strong characters too, enabling easy compassion towards them throughout. Would recommend.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deborah MacGillivray is a supurb story teller!,
Jago Mershan comes to town to do mischief to Asha Montgomerie's business as part of a family plot to destroy the Montgomeries as their father was destroyed by Ahsa's grandfather. One look at Asha, however, and he has a change of heart. Asha Montgomerie is a young woman who takes care of her own--namely the people who live and work in her tiny community. Rather reclusive when it comes to men, keeping herself to herself is no longer an option when Jago Mershan walks through the door of her café, The Windmill. The instant attraction between the pair gives rise to much speculation by the locals, a comical crew of folks--signature characters that enhance Ms. MacGillivray's work--whose antics keep the reader entertained. Not to mention the juke box that plays oldies from 1964 over and over again. It seems The Windmill has a pair of ghostly lovers who 'hang out' in their favorite booth on occasion. And there is, of course, a nameless cat--a stray who adopted Jago, though the man refutes ownership until the cat gets under his skin. A story by Ms. MacGillivray without a cat is not complete. Ms MacGillivray has once again proven her prolific and undeniable talent as a story teller. Brava! This is the 2nd installment of the Sisters of Colford Hall Series! Can't wait for the next book!
Diane Davis White, Author: Moon of the Falling Leaves
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!,
Jago Fitzgerald (Mershan) would do anything for his oldest brother, Des. After their father committed suicide, in front of ten-year-old Des, Des became the man of the family. Des helped out their mother and practically raised Jago and Trev (Jago's twin). After years of planning, the time for revenge has come. Mershan International has completed all the arrangements for Montgomerie Enterprise's hostile takeover. This action will complete the Mershan family's revenge on the Montgomerie family. It does not matter, especially to Des, that the man who committed the ruin of their family is dead. Closure would come with the ruin of the granddaughters. Des and Trev were off dealing with two of the Montgomerie sisters overseas. Jago's target is in Kentucky.
Asha Montgomerie's brother, Liam, is doing his best to keep the family's horse ranch. Their father, in England, is doing everything he can to force the sell. Asha is being pushed by their father to sell her restaurant, The Windmill. But Asha is the sole owner of the restaurant and she will NEVER sell it. Asha also owns the small motel, swim club, laundromat, and the drive-in theater. The Windmill is a haven for lost souls, of the past and the present. People in the area know that there are unspoken rules about The Windmill Restaurant (and the drive-in). The first rule is to never touch the Wurlitzer 2000 jukebox in a threatening manner. The restaurant's ghostly duo does not take it kindly. The second rule is to change nothing. Third is not to sit in a certain booth after dark. There are other rules, but the locals simply accept them all as normal.
When Jago drives up, it does not take Asha long to figure out he works for the company trying to claim her teeny community and wipe its existence off the map. She has no idea how far up the corporate ladder Jago really is though. As for Jago, the instant he looks at his alleged enemy's granddaughter, he knows that she is destined to be his. The question is how to get Asha without her realizing exactly who he is and why he came to the area in the first place. The more Jago sticks around, the more he finds himself becoming part of the strange community. Jago begins to understand Asha's fey spot in the world. A sanctuary for ghosts, a jukebox with a mind of its own, a Cajun cook, a cat with no name, a guy named "Oo-it" and an aging Jedi Master. Jago has to make a choice between the love for his brother and his growing love for Asha and the area. A storm is coming...
***** This is book two in the Sisters of Colford Hall series. In my opinion, it is even better than the first (The Invasion of Falgannon Isle). Trust me, that is saying something! Author Deborah MacGillivray gives each character a realistic touch, but the main characters (Jago and Asha) are downright striking. I came to deeply care for them. The secondary and background characters snuck up on me. I have no idea how these crazy people became so important to me. But as I neared the end of the book, I dreaded the thought of never seeing them again. Now THAT is talent! All-in-all, I found this to be a delicious frolic in a magical world. Perfect! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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Riding the Thunder (The Sisters of Colford Hall, Book 2) by Deborah MacGillivray