RETURN TO HOMECOMING RANCH
Kudos to London. She tackles family issues and weaves them into a special romance that travels a bumpy road to happily ever after. Narrator Leo is back with his humorous commentary as he continues to physically deteriorate. London doesn’t hesitate to incorporate the plight of war veterans, alcoholism and mental trauma into this excellent drama.
Libby Tyler’s sisters have all but deserted her, leaving the success of Homecoming Ranch up to her, and her longtime boyfriend has dumped her for his ex-wife. She’s angry about his treachery, so she takes a golf club to his truck. Her emotional breakdown lands her a short stay in a mental institution. Sheriff’s deputy Sam Winters is a recovering alcoholic who lives a solitary existence to maintain his sobriety. He’s growing tired of Libby’s constant violations of the restraining order against her, but he’s always had a soft spot for her. When Sam and Libby discover they are kindred spirits, they ignite a passion that cannot be denied. (MONTLAKE, Jul., 332 pp., $12.95)