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SPRINGWATER SEASONS: RACHEL
Genre: Historical Romance
The incomparable Linda Lael Miller has taken her western romance SPRINGWATER one step further by bringing the characters from the saga into a delightfully and delicious mini-series. These short, charming sweet and heartwarming books will delight western and Americana fans alike as they are drawn into a world of a stage coach stations and the lives of the wonderful characters who live, love, laugh and cry in the place known as Springwater.
In the first book of the series we meet Rachel English who has ventured west for two reasons; one to see her dearest friend Evangeline and two, to become Springwaters schoolmistress. She never anticipates meeting the man of her dreams when her stage coach is caught midstream.
A gambler at heart, Trey Hargraves runs the local saloon, directly across the street from the schoolhouse. His ten year old daughter Emma is eager to meet the new teacher. Emma has much to bear. She lost her mother in a robbery and her mixed heritage (Native American and white) and her fathers profession, make her an outcast.
Rachel finds more than she expects in Springwater, the warm and wonderful Miss June-bug and her husband, an endearing orphan boy, cantankerous Granny Johnson, the wonderful children, her dear Evangeline, warm friends and a surprising passion.
The first volume of SPRINGWATER SEASONS will charm you, enchant you, delight you and quite simply hook you on the rest of the series. Linda Lael Miller does what she always does, creates luminous characters who touch our hearts in very special ways. SENSUAL (Feb., 200 pp., $3.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: February 1999