Monday, July 18, 2011

Called Home: Two Hearts Answer – Gloria Schumann

Publisher:   Savant
Pages:  342
Source:  Review copy from author
Genre:  Adult, Romantic Mystery

Emma Benson's view of life was crafted as a child by the death of her brother, the abandonment by her father and later, the man she trusted she would marry. A teacher by training, she forgoes her chosen path to save the Wisconsin farm she calls home from financial ruin.

A tornado threatens damage, but David Schlosser—back in town after years in New York writing best-selling novels—could ruin her neatly tended life. He's looking for the charms of the small town he once rejected and finds more than he bargained for. He risks everything to get what he wants.

The storms of life throw Emma and David together and into the world of a criminal determined to ruin their plans by any means necessary. Robbery and near death connect Emma and David to their nemesis and during the throes of securing life and limb they make every effort to resist falling for one another.

My Review:
First let me be honest about something, I usually don’t read romance novels.  When Gloria Schumann emailed me and asked me if I would be willing to read and review her book which was “ a sweet romance with plenty of passion and longing without sex scenes, and a bit of crime and suspense  thrown into the mix to make a compelling story”, I thought I’d give it a try.  By that I meant I would try it because it had the element of crime and suspense mixed in.  It was those elements as well as how well she crafted the romance that drew me in. 
Emma was rude at times to David.  I identified with her situation somewhat.  After my divorce I thought I’d never remarry.  Why take a chance again?  I’d lost my first fiancé to cancer and later my husband left me with two small children.  When my current husband and I got together, we’d both had failed marriages so I figured marriage was out of the picture.  My husband was patient and persistent.  Like Emma I’m a teacher who grew up on a farm.  I connected with David wanting to go back to the quiet life.  I live in a city, and long for the day I can move to the country.  The author has done an excellent job of creating a realistic romance that is not mushy.  The suspense is great.  I will gladly read anything else this author comes out with.

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