Jove, Nov 2001, 5.99, 329 pp.
Five generations of Butlers have worked the soil of the family's Medicine Creek Ranch in Wyoming. However, times and financial circumstances change. Unable to pay his next note, Cody Butler is selling the ranch to wealthy outsider Glenn Hubbard, just like many of his neighbors have recently done. Glenn's attorney Shaye Frazier arrives at the Cody spread to complete the deal that the owner clearly detests. Cody knows this place as home and since their parents died three years ago and he has raised his younger sister Maribeth there.
Though the circumstances behind the first meeting are sad and that initial encounter unpleasant, Shaye and Cody are attracted to one another. With Maribeth and inadvertently Glenn playing matchmakers, the rancher and the big city lawyer fall in love. However, will they find the ground to begin to forge a permanent relationship?
A PLACE CALLED HOME is an enjoyable contemporary romance due to Judie Aitken's ability to mix humor and compassion without slowing down the prime plot. The story line is fun though the conflict and tension between the lead characters feel as if they resolved too easily. Still the strong characters gain empathy especially the lead male, as readers will feel Cody's pain while forced to sell his family heritage. Ms. Aitken writes an engaging tale that sub-genre readers will relish.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner