So I found out something interesting about the author, after I read the story. It’s a dude! To say I was shocked is an understatement. I really liked this story. I liked everything about it, even the whole ‘dying’ story line. That part was actually quite legitimate and if you can put yourself in the time and place of these characters, I have a strong feeling that you would too.
This is the 3rd story in the Cactus Creek Cowboys series and although I didn’t read the first 2, this read as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel left out at all. Cactus Creek is a small town that’s typical of its time. There’s usually a couple of families who have the majority of the wealth and it’s no different here.
Logan Holstock remembers his younger brothers. When they were much younger and after the death of both parents, the three brothers were adopted by different families. Logan ended up in Chicago as the only son of a wealthy hardworking businessman. Raised in the ways of his father, Logan knew nothing but work and doing what his father expected of him. So one of the things that Logan did was agree to marry the daughter of his father’s brother. This chick is certifiable and if crazy was a medical term, I would gladly stick it on her.
After his father’s death, something (that might have been the death diagnosis from the best MD in Chicago) strikes Logan’s soul and he breaks his engagement and sets off to see if he can find his two younger brothers. Ending up in Cactus Creek and as sick as he’s ever been, Logan does find what he’s been searching for, but it takes him a while to not only find it but to accept that it’s okay to wish for something that he never ever though he deserved, much less could get.
I read this story in one sitting. One night I couldn’t sleep, I picked this up and then couldn’t put it down. I mean it was that good. Every time I thought I got to a stopping point I’d read something else and couldn’t stop. I have to admit that Sybil Spencer was my favorite character. Looking at her from the outside in, you would think that’s she’s had such a charmed and perfect life. But once her character started revealing things and little clues were dropped, it wasn’t long before I really wanted this woman to have some semblance of happiness that wasn’t focused through her only child. She’s a widow but there’s nothing about that union which indicated it was a good marriage. That dead husband of hers was something else.
Between the backstory to Logan’s death sentence, Sybil’s bank, Sybil’s cousins, Logan’s brothers and their families, Trusty the dog, and all the colorful characters that make a town interesting (there’s a lot) — it all made for a wonderful sequence of events that left me quite happy to miss a few hours of sleep.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Forever and Always
by Leigh Greenwood
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca