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A Taste of Heaven [Kindle Edition]

Alexis Harrington
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Libby Ross escaped betrayal and heartbreak in Chicago when came to Montana expecting a new start, children, and a good place to raise them. Instead she learned that she has been duped again by the cowboy who made her his mail-order bride. He died, leaving her with no money, nowhere to go, and no resources but her own ingenuity. Then she learned about the Lodestar Ranch and its owner, Tyler Hollins.

Besides a lifetime of painful memories, Tyler had his hands full with immediate problems. Half his cattle were lost during the worst winter on record and his cowhands were about to quit if he couldn’t find a decent cook. Libby Ross fit the bill. She had never seen a man so attractive with such a sour disposition. But she sensed desire behind the wall Ty erected to keep everyone at a distance . . . a wanting so fierce it nearly broke her heart.

They locked horns from the outset, but they could fight each other, or fight together to see their dreams come true . . .

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Editorial Reviews


Libby Ross was tricked into coming to Montana, and she plans to leave as soon as she can earn enough money to purchase a train ticket to anywhere else. But the small town of Heavenly offers little in the way of respectable employment, and Libby refuses to take a job at Heavenly's local saloon, The Big Dipper. Unsure what to do next, Libby's uncertain, immediate future is decided when she is offered a job cooking for the Lodestar Ranch. The Lodestar Ranch is completely devoid of feminine presence, and that's the way owner Tyler Hollins prefers it. When he comes home from a business trip and finds Libby in the kitchen, he immediately fires her and orders her from the property. However, when he talks to a few of his men, he realizes that Libby is the only person available to cook for the group, and that the men will not continue to work for him if they aren't given some decent food. With no choice in the matter, he agrees to let Libby stay, but only until he can replace her with a man. Both Libby and Tyler have troubled pasts. While Libby's past is shadowed with humiliation and heartache, Tyler is driven by ghosts and guilt. As Libby tries to keep from repeating her past mistakes, Tyler continues to deny himself any form of meaningful human companionship. Little by little, Libby learns to trust Tyler, while Tyler slowly releases the guilt that has crippled him emotionally. As each gives to the other, they eventually gain the love that is their's for the taking. Ms. Harrington's characters are believabl e and her dialogue is worth reading twice. Libby and Tyler are perfect for each other!Alexis Harrington has a winner with A Taste of Heaven! A perfect reason to spend the day reading! Alexis Harrington kept me up late! How sad that Ms. Harrington's books have to end. Alexis Harrington has the road map to romance.Gerrie Shepard -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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  • Print Length: 352 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037UY70O
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Rating October 1, 2010
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Before deciding whether or not to buy this book, be sure to read all the reviews. You'll find that the low scores are mainly for typos, not the story. The story is very good, and, frankly, there aren't that many typos compared to other Kindle editions. I'm glad I ignored the rating - this is keeper!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Find December 6, 2010
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I came across this book while looking for another book, and liked the title. However, I almost didn't purchase the book, because a number of the reviews mentioned that there were "so many typos." I found that this was NOT the case.

I enjoyed Libby Ross' character. She was strong for a woman that had been through several hard hitting life betrayals, yet it seems that she could still hold her head up and smile. She had a delicateness about her but was definitely not afraid of work. The only time I was even frustrated with her character was when she kept comparing Tyler Hollins to her previous employer's son, who had done her wrong (I don't want to give this part away).

This book did have all the things I think can make a good book: 1)Betrayal; which doesn't take over the book 2)Lost love; although I think Tyler Hollins may have dwelled on this a little too long 3)Sadness; when a character (even if they are not the main character)dies 4)Found Love; not too quick, or doesn't take too long to get there

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is definitely a keeper.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS a Taste of Heaven January 24, 2002
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I just loved this story, it is heart warming, emotional and humorous all packed into one. Harrington's style reminds me a lot like L. Spencer one of my favorite authors. I was in a terrible slump and this book pulled me through, it had me laughing and crying, you will love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Liberty Ross has just buried her husband on the desolate Montana plains. She'd traveled out from Chicago as a mail-order bride, and a mere four months later, her husband has succumbed to pneumonia. Now she must drive the rickety wagon to the nearest town to catch a train back to Chicago. But when she arrives, she discovers she hasn't enough money to buy a ticket.

Her dilemma is solved when two ranch hands overhear the situation and ask her to come back to the ranch. Seems their cook was fired and they can't find another. As fate would have it, Libby worked as a cook for an upscale household in Chicago, so she decides to go with them until she can earn enough to buy her ticket.

One problem: ranch owner Tyler Hollins doesn't want a woman on the ranch, never mind whether she can cook or not.

However, Tyler is in a real bind, and after a meal or two, the ranch hands think Libby is a bit of heaven herself.

Libby is unaccustomed to the rigors of the west, but she proves her mettle in various ways and begins to earn Tyler's grudging respect. However, Tyler has a history of pain and loss that consumes him and which keeps his heart locked up with no key.

Tyler and the hands drive the herd of cattle to Billings and Libby drives the chuck wagon, enduring hardships without complaint, even saving her hard-headed boss' life. As the days lengthen, she finds herself falling in love with Tyler, and in turn, he is finding Libby a huge distraction. Her plan is to board a train in Billings and return to Chicago, however, plans go awry and she returns to the ranch thinking just maybe there's a chance for happiness with Tyler.

This is a well-crafted story of two damaged people who must move beyond their pasts to achieve a happily ever after.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bridal Veil September 21, 2010
By Lorrie
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I really liked this book. The mother-in-laws were "Oh So Deliciously nasty". I liked the characters Emily and Luke. This is a fun book to read at a great price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Heaven March 27, 2011
By Phyllis
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"A Taste of Heaven" has become one of my all time favorite books. I've read the entire book twice, and have gone back several times to reread some parts of the book that were funny and beautifully written. It is a tender, heart warming story about a young woman who proves to the men in her life - men who have quickly and unexpectedly become a major part of her life - that she is more than capable of pulling her own weight. She's smart, confident, and determined to get what she wants at the time. I am so happy that she ended up falling in love with the one man who she thought she would never be able to get along with or understand. A really good story is one where opposites seem to attract one another, and this book is just that! I highly recommend it. It's a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the title says! March 19, 2011
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This book is by far one of the best books I have ever read. The characters are great and so is the story. You can't help but smile through out the book. I read this book in about 1.5 days not because it was short, but because it was so good! It is a great price should take the chance and buy it. I would bet you like it as much as I do!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all! March 13, 2011
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A wonderful love story, a suffering male main character as well as a female leading character who has suffered more than a fair share up to now in her life. Likeable supportive characters, a good atmosphere and an easy-going plot.

For ladies who love Western Romance this is surely a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I read the negative reviews and seem the typos affected the ratings. I found the plot and the characters so well defined and interesting that I do not even remember the typos. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Frances
4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of heaven by Alexis harrington
This is the first book of Alexis Harrington that I read. It was a fabulous read. The story line was real and believable. The pace of the story line kept me turning the page.
Published 1 month ago by June Brust
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good novel
Although I am not an avid reader of western romance, this introduction to a new author and new subject matter was totally enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Satisfied customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read " A Taste of Heaven"
I really enjoyed this story which was a romance with a difference and gave readers an insight of how hard it could be in those times. I am so glad it had such a good ending. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
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Published 2 months ago by donna
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but Enjoyable
Harrington continues to turn out lighthearted romantic novel that keeps you turning pages to reach the always predictable happy ending. Read more
Published 3 months ago by donnaspencerwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful and well written western
One of the best aspects of any book is the ability of the writer to transport the reader to another place and time. Harrington's gift is her talent to do just that. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I want to read it again! I loved the way the story transported me to the old west, Montana, ranch life, etc....Great read!
Published 3 months ago by suzanne a pierson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
Such an amazing read! Alexis Harrington is a wonderful writer and I can't wait to read more of her books.
Published 6 months ago by Emily Elaine
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I enjoyed it but felt the story lost its way at times. I liked getting a glimpse into this era and timeframe, but not very believable. The author kept repeating herself a lot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by rema hinds
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More About the Author

I am a working novelist, with 14 books published over the past 20 years.

I'm thrilled to be able to bring to my readers my backlist through Kindle. There will be more titles new titles added in the months to come, plus I'm beginning the task of having my work translated into additional languages. Right now, I'm concentrating on Spanish.

I also make jewelry and I'm a fine needlework artist, specializing in embroidery, thread crochet, and sewing. I love to cook, read, entertain friends, decorate, and pursue various crafts.

I live in the Pacific Northwest near the Columbia River, still within 10 miles of my old high school. I have one cat, two Great Pyrenees (mixed), and three chickens who all seem to want to be in my small office while I'm trying to work (except the chickens, although they'd be thrilled to get into the house if I let them). Getting up to step around them is like maneuvering an obstacle course, but they are my children and so dear to me. My hours are kind of goofy--I'm just not a morning person and tend to be up late when the rest of the world is sleeping--and QUIET. No phones, faxes, distractions. Just the kids and me, candles burning, and the elevator music coming out of my CD player.

Before I made the leap to full-time writer, I spent about 12 years working for consulting civil engineers. Riprap, anyone? How about a nice detention pond?

I'll read just about anything written by Stephen King, Frank McCourt, or Martin Clark. A few of my favorite books are the Harry Potter series, the Outlander series, Angela's Ashes, A Farewell To Arms, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Observations, Lonesome Dove, A Garden of Sand, Gone With the Wind, Hummingbird, Trinity, and The Hunger Games trilogy. And yes, I'm an extra-sticky sucker for the Twilight series.

And someday, before one of us is snatched from this earth, I'd love to meet these people. They have either inspired my own work, impressed me with theirs, favorably impacted my life, made me think, performed brave deeds, or any combination thereof: Bruce Springsteen, Stephen King, Captain Sig Hansen, Jon Bon Jovi, LaVyrle Spencer, and Stephen Hawking.

(Captain Phil Harris was also on this list, but it was my great pleasure and good fortune to meet him in June 2008, 18 months before he passed away.)

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