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A Fair to Remember (Welcome To Redemption) [Kindle Edition]

Stacey Joy Netzel
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Author's note: This series is NOT to be considered Christian Fiction.
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Reformed gang member Wes Carter feels Redemption, Wisconsin, is just the place to relocate his financial business for reasons more than just the name. He's ready for a nice, quiet life in small town USA. Tara Russell has decided it's time to add some excitement to her life and get a little wild--no matter how uncomfortable it makes her or her overprotective family. They meet at the local fair one warm summer night and discover opposites attract for all the right reasons. Add a dash of Sugar in the form of an incorrigible Great Dane, and it's destined to be A Fair To Remember.

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Wes Carter took another bite of his hamburger and surveyed the baseball diamond in front of him as he savored the flavor of his cheap burger with ketchup and mustard.  If the number of men on the far side of the field were any indication, they were planning quite the pyrotechnics display for later tonight.  He might just have to hang around for that, he hadn't watched fireworks in years.

He'd had a feeling about this town when he'd read the business listings on the Internet--and not only because of the name.  Further research revealed Redemption to be just what he was looking for.

Well, except for the stalker with the dog.

A wry grin lifted his lips as he scanned the immediate area.  It looked like he'd finally lost her.  During the few glances he'd snuck, he'd noticed her trim figure in shorts and sexy tank, with just the right amount of curves up top, and a bouncing ponytail of shiny black hair that would reach all the way down her back when set free.He loved long hair.

But whoa, he was getting off track.  Between the bikers he'd seen her chumming with, and the tatts on her arms, she appeared to walk farther on the wild side than he was comfortable with these days. Hell, she even had one on her neck...her slim, delicate, tanned neck. Wild. Maybe crazy was more like it the way she'd followed him around with that hulking monster of a dog.

Wild and crazy, and pretty to boot...he felt a little zing nip at his pulse.  Yeah, he was the crazy one now.  He was done with women like that, and, yes, he knew all about them, he'd grown up with them.  A twinge of pain in his back made him wince, despite the fact the sensation remained only in his head.  Though the wound had healed weeks ago, it kept reminding him of all he'd left behind--the big city fast track with the crime and the gangs.

No more looking over his shoulder, and wild women didn't fit into the nice, quiet, stable life he planned to build in this town.  No matter how pretty they were.

"Sugar!  Heel!"

Wes started to look over his shoulder at the sound of that sharp command called out so close behind him, but he never made it past the pitching mound.  Next thing he knew, he laid face first in the grass, his hamburger smashed against his chest and a heavy weight on his back.  He turned his head to the side so he could breathe and something wet and warm doused his face from chin to eyebrow.

"Ugh," he managed, concluding pretty quick that a dog stood on his back--a large, whining, panting monster of a dog. 


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5 Stars *Reviewer TOP PICK* "Ms. Netzel has a way of creating fun-loving characters and she has them dealing with hilarious situations in the process which makes any reader crack up laughing. I loved Sugar the Great Dane and felt she was the cherry on this sweet romantic story. Well done, Ms. Netzel! Please keep the stories coming!" Diane Coyle ~ Night Owl Reviews

From the Author

A Fair To Remember is book 2 in the Welcome to Redemption series.  Donna Marie Rogers' A Fair of the Heart is book 1, and both books have a short, shared scene, told from different characters' point of view.  Books 3 and 4 share a scene, and books 5 and 6 also share a scene. 

Go ahead and give the first two a try.  If you like them, come back for more romance in Redemption, WI.
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Though this is a heartwarming romance of second chances and redemption, this book is NOT to be considered Christian Fiction. There have been some negative reviews about the Welcome To Redemption series being categorized under Christian fiction when in fact it never has been.
Apologies to any reader who purchased it thinking that it was. 

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  • Print Length: 87 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058TTUFO
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun, quick read! October 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sometimes Kindle freebies are like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get. But every once in a while, you reach in a select a piece of rich dark chocolate with a nougat center that makes the search worthwhile. A Fair to Remember is that coveted piece. The item description offers a glimpse into the second chapter that sets the stage for this interesting romance perfectly, so I won't try to summarize the plot. The characters truly make this story outstanding. Who would have thought a psychotic Great Dane (named Sugar, coincidentally) could be so entertaining...and bring about the romance between Wes and Tara? Wes is a great male lead. He has that irresistible "bad boy" quality, but he's turned his life around and is absolutely Prince Charming. Tara, on the other hand, is getting her signals mixed. She's really a good girl who thinks Wes is looking for a bad girl. Between a lactose intolerant dog and Tara's airbrushed tattoos, you will be laughing out loud. The romance is not lacking in this short read. One problem with its brevity is the lack of more development between Tara and Will. Although they share an instant attraction that develops quickly into a deep connection, what we do read is tender and well-drawn. I love how Wes stands up to her intimidating family to fight for her, and I'm guessing you'll love it, too. I can't wait to read the rest in this series!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! September 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is Book 2 in the Welcome To Redemption series and I must say that I absolutely loved it! Ms. Netzel has a way of creating fun-loving characters and she has them dealing with hilarious situations in the process which makes any reader crack up laughing. I loved Sugar the Great Dane and felt she was the cherry on this sweet romantic story. I liked seeing that Tara's family cared enough that they were overprotective of her, but I wanted them to at least give Wes a chance to prove himself to Tara and the rest of them before they tried chasing him away from her. If you want to find out how this story ends, you have to pick up a copy for yourself. Well done, Ms. Netzel! Please keep the stories coming!

Diana Coyle
Night Owl Reviews, Book Reviewer
(Full review @ Night Owl Reviews website)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun SHORT story October 16, 2011
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I enjoyed this short story very much... However it would have been nice to know it was just a short story before I downloaded it. I enjoyed the characters and wish it could have been made into a full length novel... I believe there is enough of the character's backgrounds introduced to do so. I don't download short stories, but I'm glad I made this mistake!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly, Short and Fun! January 2, 2012
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This is a quick, clean romance that is appropriate for all ages as it does not have any profanity or sex. The characters are fun and quirky and the romance is sweet. If you have a few minutes to kill, this is a feel good story.

Tara Russell is an over-protected 28 year old whose sister died 15 years ago which resulted in her brother and father's over-protectiveness. Despite living in her own home, Tara's father forbids her to continue a friendship with Wes, the new guy in town, because he was formally in a dangerous gang. Both Wes and Tara make quick first impressions of each other based on their exterior, but the more they get to know each other and can't deny their attraction, the more it is apparent that first impressions are not what they seem.

I really enjoyed reading this cute romance but would remind others that it is a short story and therefore characters and plot are not fully developed. Taking it for what it is, it was delightful to read.

Would I/Did I buy it? Free Download
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. April in OR October 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book started out really good but the ending just ended. Since I still believe in "love at first sight" I'll let the way it ended slide. I agree with the other reviewer that this story had enough to make it into a full novel instead of a novella, but hey, I can't complain since this was a free download for my kindle.
Last, I would have given this five stars if it had more than just kissing but thats all this story had, kissing only.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it January 20, 2014
By Cyn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a nice clean read, there isn't much to the book I did not like. It is well worth the read and I do plan to reread it at a later date. So many books you read once and never again. This is a book I will read over and over again. I plan to read all the redemption. Both I have read are outstanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the First! November 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved all the character's in this book. For some reason, I really felt more connected to the character's in this book, than in book one. It is very short, and I bought the bundle so the price was great. (ljb)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book is hard to find November 11, 2013
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This was a really good story, funny, romantic and a really good plot. I am glad I read it and can't wait to read the rest of this series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fair to Remember (Welcome To Redemption)
This was a good read and I would probably read another book by her. Good ending and very a, entertaining.
Published 16 days ago by Rita Back
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Christian romance
Even though this was listed as a Christian romance, it was not. I kept reading at first in hopes that it was going to be what I thought it was. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars SWEET
It is a sweet little story. One of the best I have read. Romance wise. I think people who like, short, sweet, funny , sad, romances will like this book.
Published 3 months ago by Tori
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Christian Romance
When I bought this book it was listed with Christian Romances. It was a disappointment because it is a different type of book than those I enjoy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by cilrogers
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely...
I enjoyed reading this book. I'm switching between reading light, happy books for a bit, and one heavy book. I loved the characters and their thoughts and actions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Teresa
2.0 out of 5 stars Short but okay
It was very short and like straight to the point, would have liked it better if it had more of story behind it...like more of her sister story and Wes story...
Published 3 months ago by Denise burnhsm
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Romance
Classic plot - hurriedly formed first opinions, old prejudices including on the part of protective family members that set up obstacles to the main characters really seeing each... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story!
I loved how the characters met and how they both came around to being together. The author allowed us to visualize the scences with detail. Read more
Published 5 months ago by cc
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice
A nice story. I would recommend it to others, but honestly I wouldn't read it again. I liked the bad boy turned good, and the good girl trying to be bad idea.
Published 7 months ago by readbychoice
3.0 out of 5 stars okay book
I got this book not realizing it wasn't set in the old days. It was a good book but I wouldn't read it again
Published 7 months ago by Bobbi Snyder
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More About the Author

I fell in love with books at a young age, so for me it seemed only natural to graduate to writing them. I credit my parents for encouraging my dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends I've made in Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA) since joining in 2004.

An avid reader and lover of movies with a happily ever after, I live in Wisconsin with my husband and children, a couple horses and some barn cats. In my limited free time I enjoy gardening and canning, and visiting my parents up north at the cabin on the lake with the whole family.




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