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Mending Fences [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Francis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She was the first woman to turn him down.

CEO-turned-rancher Curran Shaw is no stranger to hard work, but women have never required much effort. When a mysterious brunette at a resort-town Halloween party sparks his interest and then vanishes, he vows to finish what she started. It's finding her that's going to be the hard part.

He was her fantasy, and that's all he could ever be.

Victoria Linden has reconstructed her life and soul from the devastation wrought by an abusive ex and her own failures. She desperately wants to be loved, but what man will agree to the control and limitations she needs in order to hold herself together? Especially a man like Curran, who's used to getting whatever he wants. Walking away from him after a searing kiss is her only option.

When serendipity brings them together in the snowy mountains of Utah, will Victoria and Curran be able to mend the fences in their hearts, or will discovery and heartbreak tear them apart?

Mending Fences is approx. 70,000 words long.

Editorial Reviews


4 Blue Ribbons. "A sweet, charming romance about two lonely people who are trying to learn how to trust again. Author Lucy Francis skillfully combines an engaging story with well written and likable characters to create a highly enjoyable story." --Romance Junkies Reviews

4 Stars. "Mending Fences is a wonderful heartwarming book you curl up with when you want to escape into another world. Lucy was successful in making these characters believable, and getting you to care about not only the main couple but the secondary couple as well." --Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

About the Author

Lucy Francis grew up with characters living in her head, clamoring for attention. Whether those characters were elves, knights, aliens or earthlings, she listened and wrote their tales, which always included love. She still listens, plays matchmaker, and scribbles the resulting stories. Lucy has lived all over the United States, but calls Utah home. She lives with her husband, five children, and a pet menagerie that once included nine different species. She loves horses, fixing broken things, Irish dancing and tending the urban forest she planted in her front yard.

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  • Print Length: 214 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077I0OIG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Debut Novel February 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A man who's removed himself from society meets a woman with secrets of her own.

Curran Shaw is a CEO who made a spectacle of himself, dating starlets and being featured in tabloids, then he drops out of the public eye and moves to the mountains of Utah.

He encounters a mystery woman at a bar on Halloween. Both of them are masked, but she recognizes him. See, once upon a time she did a story on him. She doesn't let on, and leaves him with a kiss he can't get out of his head.

Months Victoria Linden is out riding when she encounters a bison tangled in a broken fence. She realizes the animal is tame and tries to help when Curran rides up. It's his bison, his land, and when the bison, called Peg Leg, is freed, Curran realizes she's the woman from the bar, the woman who kissed him.

She enters a cautious relationship with him but holds herself back. Not only is she hiding the fact that she was a reporter, knowing his reaction wouldn't be good, she's hiding some even more dangerous secrets.

I love the layers of this story--the way the secrets were revealed to the reader and the hero, and the way the secondary love story mirrors the main one. And I loved the gentle build of the romance. The characters grew together in a realistic yet romantic way.

All in all, a terrific debut!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Weekend Read March 7, 2012
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I must say that the characters were more complex than I anticipated. After getting through the initial introduction of the main characters and establishing their initial attraction for each other, it got better and better from there. We know that Victoria and Curran fall in love, but their journey consists of more than your average personal demons. The obstacles were met with a lot of healing along the way, and I found myself rooting for the characters to find their happiness.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love A Happy Ending! February 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ahhhh, true love is never easy. But, it is always worth the struggle when it comes with a happy ending. Emotions are written vividly and there is no shortage of conflict... kind of like life, eh mate? A great read with no other motive than to tell a good love story. Looking forward to her next one! Good job Lucy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts our great, but goes down hill quickly April 20, 2012
By Denise
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This book started out great and I thought this would be a fabulous story. However, as it went on, it became more and more unbelievable. It was also very predictable. Some scenes were totally unrealistic. Spoiler: I find it almost impossible to believe that Curran would put up with her coldness and lack of affection so long and impossible to believe that Victoria would not give in to him for so long!! Come on. Also, the scene where she finally makes love to Curran after being held at gunpoint and being knocked over the head and loosing consciousness is just rediculous. I am shocked there were so many positive reviews for this very mediocre story. Loved the first couple of paragraphs, but it went downhill from there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read June 17, 2012
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I completely began engrossed in Ms Francis' book. She really brought to life the main characters as well as the secondary characters of her story. Without given away anything I adored the hero Curran, and though made out to be the bad guy at one point, which personally I was on his side, he is flawed and in the middle of a personal growth. Victoria has tons of secrets and at every corner one more comes out, she is justified in being cautious and yet she is no stupid female about to get walked on. It was a joy to read and follow them on their journey. I loved the fact that sex played a back seat to their relationship.

Looking for a nice sensual read, where love builds and trust is earned, check out this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating June 14, 2012
By MollyT
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I started this book not expecting anything great, but just the average read. Boy was I wrong. The author kept me completely engrossed with all the characters and how they were working together. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. I started reading on my Kindle but ended up finishing it on my IPhone because every break I could take at work or elsewhere, I pulled it up to read some more. Great book, great storyline, going to be a great author. I recommend this to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The writing goes on and on about the most mundane things. Wished the action came sooner in the story. I love happy endings too, but to me this story didn't live up to its potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE love story October 2, 2012
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I found myself falling in love with these characters and wanting them to learn to trust each other. Victoria and Curran are likable, believable characters, and it is refreshing to see how they fall in "love" and not just "lust" with each other.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good - not great story
Curran & Victoria meet in a club on Halloween. Curran is captivated by Victoria after she plants a hot kiss on him & then leaves. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this book. I was was very pleased.
The characters were all very well rounded. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ShilohB
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd jump a fence or two to read this one again...
Oh the traditional love story is back! There is always something to keep two lonely hearts apart. Will they ever be able to over come it all? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kimberly Vreeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Not too spicy, moves well, hard to put down, characters are very believable and enjoyable, author is very descriptive making it easy to see
Published 18 months ago by AnnJaneen Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Others have mentioned everything good about this book so I will leave it at an extremely enjoyable read.
Published 20 months ago by BevHarro
3.0 out of 5 stars I felt blah when I finished it.
I had no trouble putting this book down when I went to bed. It was OK but nothing special except that it seem to be error free YEAH!!!. Read more
Published 20 months ago by book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Mending Fences
I absolutely loved reading Mending Fences by Lucy Francis. It's nice to be able to read a romance story where the main characters aren't always jumping each other and getting it... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Luv2read
2.0 out of 5 stars easy reading
An easy read much like a harlequin novel boy meets girl all beautiful people not my favorite type but enjoyed it on araining day at the cottage.
Published 22 months ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming book
Mending Fences is a wonderful heartwarming book you curl up with when you want to escape into another world. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my attention!
I really enjoyed this book! The relationship between Curran and Amber is great....always keeps you guessing!!! I will read & buy this author again!
Published 23 months ago by bookmom
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Lucy, and I write romances. Why? Because there's nothing quite as fun and satisfying as creating two people who are perfect for each other, dropping them into each other's lives, and watching them fall in love.

I've lived all across the United States, from New York to California, but Utah, with its incredibly varied terrain and vast stretches of gorgeous wild country, is home. I live with my hero, our five children, and a pet menagerie. I love horses, fixing broken things, Doctor Who and tending the urban forest I planted in my yard.

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