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Preston's Mill (A Contemporary Romance) (Hidden Mountain Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Rhoades
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When her disastrous marriage ends in the most humiliating way, Meg Hanson doesn’t know what to do or who to turn to. Unhappy with her life as it was and unwilling to become what her mother and sister envision, she retreats to the little Appalachian town of Prestons Mill, the place where her father was raised. Meg has promised herself six months away from the influences of home to find out who she is and what she really wants out of life.

Her Great Aunt Annie doesn’t hold with such nonsense, but she does believe that good food, hard work and fresh country air have the power to heal the soul and she sees in Meg a soul that belongs to the mountain.

Coming from wealth and privilege, Meg isn’t sure at first what to make of a place where much of your wardrobe comes from Gorton’s Farm Supply and the only coffee available is what’s brewed at the Downtown Café. However, it doesn’t take long for her to become attached to the people of Prestons Mill with their blunt honesty and strange speech or to reluctantly fall for the boy who kissed her under the apple tree when she was only ten. He’s grown into an intriguing man with problems of his own.

JT Preston is burdened with his family’s past sins, sins that prevent him from seeking the life he’s always envied and longed for. Annie thinks this is nonsense, too, and sets about bringing Meg and JT together, but nothing is ever as easy as it sounds.

When a coal company makes plans to begin mining the mountain, Meg and JT find themselves in the middle of the battle between those who consider it progress and those who see it as the end of a way of life. Greed rears its head, people are hurt and lives are endangered, Meg’s most of all.

Editorial Reviews


"Jacqueline Rhoades has written a warm, loving, wonderful place full of uniquely quirky people, who would give you the shirt of their backs.  This is a place you wish you could visit, if not live there." - The Reading Café
"I would recommend this book to most any lover of romance stories. As a librarian I can think of several patrons that I will/would recommend Preston's Mill to." - Read What I Like
It's a great series, great characters, lots of action and steamy love scenes...what more could anyone need?´- Night Owl Reviews

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Books by Jacqueline Rhoades

Guardians of the Race Series - PNR                 The Alpha's Mate Series - PNR  
   Guardian's Grace                                            The Alpha's Mate
   Guardian's Hope                                             The Alpha's Choice 
   Guardian's Joy                                               The Alpha's Daughter
   Guardian's Faith                                             Rabbit Creek Santa
                                                                     Wolver's Gold
Hidden Mountain - Contemporary Romance
   Preston's Mill
   Changing Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494909693
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2W83R8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preston's Mill November 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The author offer free a free copy of her book for your honest review.

I have to tell you is I totally 100% loved this book. It above & beyond met any of they expectations that the blurb gives you about the book.
The characters were so inviting that you really felt you were right there with them in the middle of the discussions. The authors ability to craft her words in a way that you get so caught up in what's going on in the town, the characters & surroundings you don't even notice an hour or two has gone by. JT is the man love interest but if you ask me all the good guys in the story every woman will want two under her Christmas tree. For JT is what guy should be rough, rugged, kind hearted, gentle, funny & loving. Meg the female love interest naive, fun loving, endearing a true friend, a spit fire & loving too. Then there's Annie Meg's aunt, JT's savior, who is always there for everyone, the rock, the bossy one, the tell it like it is one, funny one & yet most of all loving one. She is no match when she is on the match make mode. All the towns people will win your heart too. Read this book you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly is a great book! November 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am so thankful that I got to meet Meg Hanson, JT Preston and all the good folks of Preston's Mill. What wonderful characters, they just come alive. I couldn't stop laughing when Annie went after the mouse. She reminds me so much of my Granny, though at least Annie doesn't smoke a corn cob pipe. And Hardy....what a character!!

Ms. Rhoades did such a fabulous job writing this story. It flows so smoothly and has just the right blend of romance, friendship and suspense. It's a wonderfully sweet romance with two damaged but good, nice people who just needed to heal. I highly reccommend this book to anyone. Go ahead and curl up in your favorite chair with a drink and spend some time in the beautiful mountains, experience the sweet romance of Meg & JT and get to know some really good people. I hope one day we'll get to visit Preston's Mill again, maybe see Lorilei finally get the HEA she so richly deserves.

I would like to acknowledge that this book was given to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. And yes, it really does deserve the 5 star rating that I gave it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely February 23, 2014
By Cyn
Format:Kindle Edition
When I picked this book up to read I wasn't expecting it to have everything a great book has all in one place. You have humor, mystery, passion, heartbreak, death, and above all else love and so much more. What else could you ask for in a book. The author gives you a wonderful story that flows so easy. You will not want to put this book down, it is truly a lovely wonderful story.

Meg find out not only is her husband a cheat but gives another women the one things she want most in live a child. This leave Meg broken, untrusting, she needs to get away. Her father tells her to go back to his hometown. What she finds is a little town with lots of nosy people who knows everything about everybody. Is this a town where she can heal, find herself and put a life together to go home to?

JT is a strong passionate man who seems to be the town's player. He isn't looking for love nor a woman. JT Preston's Mill had a good life, abuse by this father who has been missing for years. He knows he cannot every have a wife, abuse runs in his family. He is so afraid what he will do if he loses his temper and will not take the chance. Can he overcome his fears, can he find true love and have all that he dreams?

There are a ton of wonderful characters whose humor will keep you laughing as they stick their nose all over the place. Great Aunt Annie is something, you have to laugh not only at her but with her. She just knows Meg and JT are made for each other, all she needs to do is get them to see it and find a dog. There are characters in this book you will want to kill, others you just want to love and you don't want the story to end.

In walk the coal company who wants the land, are they the ones causing the accidents? Will this be the end of Preston's Mills as we know it? Will peoples greed get in the way or will their love for their town stand?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Secondary Characters (Slight Spoilers) May 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am not going to bother with a summary of the book. The book description given by Amazon is an excellent summary of the plot.

I hesitated to buy this book, because I don't care for contemporary romances. I prefer Urban, Paranormal and Fantasy romances. That said, I bought the book because I have read other books by this author, and have found the majority of them to be excellent reads. As with all of Rhodes' books, the secondary characters are charming and delightful. Each has a sharply drawn personality and you get so caught up with THEIR story you almost forget about the featured couples' story. I thoroughly enjoyed Annie, Hardy, Dewey, Rollie, Lorelei and all the rest. Each one of the secondary characters became an old friend and lots of time was spent developing their personalities by the author. I enjoyed the plot of the book, but sort of felt that Meg's ex-husband was a "loose" end. After all, don't we all want to see a glimpse of Meg running into him and figuratively "thumbing" her nose at him? It felt to me as if Edward got off pretty much scot free after being such a pig.

Another thing that bothered me was the motivations of the characters. For instance, Lorelei lived with her mother, an alcoholic woman of loose morals. Lorelei was shown to have decency, kindness and caring, but she chose to spend her free time at the local bar? I would think that given her personality, she would have gotten a break from home by going to the library, the movies, or a church group. A bar should be the last place she would frequent given her home life and her disdain for it.

Meg wanted to find herself after a nasty divorce. As the story goes on, we see different reactions of Meg's, but that was what they were - reactions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Preston's Mill is a good start to a new series by Jacqueline Rhoades
Preston's Mill is a good start to a new series by Jacqueline Rhoades. If you like her Wolver's series, you'll like these. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Claire
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, sweet, but hot romance in a lovely setting
Right up front I will say that I bought the next book in this series today, so that gives you a good idea of how much I enjoyed the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesone book by Jacqueline Rhoades.
Absolutely captivating book. I did not want to put it down, I read it all in one sitting. Thank you for gracing my collection with this fantastic book! :D
Published 5 months ago by Caitlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed
So I discovered a new author and really enjoyed her writing and stories. I purchased both Preston Mill's and Changing Times. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Julie Rainville
5.0 out of 5 stars The most you ever wanted from a romance story: this one delivers it...
This story is both character and plot driven, and won't disappoint in any way. It just plain satisfies that hankering for a great story I!
Published 8 months ago by marya13
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Small Town Novel
The characters are believable and well- drawn. Situations and problem were nicely resolved. A fulfilling read. I am looking forward to another.
Published 9 months ago by dianne hafertepen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new story !
This is a great book I loved reading it and was hoping the second book would be released soon but do far I haven't heard anything about it . Hope for a new release soon !
Published 10 months ago by mary jakoubek
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 1 am couldn't put it down
This is one cute story of a small mountain community. I hope there's a new book out there for Lorelei. Because this one rocked
Published 12 months ago by Andyreha
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and entertaining
I really enjoyed the characters and the tight plot development... didn't want to put it down. I am adding this author to my list of buy as soon as published... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Preston`s Mill
I loved it!! This author has hooked me, hook,line and sinker. She captures you in these journeys with these down home people, and makes you feel as if you know them, your... Read more
Published 14 months ago by eva aldridge
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Jacqueline, known as Jackie to her friends, lives in rural southern Ohio with one lovable husband, one spoiled dog and one disinterested cat. She believes coffee is a food group and therefore necessary to her survival. She always has a pot brewing. When not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in someone else's book or working in her garden. She also spends a great deal of time chasing deer and rabbits who apparently also like gardening.
Jackie loves hearing from her readers and is always willing to chat. She can be reached through her website, or at

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