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Sweet Water (West Texas Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anna Jeffrey
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 352 pages
  • Series: West Texas Series (Book 1)
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Book Description

Contemporary Adult Romance Set in Texas

Terry Ledger, a wealthy West Texas developer and builder of high-end homes, isn’t looking for romance. He has a goal to construct an exclusive development for senior citizens. He has searched for years for the right location, but never expected to find it on an eBay auction. Now he has paid a million dollars to win the tiny town of Agua Dulce, Texas and he’s ready to start building his dream.

But not if Marisa Rutherford has anything to say about it. The ostensible town mayor, manager of the only cafe, flea market and tourist trap and caretaker of her dying mother, never expected to have to protect the town’s odd population, as well as her heart, from an outsider like Terry and his plans. But she will fight to the end to keep Agua Dulce from becoming just another stop on a wealthy developer’s path to riches.

As Terry and Marisa battle it out, romance takes root between them. Can Marisa reconcile her heartfelt feeling for Terry with the loyalty she feels for the town’s citizens? Can Terry’s love for her make him understand her need to protect them, even from him?

Praise for this Western Romance

“Sweet Water is filled with wonderfully complex characters whose personalities are gradually revealed. There are no easy answers for any of them, but the ones they find are mostly happy and satisfyingly realistic. A pleasurable read.” –Romantic Times

“Jeffrey mixes just the right amount of soft, sweet, and funny, making Agua Dulce hard to resist.” - Detroit Free Press

“A warm contemporary romance starring amiable lead protagonists and a town of eccentrics who meddle, matchmake, and mother the stars....Fans will enjoy this slice of life in West Texas.” -The Best Reviews

“Sweet Water” is her best yet. Sexy, tender, romantic don’t begin to describe how wonderful this story is.” -

Product Details

  • File Size: 1358 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Anna Jeffrey Books (November 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,339 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so sweet December 31, 2012
By Jean
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Marisa is the 34-year old woman who has given up her own life to care for her mother, who has Alzheimer's Disease, as well as her mother's business in the tiny town of Agua Dulce, TX. Terry is the self-made millionaire land developer who has bought the entire town on eBay and plans to basically wipe it out in order to build a retirement community.

I don't know why this book rubbed me the wrong way, but it did. First, there were so many over-the-top "quirky" characters it was ridiculous. Then there was the fact that Marisa could taste Terry's yearning and longing for home in his kiss. Really? That's quite a talent. But when it really went bad for me was during the first sex scene when Terry said (and I kid you not) "Just pretend this is my eight inches going straight to your heart." Oh. My. God. I know that was probably supposed to be hot and/or romantic but, to be honest, if someone said that to me I would be doubled over laughing. The mood would be totally ruined.

Then there was stuff like the fact that Terry supposedly owned a cell phone but he was listening to messages piled up on his answering machine after he had been gone for a few days. And that a roadrunner named Hercules was later referred to as Henry. Confusing. At one point the question of Marisa's paternity came up as she questioned her eye color in relation to the eye color of her supposed father, leaving me to think we would learn something interesting there. Nope. Never mentioned again. Maybe that was the main problem I had with this book. It created more questions then it answered before its rather abrupt ending.

Adult language and limited but detailed sexual content.

It wasn't the worst book ever but I can't really recommend it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Off Your Calendar February 28, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book requires lots of time because you just can't put it down. Marisa and her crazy neighbors have their lives turned upside down when their little town is sold on EBAY. What will happen to Peacos Belle's? What about the martian landing pad?

What was Terry Ledger thinking when he bought a Texas town on EBAY? What was he going to do with the residents? What was he going to do about the budding romance that could cause him to sabotage his own big plans? These questions were answered in a fun, full of life, emotional rollercoaster of emotions that is Sweet Water. This book like Anna Jeffrey's others is full of vivid full color writing. I find myself smelling the coffee brewing and feeling a part of the action. Now that I have fallen in love with all of these characters and I do mean characters,I need to know what happens next... Sequil PLEASE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars December 24, 2012
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Very good character development, some typos, but not so many that it takes away from the story. With only a few sex scenes and a few cuss words, a clean book. Only downfall in my opinion is the ending, was a little lacking for me.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars warm contemporary romance January 3, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Agua Dulce, Texas, Mr. Patel informs Marisa Rutherford that their town of ten residents in West Texas has been bought over eBay. Marisa worries that the owner will build a modern monster petrol station that will put out of business her mom's Pecos Belle's Emporium & Eats. Marisa wonders what she and her Alzheimer's afflicted mom will do once the newcomer arrives.

Realty speculator Terry Ledger knows even for him this million dollar gambit seems insane. However, he pictures a travelers' oasis in the middle of nowhere, but the ten citizens, that is those with their faculties, consider him an idiot. He soon realizes that his prime obstacle is the beautiful intelligent town leader Marisa; if he can sell the concept to her, she will sell his plan to the others. However, as Terry works on the roadblock, he and Marisa begin to fall in love. He alters his plans to expand his persuasion to include Marisa as his life's partner, but she was burned once by love and fears touching a greater heat the second time around.

SWEET WATER is a warm contemporary romance starring amiable lead protagonists and a town of eccentrics who meddle, matchmake and mother the stars. The changing relationship between Marisa and Terry make the tale; on a personal level they begin to fall in love though she doubts her competency with those feelings; on a professional level they are combatants with different dreams for the future of Agua Dulce and for one another. Though the solution seems too simple, fans will enjoy this slice of life in West Texas.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! January 5, 2013
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Very good doesn't' have to be blood relatives! Nobody knows that better than a West Texas girl, raised in an area where people employed in oil and gas come and go, but have bonds that last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! January 2, 2013
By barbara
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Great characters, fun read, hot guy! What more does one need?!? :) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Jeffrey shines November 22, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been a fan of Anna Jeffrey's since The Love of a Cowboy showed up in my mailbox over 3 years ago. She has a way of combining romance and women's fiction--that is, romance, but with serious undertones--that really grabs me. Sweet Water is the kind of story I expect from Anna Jeffrey.

Marisa Rutherford has come home to take care of her mother, who has Alzheimer's, and finds herself in charge of not only her mother and her small diner, but of the entire group of misfits who call the tiny West Texas town of Agua Dulce home.

The town's already-shaky stability is threatened, however, when it's sold on ebay. Seems one man owned most of the town, and after his death, his widow took the easiest solution. Now everyone's coming to Marisa for help.

Terry Ledger is a real estate speculator, and he knows he's taking a risk by buying the town, but it's a risk that will pay off big, if everything goes well. All he has to do is deal with one woman, and everyone else will fall in line. The trouble is, she's an awfully hard woman to resist.

Sweet Water is full of realism--the inhabitants of Agua Dulce are eccentric, to say the least, but they're the kind of people who would cluster together in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.

One example--they're realistically poor. None of this faux-poverty you see all the time in books or on TV--people who are "poor" but can manage to spring for designer shoes or last-minute flights or who have a secret stash of priceless heirlooms they just can't bear to sell. These people are making ends meet, but those ends are awfully frayed.

They're also realistic in their eccentricity, not caricatures or "types." And their relationships are likewise realistic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I truly enjoyed this sweet well written story. The characters were nicely written and the storyline well developed. Looking forward to more.
Published 2 days ago by M.Nageldinger @ Addicted to books and authors
5.0 out of 5 stars West Texas Is A Story Unto Itself
This is a heartwarming tale where the goal slays her man, in the end. The mystery is when will she believe it herself. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Steve Ashley
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, the characters predictable
OK, if you don't have anything thing else to do.
Boring, the characters predictable, nothing interesting or exciting happened. The same bla, bla....until the end.
Published 2 months ago by Maria Clara Velasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet water review
I enjoyed this book very much. The concern and care given a mother with Alzheimer's. The love of two special people.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Texas Gem
Since I hail from Texas, I was immediately drawn into this story. It's very well done with a recognizable sense of desert (loved the road runners) and a delicate rendering of a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas book
Enjoy the characters and description of the land. Have bought the following books that was in this series Good reading.
Published 9 months ago by Nan
5.0 out of 5 stars well written western romances
I like cowboy romances with interesting stories about real life on ranches. this book contains one long story and one shorter story. both excellent reading
Published 11 months ago by Kimberly L.
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story!
I loved that it was about a town in Texas, the characters were rich and likable, and the story line terrific! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kimberly S. Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars The learning lessons of a millionaire
This is a story of a rather unusual little rural community with a wide variety of unique people who come together to help effect and shape the change that prevails upon their town... Read more
Published 16 months ago by JoAnn Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars review
AnnaJeffrey is a talented author. She wrote about an eclectic mix of characters that you felt you knew. It was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and I will read more of her books.
Published 18 months ago by Karren Lucas
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More About the Author

Anna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She has written 9 romance novels and co-authored 7 as USA Today Bestselling author, Dixie Cash. Her most recent book is "The Tycoon."

Her Anna Jeffrey books have won the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold, and the More Than Magic awards. Her books have been finalists in the Colorado Romance Writers award, the Golden Quill and Southern Magic as well as the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold and the More than Magic awards. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors and PASIC.

Anna is a fifth generation Texan. She was born and grew up in West Texas, where most of her family members were farmers and ranchers or worked in the oil fields. She left Texas for many years and lived in four of the western states, a rich experience she'll never forget.

She loves most things western, from the customs and culture to the philosophy of life. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading.

These days, she's back home in Texas. She and her husband currently live in Granbury, Texas, a small town not far from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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