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The Sheriff of Shelter Valley : Shelter Valley Stories (Harlequin Superromance No. 1087) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; First Edition edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373710879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373710874
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,330,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of more than 60 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning. When she's not writing or fulfilling speaking engagements, Tara loves to travel with her husband, stopping wherever the spirit takes them. They've been spotted in casinos and quaint little small town antique shops all across the country.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Penn on November 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The piercing cry of a child wakes a woman in a hotel in Snowflake, Arizona. With no identification and no memory of her past, she must construct a life for herself and her son. Using the name she checked in under, Beth Allen evaluates the bruises on her body and the two thousand dollars in a duffle bag and surmises that she and Ryan are on the run. But from what and to where?
An article describing the sanctuary a battered wife discovered in Shelter Valley leads Beth there. She begins a cleaning business and leads a reclusive life. But the sheriff Greg Richards finds the draw of this enigmatic woman fascinating. Meanwhile, Greg has his own struggles with his past as current carjackings seem to tie to cold cases of ten years ago that took his father's life.
Author Tara Taylor Quinn uses amnesia to great effect in THE SHERIFF OF SHELTER VALLEY. Rather than encouraging dependence, however, amnesia forces self-reliance and extreme independence for Beth. The secondary plot, however, threatens to overbalance the tale as Greg struggles to solve the carjackings. Nevertheless, the use of a cult in the novel provides a chilling motivation for Beth's flight, and her desperate need to protect her child. While the novel feels a bit uneven, it's fast pace and riveting action will keep the reader glued to its pages. Recommended.
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Shelter Valley is a small, safe town for the most part. Unfortunately there have been a bunch of carjackings happening in and around Shelter Valley recently. Greg Richards (the sheriff) wants to get to the bottom of them in part because his father was the victim of one 10 years previously.

Beth Allan is a new resident to Shelter Valley. She has a young son named Ryan, but cannot remember anything about her life before she woke up in a hotel room in a nearby town with a headache, Ryan calling her mommy, a duffel bag full of money and an article about Tory Sanders who came to Shelter Valley to start over after abuse.

Greg and Beth like each other, but Beth keeps her distance because she does not want anybody to know about the amnesia until she figures out who she is, and who is after her.

Greg and Beth do end up closer though, and after Greg does some more digging about the carjackings and Beth starts regaining her memory they realize that the two are connected.

What is the connection? Read The Sheriff of Shelter Valley
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 8, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The wail of an infant wakes up Beth Allen in a Snowflake, Arizona motel with bruises on her body especially her head and a loss of memory. Beth knows her name because that is the identity she registered with to obtain a room. She concludes based on where she is and the contusions that she is on the run, but has no idea from whom or where. When she reads an article in a magazine about a battered spouse welcomed to safety in nearby Shelter Valley, she decides to go there with the child she assumes is her son.

Months later, Beth still suffers from amnesia and remains in hiding for fear that her unknown enemy will find her. Sheriff Greg Richards asks her out as he is attracted to her, but though she likes the lawman, she rejects him because she doesn't want him probing into her past even innocently on a date. As he works to stop deadly carjackings that is reminiscent of a cold case, her past is closing in on her and only Greg can keep her and her son safe.

Fans of the series will delight in the latest entry as characters return from previous novels and Greg finds his true love. The story line uses a police procedural as a secondary subplot, but mostly focuses on Beth's dilemmas. Though amnesia is an overused gimmick, the audience will want Greg to stop whoever seeks to harm the heroine. Romantic suspense readers will enjoy this tale though the villain's reason for chasing Beth seems stretched, but then again perhaps cult insanity makes it reasonable.

Harriet Klausner
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