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Come Hell or High Water Paperback – October 13, 2009
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While persuing publication, Paula has worked as a floral designer. Born in Florida, she landed in Texas at the age of four and has lived in Texas ever since. In addition to writing, she loves working with flowers, taking walks with her husband and dogs, fishing, camping, flower gardening, and watching the goldfish in her backyard pond. She currently lives with her husband, two dogs, a parrot, and three cockatiels.
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Revis Kirkland, the owner works hard to keep the ranch in the black financially. He is in the process of divorcing Holly, his wife of 20 years. It is difficult to like Holly. She is a snob. She comes from a wealthy Austin family and is not at all happy staying on the ranch. Holly takes her son, Travis, to Austin to live with her father.
Travis is a typically confused teenager torn between his mother and his father. He pushes his limits at every turn.
Revis has a second son, Toby. Toby's mother and Revis never married but Revis supported him financially. One day Toby is dumped at the ranch like a sack of potatoes. He is troubled by an unthinkable evil. Evil totally unexpected in a small town. Toby almost dies. His mother does die.
Evil is rampant in Ken Logan. A longstanding family feud between the Kirkland's and Logan's is vicious. Logan is a well written antagonist. I wanted him dead as soon as I met him.
Secondary characters come to life just as vividly as the main characters.
You'll love this 1950's western with sprinklings of romance, murder, and secrets.
Then, read "The Hell after Stallions" the sequel. Get ready for another can't put down read. Secrets are revealed. Evil is quenched. Sort of. More secrets are dug out of shallow graves. Travis is almost killed. The mayor, Eddie Ruth Logan, gets married. Another 5 Star Read.
Follow The Kirkland Family saga. The third book will come along soon.
As for the writer? Well, truth be told, I tell everyone that to me, she is the female Larry McMurtry. This is right up there in quality with The Last Picture Show and I love the feel of the citizens in the small Texas town Revis calls home. My husband and one of our best male friends could not put the book down, either, so it definitely speaks to both men and women.
So, Ms. Bruno, when do we get to read the next sequel?
This book will make you fall in love with the man, the child, and the rugged landscape that shape their characters. This compelling story will leave you thirsting for more of Paula Bruno's fiction and her deft hand with character and plot.