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Runaway Bride Paperback – Large Print, July 1, 2009
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About the Author
From deep in the heart of Texas comes author Rita Hestand, to tantalize your romantic senses. Rita is a mother, grandmother and even a great grandmother. She loves to write, watch old movies and watch people. Her passion for the west lives in her westerns. She brings solid character driven books with soul and romance for your reading pleasure.
Top customer reviews
The most horrifying error is that the aunt, Lucy Kingsley was the sister of Savannah's MOTHER. The BROTHER-IN-LAW'S last name was Kingsley. This is sloppiness to the nth degree.
How in the world should we be expected to pay even one cent for something of this quality.
I don't get it. I definitely won't be reading more from this author. My time is more valuable than this. And she has demonstrated a total lack of respect for me as a reader to allow this to be published even if it hadn't cost anything.
Ben allows Savannah to stay with him while she puts her life together. Despite a strong attraction to each other, both Savannah and Ben have deep-seated trust issues. Can Savannah's steadfast belief in love win Ben's heart or will it drive him from her arms?
Hestand's plot moves nicely, slowing down in just the right spots. Savannah is multi-dimensional. Hestand has put a lot of thought into both Ben and Savannah and it shows right down to their names. Kingsley is an appropriate name for Savannah, having been raised by rich parents who saw to it she wanted for nothing. Ben, along with his name, embodies the qualities a reader associates with a southern law man. He's firm, fair, and honest.
Hestand has a writing style that engages the reader. The dialogue is natural and flows well. The novel is "sweet" for CRR with a few sensual kisses and caresses which are tastefully done. Overall, Runaway Bride inspires hope in the power of love.
Hestand's effective and smooth storytelling kept me reading about Savannah's continued misfortunes. Savannah keeps her $5,000 wedding gown on when she drives her parents' car out of town which makes it difficult when she gets a flat tire. She can't call AAA for help because her cell phone battery needs to be recharged. She doesn't have her charger or her purse. She doesn't see anyone to stop for help on the highway. Savannah realizes she's pretty much stranded in the desert in Texas and needs to help herself. Although she has never changed a tire and has no clue how to use a jack, she makes a valiant attempt to try. All she accomplishes is ripping her dress, breaking her manicured nails, and getting dirt all over her. She's elated to see a bus and gets the driver to stop.
While she walks down the aisle, Ben Hogg observes her closely and knows that he doesn't want her to sit by him. He notices she's wearing parts of a wedding dress. He doesn't want any part of her. He's been burned by an ex-wife. He snores in hopes that will discourage her from sitting by him. It doesn't. When they both get off the bus in a small peaceful town, Savannah learns that the handsome Ben is the sheriff. He has to put her up for the night because her aunt is in Europe, and there is no place for her to go. Everything is closed on a Sunday night in Junction.
Savannah is a delightful character and even though she's had a pampered life for twenty-six years, she wants to start a new life away from her doting parents. She's not afraid to tackle challenges and learn new things. Ben Hogg is another well-written character in Hestand's book.
I highly recommend the Runaway Bride. It's an entertaining and enjoyable romance. I'll be sure to read more books by this author.