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That deep voice she remembered so well. A quick glance told her not much had changed in the store's decor. A little bit of everything and not much of anything. She forced a smile and strode to the wooden counter on the platform that stood half a foot higher than the floor. The man who'd spoken had his back to the door, a broad back that stretched the black t-shirt imprinted with Reinhardt's Hardware, family owned since 1854. A fact the Reinhardt family was immensely proud of, but the crux of the reason she and Dietz had gone their separate ways. "Hello, Dietz."
"Franziska Mueller...to what do I owe this pleasure?"
The smile on his lips didn't reach his blue eyes. A fact she knew was totally her fault. "I just came in on the westbound train for my Thanksgiving visit and nobody was there to meet me. Erich Bruno happened by and he was driving me out to the ranch when he had to respond to a call." Again, she sounded pathetic. Inside her coat pockets, both hands drew into fists. God, facing him one-on-one was harder than she'd thought it would be. "Can I use your phone?"
"Pay phone's outside the door."
Her body tightened. "What is with this town and pay phones?" She paced a couple steps and back. "Normally, I'd use my cell but the battery needs charging. I don't have coins for a call." Could she sound any more unprepared for life?
"So, you're askin' for a favor?" A black eyebrow arched over crystal blue eyes and he leaned an elbow on the counter. "Is that what I'm hearing?"
About the Author
- ASIN : B00A9LTFOC
- Publisher : The Wild Rose Press; Sweetheart Rose 1st edition (November 18, 2012)
- Publication date : November 18, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 261 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 67 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,809,642 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Heroine Franzi Mueller works in the intensely competitive fashion world, but is taking time off to return home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The demands of her job and unpleasant coworkers provide external conflict but also serve as a source of discontent in her life. As the story begins, Franzi appears to be entering a period of self-doubt regarding the choices she has made in life. Her return home exacerbates the heroine's awareness of what she has sacrificed for her career—the closeness of friends and family and the love of her high school sweetheart.
While Franzi left town following high school, hero Dietz Reinhardt stayed behind to take over his family business. It's pretty clear right from the beginning that Franzi broke Dietz's heart when she left, which makes him cautious about trusting her. His brief marriage to another woman failed and it swiftly becomes clear that he is still carrying a torch for Franzi. He seems torn between wanting to be with the heroine and worrying that she'll love him and leave him again.
Reluctant in love Franzi and Dietz don't stand much of a chance of remaining apart. The whole town seems to be in on a grand plot to bring them together. The antics of the townsfolk are definitely amusing and help to drive the story. One machination after another throws the pair together and their powerful attraction for each other does the rest. The cast of secondary characters is full of lively, interesting faces but I did feel overwhelmed at points. I wanted to see more of the hero and heroine together, less of meddling neighbors and relatives.
ON WITH THE SHOW will appeal to readers looking for a sweet romance full of homey themes: being with friends and family, childhood sweethearts reunited, and a lovely touch of humor. The conclusion is bright with promise and will not disappoint.
The story was short, but it is well written. Due to the length, there are spots that could have been a little more fleshed out, but the author concentrated on what was important and the story came together beautifully.
The story starts out with Franzi, our heroine, trying to get all the pressing stuff on her desk dealt with before she leaves for her hometown for Thanksgiving. Most of us can relate to the juggling of emails, telephone calls and faxes all coming in at the same time and having to be dealt with immediately. Then a co-worker comes in and maliciously adds to her stress level. Franzi needs this vacation home to decompress on a personal level and to help like she does every year with the annual show her Mother puts on for the veterans at the local hospital.
Franzi's train doesn't get in until the evening and there is no one from her parents' ranch to meet her. Sigh. Her bad day is getting worse. She is rescued by her high school boyfriend, Dietz, who has turned into a man in the years since she had left town.
Franzi kept getting the idea that her Mother, her Aunt, her friends and even the town librarian were conspiring to throw her into the vicinity of Dietz time after time.
This story is very well written. All of the things that Franzi remembered as child growing up where described as if you were there with her. Her room, her bed, the quilt her Mother made for her. Waking with her in the morning and coming downstairs to the smell of fresh coffee and baking bread. Ummmm. Outside in the barnyard were the familiar smells of damp earth and wet grass as well as the warmth of the barn and smell of the animals and hay. All of her memories tugged at her to make her start to wonder what pulled her away from it all. She had gone to college, had gotten herself a very good job as a fashion designer and loved every fast-paced minute of it. What she did not like was the back-stabbing and general unpleasantness of office politics. This is the area that was glossed over and not very well fleshed out, but you did get the idea that Franzi was getting burned out by it all.
I really liked Franzi and Dietz. The only complaint I have is that this story is good, but could really be written as a longer novel with the background story of her climb in the fashion design industry and her disillusionment with what it took to get there. There were hints of office politics and a brief glimpse of one very unpleasant co-worker. All this plus more interaction and fleshing out of what appeared to be very colorful town characters would make for a very fun full-length book. As it is, the story is a short fun read and it went well with my morning coffee today.