“I'm not sure when I read this book, but I remembered it too well to reread it, and i remember enjoying it.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“If you picked this book up intending it to be your first Kristin Hannah book...put it down and back away. Now. I can honestly say I was a little disappointed with this book after reading so many of her others. I know this was an early attempt and in her own author's notes it stated that she had...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I'm not sure when I read this book, but I remembered it too well to reread it, and i remember enjoying it.”Carla H wrote this review Monday, June 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I only finished this historical romance because the author writes such good stories but this was not one of them. Their secrets took too long to reveal but they were obvious and predictable anyway. I mostly skimmed all but dialog. Drifter Mad Dog gets a job at Mariah's family apple orchard.
“If you picked this book up intending it to be your first Kristin Hannah book...put it down and back away. Now. I can honestly say I was a little disappointed with this book after reading so many of her others. I know this was an early attempt and in her own author's notes it stated that she had trouble writing this one, and it shows. This story lacks the heart of Hannah's other works. It felt more like a romance novel than historical fiction. I couldn't place the characters in the time in which the story is set. There was too much "romantic misgiving" and not enough of an actual story to keep me interested. ”JoBeth D wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting story about a woman tied for years to a safe place after suffering a tragedy when she was 16. So glad Kristin Hannah progressed as a writer in 1993 to create her more recent novels such as Winter Garden, Firefly Lane, Summer Island, to name a few. I will certainly pursue her other books.”Carol Bodnarchuk wrote this review Thursday, July 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this book had a gripping opening page and then dipped and took a further 50+ pages to get me hooked and then once in i couldn't stop reading. there are numerous moments in this book that made me laugh as well as bringing a tear to my eye. this book deals with bereavement and loss in all its forms expertly. there is so much depth to this book than the romance themed blurb on the jacket implies ”Christine R wrote this review Monday, February 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mad Dog Stone arrives unexpected at the apple farm and turnes everyone's life upside down and inside out. Mariah Throckmorton was just a lonely young woman afraid to face the world - tragedy was a part of her life and she had to learn how to get past it and really live. ”Naomi L wrote this review Thursday, February 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this. It dragged a little in parts, but the relationship of Jake and Mariah was cute. Rass was a great character. It was predictable. Quick read. ”Ashley S wrote this review Monday, September 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an historical novel about love. Three lonely people find each other, Mariah, Mad Dog, and Jake. Although very predictable, I enjoyed this book because of the issues Mariah and Mad Dog both had. Jake following his dad hoping for a happy reunion was heartwarming. Rass, Mariah’s father, was my favorite character because of his concern for his daughter and his kindness toward Mad Dog and Jake. He kept seeking to improve his relationship with his daughter and help her let go of the past so she could enjoy the present and the future before he died. I loved the banter between Mariah and Mad Dog. This book has wit, humor and heartbreak. ”Karen Z wrote this review Tuesday, June 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of her older historical romances.”Erika S wrote this review Wednesday, October 27, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a wonderful book, full of emotion with great characters and such a good story; but there was a lot of sadness at the end.
Mariah Throckmorton loved her father but felt as though nothing she did since her mother's death mattered to him. When he hired a drifter, Mad Dog Stone, as a handyman around the farm, Mariah felt as though she was being replaced. But her father, Rass, had posted an ad for the job hoping to attract a man who would stay and take care of Mariah after he was gone - and he felt that was coming too soon. He had no idea it would be a drifter - but Mad Dog found he liked being there, liked bandying words with the lady of the house. And having clean clothes and bedding meant a lot. He couldn't resist a challenge; she presented one. Mariah hadn't left the farm, past the white picket fence, in years; since Stephen, her first lover - and there was a story there. Then along came Jake, who'd followed Mad Dog in his fistfights for months - Rass took him in, too! Mad Dog eventually had to wonder, had Mariah ever loved? What he found was that Mariah had needs - two of those were love and commitment, two things Mad Dog wasn't familiar with.”