Daisy's Back in Town
Rachel Gibson
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Daisy's Back in Town
Rachel Gibson
370 pages
January 2004
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Iíll go ahead and say up front that I enjoy Rachel Gibsonís writing. She reminds me of an up-and-coming Susan Elizabeth Phillips with a smidgen of Kasey Michaels thrown in. What separates her writing from the previously mentioned authors is the fact that her characters and plots are funny and touching, but there isnít a great deal of depth to them. There is a lot of potential mingled with a quite a bit of fluff.

Daisy Lee Brooks Monroe is a Texas girl with the spirit and spunk you would expect of a woman from the Lone Star state, all hidden under a soccer-mom veneer. She moved away from Lovett Texas when she was eighteen and never expected to return. She and her husband married right out of high school and moved to Washington, where they raised a son and created happy lives for themselves. It is only after her husbandís prolonged illness and eventual death that she makes the decision to return to take care of unfinished business.

Her unfinished business is one Jackson Parrish, the bad boy she fell in love with many years before and the former best friend of her deceased husband. He happens to be the father of her teenage son, a circumstance of which he is unaware. When Daisy married his best friend and disappeared, Jack vowed to hate her forever. But her sudden reappearance throws his intentions into a tailspin, and the feelings he buried under a pile of resentment pop up at the most inconvenient times.

With a plot that is far from original and a cast of characters who arenít terribly memorable, Daisy's Back in Town still manages to be an interesting story. Daisy is amusing and feisty, Jack is a certified grade-A hunk with an equally appealing personality, and the relationship between Jack and his son is touching. While it lacks originality, it contains enough romance, humor, and hot love scenes to make it an enjoyable and quick read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Kelley Sittner Hartshorn, 2004

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