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Review: A Love to Call Her Own (Tallgrass #3) by Marilyn Pappano

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Review: A Love to Call Her Own (Tallgrass #3) by Marilyn PappanoA Love to Call Her Own by Marilyn Pappano
Series: Tallgrass #3
Published by: Forever Romance on 8/26/2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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It's been two years since Jessy Lawrence lost her husband in Afghanistan, and she's never fully recovered. Drowning her sorrows didn't help, and neither did the job she'd hoped would give her a sense of purpose. Now trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it's like to love-and lose-a man in uniform . . . and the memory of one stolen night that makes her dream of a second chance at love.

Dalton Smith has known more than his fair share of grief. Since his wife's death, he revels in the solitude of his cattle ranch. But try as he might, he can't stop thinking about the stunning redhead and the reckless, passionate night they shared. He wasn't ready before, but Dalton sees now that Jessy is the only woman who can mend his broken heart. So how will he convince her to take a chance on him?




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A Love to Call Her Own is the third Tallgrass novel by Marilyn Pappano.  While it’s the third in the series, it can be read on it’s own without too much trouble, and if you’re looking for a romance novel with lots of heart warming moments and some incredibly strong friendships, look no further.


A Love to Call Her Own focuses on two different couples, Jessy and Dalton, and Lucy and Ben.  Jessy and Lucy both belong to the exclusive margarita sisters club, but don’t be hoping you’ll get a chance to join any time soon.  The club is for widows who have lost their husbands in the war, and the girls all get together every Tuesday and offer each other support for anything they might be going through in life, including finding happiness in new relationships.


Everyone deals with grief and loss in different ways, and Jessy prefers to drown her sorrows in alcohol, more than what could be considered a healthy amount.  Known for her share of one night stands, her past comes back to smack her in the face when she runs into Dalton, a drunken one night stand from a few months ago.  Can Jessy get over her fear of another relationship and give Dalton a chance?


While not a margarita sister, Dalton also lost someone in the war, his wife Sandra.  While everyone else thinks of her dying a hero’s death, Dalton has a secret he’s keeping from all of their loved ones about the way she truly died.  When he runs into Jessy again, will she be able to trust her enough to give a new relationship a try?


Ben comes to Tallgrass for only one reason, and he’s not exactly thrilled about it.  His mother, who ran out on the family with another man when Ben was just in his teens, has recently lost her husband, and needs someone to help her through a tough time.  Ben would much rather leave her to deal with her grief on her own, but Lucy manages to convince him to temporarily put the past behind him and come help his mother.


Lucy is Patricia’s neighbor, and one who knows about the grief of losing a husband to the war all too well.  So when Patricia gets the dreaded call, Lucy makes sure at least one of her children comes to her aid during a time where family and support matter more than anything.


There were a lot of things I enjoyed about A Love to Call Her Own.  Jessy and Dalton’s relationship is something that kept me entertained throughout the whole novel, and I found myself trying to rush through the parts where they weren’t the central focus.  Jessy’s very guarded, keeping her own secrets from her margarita sisters, even though the group would clearly support each other through anything.  Dalton is a rancher, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a cowboy?  They’ve both gone through the kind of tragedy that I can’t even begin to imagine, and it’s nice to see them work through their troubles and discover that they do deserve to be happy again.


The book was well written, but I wish it had been broken up a bit differently.  Chapters could be split between two perspectives, or three or four, and I just think it would have flowed a little better if each chapter had been a different character’s perspective, since there were four different main characters to hear from.


I also think that four main characters was a little odd for this particular story.  I  don’t know how many books there will be in this series, but I would rather have one book dedicated to each margarita sister, rather than one book split between two couples.  Or, a longer novel that gives both couples a nice complete ending, because I didn’t feel any sense of completion with Lucy and Ben like I did with Jessy and Dalton.


All of that being said, I do give A Love to Call Her Own 4 out of 5 controllers.  I really enjoyed the story, both Jessy’s and Lucy’s, I just wish that there would have been more of an ending with Lucy, because I didn’t get that feeling at all.


My Rating

rate 4

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About Marilyn Pappano

Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband’s Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.