Thursday, October 13, 2016

Relative Best by Pat Henshaw

Sometimes love sneaks up when you’re least looking for it…

Zeke Bandy, owner of Bandy’s Finest Hotel in Old Town Stone Acres, California, is too busy for love. Not only does he oversee the operations of the historic hotel and uphold his family’s tradition of offering refuge to strays and runaways, Zeke also sings and plays down-home music two nights a week at the Stonewall Saloon and for occasional celebrations. Then Zeke meets Victor Longbow, the man of his dreams.

Vic isn’t looking for love either. In fact, because of his upbringing in a strict, white foster family, Vic’s not sure he believes in love. He’s in Stone Acres to open a branch office of a national brokerage firm. He’s also hoping to find a vintage photo of what might be his Native American ancestor.

After their paths cross, they become friends, then more. Connected by their experiences as orphans raised by flawed fathers, Zeke and Vic realize that some men must find love, hone it, and create families for themselves.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is part of a series, but I read it as a standalone – I may well have missed some subtle elements, but the story stood well enough on its own. It had a very old fashioned feel to it, yet also mentioned the twenty first century, it otherwise was rather timeless.

The title gives a good indication of the underlying theme of the story, as both men are adopted outcasts. Interestingly, one had nothing but study and he is the one who finds it easier to love. The other is too busy to see that he is worthy of it. Very quickly though, they are cemented together. It was sometimes too full of other side characters for me, but who would mean more to long time series readers. It is sweet, and has a happy ending.

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska and promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat has enjoyed visiting Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and relishes trips to Rome, Italy, and Eugene, Oregon, to see family. Now retired, Pat spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Relative Best (Foothills Pride #5) by Pat Henshaw to read and review.

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