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Review of My Sister, Myself by Tara Taylor Quinn, featuring her Shelter Valley Series w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

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Becca's BabyBecca’s Baby
(Shelter Valley Stories, #1)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 297 pages
February 15th 2002 by Harlequin Books

Meet Will and Becca Parsons, who ve lived in Shelter Valley, Arizona, all their lives. Shelter Valley means everything to them. Home. Family. Security. Love. Everything that matters is right there in that town.

Will and Becca have been married for 20 years. It s a good marriage a contented marriage marred by only one disappointment: their inability to have children. But their dream of a baby has gradually been replaced by other interests, other goals.

In any case, Will and Becca are in their 40s now.

It s too late for babies.

Except it s not. Because Becca s pregnant. And that reality throws their carefully ordered lives into complete disarray.

A baby after all these years.

My Sister, Myself
(Shelter Valley Stories, #2)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 304 pages
May 31st 2002 by Harlequin Books

She’s not who she says she is! Tory Evans is living her sister’s life. Christine is dead, murdered by Tory’s vengeful ex-husband, and now – for her own survival – Tory has taken on Christine’s identity. Her name, her job, her new home in Shelter Valley, Arizona.

He’s reinventing his life. Ben Sanders is a divorced father who’s come to Shelter Valley to resume the education that was interrupted years before. He’s intrigued by one of his professors, the woman he knows as Christine Evans. She’s smart, she’s beautiful – and she’s hiding something. She’s also off-limits.

Despite that, despite the secrecy and the danger, Tory and Ben are drawn to each other. Second chances really do exist. Especially in a place like Shelter Valley…


I’m not sure where to start on this one.  Such a beautifully written and powerful book.  Ms. Quinn does not shy away from the domestic violence or child abuse in this book.  Is it graphic?  No but hearing about child abuse through the eyes of a child is something I will never forget…even if it’s in a book.  My heart wept.  So powerful.

What makes the book extra special is the romance in the book.  Ben and Christine (Tory) were friends first.  In fact, their romance didn’t actually happen until about the end of the book.  I know, weird huh?  But trust me, there is a point to the very slow build.  Christine had major issues when it came to men which is completely understandable.  It was one of the sweetest, most well crafted romances that I’ve read in a while.  Sure, I read a lot but also understand that this book is a complete turnaround of what I normally read.  🙂

I would be remiss to say that I have read Ms. Quinn before and she never disappoints in her writing and pacing.  I loved her secondary characters that eventually get their own books and I can’t wait to read their HEA’s.  If I had a compliant, my answer to what will happen at the college wasn’t answered but I’m sure it will be in the other books.  I’m weird that way.  Forgive me.  Also, let’s not forget the suspense element that runs throughout the book.  Perfection!

I highly recommend My Sister, Myself.  Powerful, poignant and beautifully written.  Slow building romance can be a downer for some readers but with Ben and Christine, it makes sense.  In fact, the sweetest of it just reminds me what romance is all about.  The friendship, the courtship and then the declaration.  🙂


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White Picket FencesWhite Picket Fences
(Shelter Valley Stories, #3)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 298 pages
June 21st 2002 by Harlequin Books

What’s missing in Miranda Parson’s life? Nothing, she thinks–until she meets handsome, caring veterinarian Zack Foster and discovers an intense desire that shakes her safe and familiar world. Trouble is, a heart-weary Zack prefers his romances short and sweet and isn’t looking for commitment to any woman. Yet the longing that ignited between them couldn’t be resisted for long. But for true love there needs to be true risk–so will Zack and Miranda’s quiet lives ever be the same again…?

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The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award, a five time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists. Tara is the past-president of Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker. In her spare time Tara likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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Tour Giveaway

GRAND PRIZE (to one winner):  An eBook set of books 5 through 14 of the Shelter Valley Stories (Just Around the Corner, Born In the Valley, Sheriff of Shelter Valley, Nothing Sacred, Somebody’s Baby, Sophie’s Secret, Full Contact, It’s Never Too Late, Second Time’s the Charm, and The Moment of Truth) – INT
Print books of the last three books in the Shelter Valley Stories (The Shelter Valley Scholarship books: It’s Never Too Late, Second Time’s the Charm, and The Moment of Truth) – US only to one winner
e-book set of Born in the Valley and Sheriff of Shelter Valley – INT to one winner
Ends September 25th

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