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Marriage at Circle M by Donna Alward


Marriage at Circle M cover art Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Marriage at Circle M
Author: Donna Alward
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
ISBN: 0373039786
Release Date: September 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day - Canada
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None (one brief fist fight)
Donna's Website: www.donnaalward.com

Grace Lundquist and Mike Gardner share a past. They grew up together, they dated for a time. Then he left without a word. In her confusion and hurt she rushed into marriage with another, which ended with disastrous results.

Now years later he’s back and showing interest in her again. Something she should be overjoyed with. However, Grace is sure nothing can ever come of the attraction and fights it and him at every turn. Her deeply buried secret would change his desire for her. It’s not something she’s going to risk. She’d rather have his friendship than not to have him in her life at all.

Mike’s confused. Grace is giving off mixed signals. He knows there’s something special between them; he knows she feels it, too. He’s changed. He’s willing to put his pain, his past behind him. If only he could get past the sadness and pain he sees in her eyes.

Some things are more powerful than Grace’s painful secret and Mike’s past. Things such as love and healing. Hopefully they’ll see that before it’s too late.

This is a warm and sweet love story full of confusing and conflicting emotions. Donna Alward creates characters to empathize with. They creep under your skin until you want to shake them, then turn around and hug them.

Marriage at Circle M is more than a quick read. It’s a story to be enjoyed on a rainy afternoon, at the beach, any time.


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