Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: A Port in the Storm
Author: Judy Genandt
Publisher: Five Star
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1885/Wyoming Territory
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Judy's Website/Blog: www.judygenandt.com
Margaret Ward was forced to leave her pampered life because her reputation had been tarnished. With no choice in the matter, her father ships her off to a long-time friend’s ranch, the Lazy R to be the teacher of their small community. One thing that Margaret has learned is that Boston is a lot different than Wyoming but she’s determined to make the best of it and be the best teacher that Winchester has ever seen.
The Randall’s have accepted Margaret as part of their family which helps her adjust to her new life. David Randall, the oldest son is captivated with Margaret and sets out to win her over. Margaret is mildly flattered but really holds no strong feelings for David. Now Tee Spencer, the ranch foreman, is another story.
Clumsiness seems to follow Margaret and every time it follows her, so does Tee Spencer. He seems to be around at the most inopportune times which stir up Margaret’s emotions. It infuriates her that Tee seems find her at the worst possible moment but though Margaret is embarrassed, among other things, Tee does get her out of a few spots.
Margaret’s wild emotions and Tee’s southern laid-back attitude make a friction that soon turns from fury to love and caring passion for each other though both are holding back. Tee doesn’t think there is anything he can offer Margaret, used to the life-style she was; besides there seemed to be a beau back east that she was enthralled with.
Tee’s past was rough after the war, he felt lost and alone. When he found the Lazy R and the Randall’s he knew he was "home". The Lazy R seems to be both Margaret and Tee’s "port in the storm". Margaret has changed but will she be able to convince Tee that she doesn’t care about her old life-style and plans to stay in Wyoming? Can Tee make Margaret believe that he’s the best man for her? Who IS this so-called beau from Boston?
A Port in the Storm is a romance mixed with chafing emotions and a little mystery and intrigue that set the stage for strong, determined, independent characters. Margaret and Tee are the perfect opposites which set the emotions flying. The mix of characters gives the story a well-roundedness that offers the reader a wealth of entertainment.
Ms Genandt’s writing style is very detailed, which sometimes distracted me from what was happening in certain scenes. Even at that, I recommend you step back in time with Margaret and Tee; their story will keep your interest while being well entertained.
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