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New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2019.
245 pages ; 22 cm.
9781496711946 (hardback)
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Author Notes
Janet Dailey was born on May 21, 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa. She was a romance writer, who wrote over 150 books during her lifetime. Her works include No Questions Asked, the Calder series, the Americana series, and Merry Christmas, Cowboy. In 1993, she received the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. She died on December 14, 2013 at the age of 69. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Alison (Female), Married, Stepmother, Struggles to save her marriage to a widower
Emotional trauma
Married women
First loves
Missouri - Midwest (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Dailey's middling contemporary set in Branson, Mo., invites a third person into Allison and Burke Caldwell's marriage: his deceased wife, Kate. Six years into Allison and Burke's marriage, Allison is still treated as a trophy wife by Burke's friends and resented by her college-age stepdaughter, Brianna. Her coping ability is further reduced after Burke is hospitalized following a car crash. Burke admits that his business is failing and he's been a negligent husband, and he urges Allison to divorce him, but Allison hardly considers that option, even when Burke calls out for Kate in his sleep. Instead, Allison's discovery of Kate's old letters to Burke help her to realize that their marriage wasn't perfect either, which sparks Allison's interest in better understanding what caused the increasingly suspicious crash. Dailey sensitively writes about the difficulties faced by a young second wife trying to find her place among her husband's established relationships. Most of Burke and Allison's exchanges are stressful and combative, making it hard to see what makes them click as a couple, and their love story is secondary even to a subplot about Brianna finding love of her own. Though the novel is billed as a romance, Dailey focuses on Allison's growth in a way that will feel familiar to readers of women's fiction, who are the best audience for this lukewarm story. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

Allison is struggling to find her place in the established life of her new husband, Burke, and his 19-year-old daughter, Brianna. Burke's friends constantly compare Allison to his beloved late wife, Kate, and Brianna sees her stepmother as the wicked witch of the west. After a terrible car accident, Burke is left helpless in the hospital, and his company is in turmoil. During this crisis, Allison stumbles upon letters from Kate, which she reads in the hope of gaining insight and finding a way to create a happy future with Burke. Can Allison rise to the challenge, find her place with this stubborn man, and keep her new family together? Dailey gives readers a steadily paced novel showcasing the harsh realities that many second marriages undergo. The detailed character development shines through the somewhat convoluted plot, adding nuance to the contemporary romance. Fans of Susan Wiggs and Debbie Macomber will enjoy the third in Dailey's New Americana series, which emphasizes that family struggles can be overcome, and love will always prevail.--Shoshana Frank Copyright 2019 Booklist
In the rugged Ozarks of beautiful Branson, Missouri, a woman struggles to save her marriage--and finds answers from an unexpected source . . . <br> <br> Allison felt like she'd stepped into a fairy tale when she married widower Burke Caldwell. But after less than a year of marriage, he's become removed and distant. His friends see Allison as little more than a trophy wife, his only daughter regards her as the enemy. With everyone so devoted to the memory of Burke's first wife, Kate, how can Allison possibly compete? Then a harrowing car crash leaves Burke badly injured. But it becomes achingly clear that the woman Burke wants by his side is the wife he lost . . . No longer able to dismiss the power Kate still holds, Allison can't resist reading a trove of hidden letters from Kate to Burke. What she discovers sets her mind reeling. The letters give Allison an enlightening window into her husband's heart. But will she have the courage to put aside her own fears, and grab hold of a love as big and bold as the man she once dared to marry? Praise for Janet Dailey and her bestselling novels "Fans of Dailey's sweet, small-town romances are sure to delight in this story of second chances and new beginnings." -- RT Book Reviews on Just a Little Christmas<br> <br> "Dailey is one of my favorite authors for western romances, and Sunrise Canyon did not disappoint." --Romance Junkies on Sunrise Canyon<br> <br> "Wonderful." -- Cowgirl Magazine on Sunrise Canyon<br> <br> "Dailey confirms her place as a top megaseller." <br> -- Kirkus Reviews on Calder Pride
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