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Review: Russell’s Return

Russell's Return
Russell’s Return by JJ Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Russell’s Return in the first book in a new series by authors TA and JJ Ellis. This husband and wife team have once again created characters that are dimensional and likeable. Russell and Emily, along with all the brothers, are people that I could see myself sitting down and having lunch with. I also really enjoy seeing glimpses of characters from the Sunset Destiny series. The families tie together so nicely!

That said, the story itself is about a son reluctantly returning home to Harper’s Rock, Wyoming with his troubled daughter in tow. He starts off as being so cynical and resentful, but we watch him learn to let go of the past and start to heal. It helps that he is reacquainted with Emily, who is now working as the school counselor where his daughter Miranda attends school. She teaches Russell how to trust and how to love again, and she also discovers how to help Miranda. I love the authors’ portrayal of Miranda as well. We learn that she has Asperger syndrome, and the writers have done a very good job explaining her and also detailing how Russell and Emily can help her.

I recommend this read as a feel-good romance, with just enough added to suspense to make the story seem to fly by. I really look forward to reading both Logan’s Leap and Dylan’s Desire.

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