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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Bertie is the story of a woman who has been beaten by a stranger and is afraid of life ... until she spends the summer at Nash’s Folly and becomes part of a large, caring family and meets the man of her dreams. Riley is running from memories he would like to forget and finds himself in Pendleton; the owner of a ranch and neighbor to Nash Folly. Garrett Nash quickly welcomes him to the community, offers him a job, and helps him in any way that he can. Bertie and Riley are drawn toward each other and each senses the sadness in the other. The story concentrates on the loving friendship that develops between the two, despite the influence of Nik (Aundy and Garrett’s adopted son), who also finds Bertie beautiful, warm hearted, and a delight to be around. Even Riley’s strange mule, Steve, has come to love Bertie. We are fortunate enough to spend time with all of our old friends from the previous Pendleton Petticoat series, and their growing families.
Bertie follows in the lovable, historical fiction style that we have come to expect when reading a Shanna Hatfield story. The series is wonderful and each book is a stand-alone gem. I have so enjoyed reading each and every one and am anxiously awaiting book seven. I was drawn into the pages of Bertie and shared in her feelings, both the happy and the sad, as though she were alive and talking with me. I highly recommend Bertie, as well as all of the series. Romance and historical, old time western living are all a part of Bertie. There is also a delicious sounding recipe for chocolate brownies that I am anxious to try. I highly recommend Bertie; it is a five-star winner and you won’t be disappointed.