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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
When you’re a waitress in a dead-end Midwestern town and you find out you've inherited a ranch, what have you got to lose? Kody Monroe learns the answer to that question is an adamant “not much.” Broke, divorced and depressed Kody heads to her newly acquired Montana ranch, figuring the universe has finally answered her calls for relief and a break. Kody is curious about many things, including who is responsible for her recent streak of good luck, who is buried in the solitary grave and is ranch foreman Jake Shannon the man from her dreams? Edge of a Dream is a well-written yet gritty tale of loneliness, love and second chances. Diane Brandow has a knack for plain-speaking characters full of depth.
From the first few lines of Edge of a Dream, I was pretty well hooked. Initially, Kody seems to be a bit of a whiner, but before long you learn that with her run of bad luck, including the death of her parents and a divorce, it’s a wonder she’s not wallowing more. But it is really her interactions with Jake that make this story so compelling. At first, they are so tentative with one another, circling to feel each other out and spot any signs warning of a future broken heart. Add into this amazing story a long-lost family and a no-good ex-husband and it’s the stuff of a story you won’t be able to stop reading until the last page. Diane Brandow paints a sad tale of Kody’s life before the Montana ranch, but as the story unfolds she gives us all hope that second chances are not only possible, but truly amazing.