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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Guitars and Gardenias: A Country Western Love Story Thriller is a contemporary romantic suspense novel written by Sierra Ann Hill. Matson Daley is a country western singer who's become famous singing his father's songs and wants to start making his own music. His audience is filled with adoring female fans, but Daley's been sought after by women and girls since he was in high school, including a one-time dancing lesson partner who's developed a dangerous obsession. Leah is in the music profession and hadn't known the man existed until she happened to catch one of his videos on television. While she didn't particularly like country music, she was instantly attracted to the singer. Their meeting was momentous for them both, but Leah is steeling herself for an inevitable heartbreak when she tells him about her physical condition.
Sierra Ann Hill's romantic suspense novel, Guitars and Gardenias, is a well-written and very enjoyable sweet romance. It also opened my eyes to the challenges Parkinson's patients face every day of their lives. Leah became a shadow of her self after her diagnosis, and reading of her determination to start exercising and getting back to her old mindset was so inspirational. The Deep Brain Stimulation procedure Leah undergoes is fascinating, and Hill fluently incorporates the details into her story. Matson's stalkers are spooky and awful, and they kept this reader on edge as he was reading. The story of these two unlikely lovers, a sophisticated West Coast girl and a country boy, works on a number of levels, and I found myself cheering as they set off in his huge travel bus and rode around the countryside on their horses. Guitars and Gardenias is most highly recommended.