Judith is the author of The Sacred Women’s Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual practices that nourish the soul and celebrates the journey from relationship to romance.
One of my favorite authors is Grace Burrowes. I’ve lost myself for many hours in her historical romance novels. Imagine my surprise when Genre-ista M.L. Buchman talked about a joint project he’d done with Ms. Burrowes!
Big Sky Ever After is a Montana Romance duet. Matt’s book is Nathan’s Big Sky. I loved the story of a New York City chef ending up at a ranch in Montana. Culture shock and much more. As a reader my warning is “Don’t read Nathan’s Big Sky” on an empty stomach!
Ms. Burrowes’ Tartan Two Step has a culture shock of another kind. Magnus Cromarty travels from Scotland to Montana to check out a Phenom in the world of whisky brewing. Little does he know that the young woman he picks up at the bar is who he’s looking for.
One of the reasons I wanted to read these two stories is because I’ve enjoyed both authors’ earlier books. However, I especially wanted to read more of Ms. Burrowes contemporary romances. While I learned more than I ever knew I wanted to know about whisky distilling, in Ms. Burrowes SweetestKisses series, set in Maryland her background as a family law attorney is put to good use.
Because of my own background in child protective services I was particularly aware of how she portrayed the system that is in place to protect young people. In the child’s best interest was a concept that gained momentum during my years working in the CPS system. And Judge Jean Lewis, one of our circuit court judges, was known nationally for her work in using the “in the child’s best interest” standard in juvenile/dependency court.
I’ve completed the first three Sweetest Kisses books and am looking forward to reading the next and even more of Ms. Burrowes' contemporary romance. Not that I won't be spending time with her historical romance novels. I can see my keeper shelf holding more and more of Ms. Burrowes stories!
My caveat is this: there are child protective services workers who are conscientious, compassionate and genuinely care about the children in their caseloads. They do look at what the child wants and what is in that child’s best interest. However, I truly do understand and appreciate that if that CPS worker showed up in Ms. Burrowes’ stories, conflict and drama would be lost.
The reality is there are CPS workers as portrayed by Ms. Burrowes and there are also attorneys who do the easiest not necessarily the best for their young clients. For some attorneys working in family law or juvenile court is beneath them, drudgery, a thankless duty. I’m grateful Ms. Burrowes portrays lawyering in a child’s best interest as a higher calling. Making a positive difference in a child’s life only makes our society and our country stronger.
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