Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Roberts Brings Back the MacKade Brothers

The MacKade Brothers: Rafe And Jared: The Return Of Rafe MacKade\The Pride Of Jared MacKade
Author: Nora Roberts
Series Connection: The MacKade Brothers
ISBN: 978-0373285754


The Return of Rafe MacKade--Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has returned. Cleaned up and successful now—and still dangerously good-looking—Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire, and tongues wagging.

Lovely newcomer Regan Jones is intrigued—what kind of man could cause this sort of talk? She's just about to find out.…

The Pride of Jared MacKade--He was a man who stood for something, and never turned his back on a fight. So when Jared MacKade's work as an attorney brought him up against Savannah Morningstar, her rude behavior and strong defenses weren't going to stop him.

Savannah was the type of woman who defeated odds brutally stacked against her. And once he got to know her, Jared was determined to be the man to stand beside her in the fight.

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Her official fan website, A Day Without French Fries (ADWOFF) has over 8,000 registered members.

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My View on this book:

Originally written in 1995, the MacKade Brothers' series followed four brothers from the battle ground fictional city of Antietam, Maryland. Over 100 years ago Antietam was a famous battleground during the Civil War. I was so intrigued after reading the first MacKade book that I actually looked up the information on the battle ground. If you are interested in history and like ghosts The Return of Rafe MacKade is a great book to check out. Rafe has come back to Antietam to turn an old Civil War era home into a Inn. He enlists the help of, Regan, an antique dealer, in making sure that all the furniture and decorations are all within the Civil War period. Regan loves the idea of helping with the project and can't help to be a little interested in the handsome Rafe.

Along the way there are ghosts, a abusive husband of a friend and some cute kids. The story is quick paced and fun.

Book two in the series, The Pride of Jared MacKade also takes place at the same local. Although, Jared has moved into the city where he is a lawyer he still spends a lot of time with his three brothers back in Antietam. He helps on the family farm and spends time at the local pool hall. Doing a favor for a friend he has agrees to deliver a letter to Savannah, who just happens to be a neighbor of his family's farm. Savannah isn't receptive to any news from her father who threw her out after she became pregnant. She definitely doesn't like lawyers, and especially not sheriff's like Jared's brother.

It takes a while, but Jared works to push away Savannah's defenses. Along the way the ghost story started in Rafe's story continues. This whole series is worth a read if you haven't already done so. All four books are fast paced and although the ghost story might be a matter of Nora's imagination the information about the battle field is interesting.

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