For The Children
by Marin Thomas

Harlequin Books S.A., 2007. ISBN 978-0-373-75188-4.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 02/05/2008

Fiction: Romance; Fiction: Multi_Cultural

Johanna (Jo) Macpherson is content with her life as a single mother and as a schoolteacher for the children of Heather's Hollow in the Appalachian Mountains. She is committed to the "clan ways" that have been part of life in Heather's Hollow for generations—original, earthy, unfettered ways of life for the Scotch-Irish inhabitants of this unique area.

Sullivan Mooreland of Seattle, Washington, is not so content with his life. Driven to find the elusive success and acceptance he desires, he has spent his adult years as an ambitious reporter. Believing that writing an attention-grabbing story will win him the award needed to earn the editor's position he covets, Sullivan heads to Heather's Hollow to find fabled bootlegger Lightening Jack.

When flatlander life collides with clan life, there is tension, humor, tenderness, stubbornness, and more than one change of heart—all culminating in a true feel-good story. Thomas brings her readers as close to clan life as most will ever come. She has captured the essence of this unique lifestyle with grace and dignity. She portrays the war waged in today's world between the old ways and the new generation's desire to step into the twenty-first century in a sensitive, yet realistic manner.

For the Children is the first in a series of books the author calls the Hearts of Appalachia series. Book number two (In a Soldier's Arms) will be available in February 2008, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of it. Thomas has a new fan!

Marin Thomas grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. On a basketball scholarship to the Univeristy of Missouri in Columbia, she took the first opportunity she had to escape "small town U.S.A." and persued a degree in journalism. While playing center for the Lady Wildcats at the University of Arizona at Tucson, she realized fiction-writing interested her. Thomas eventually earned a B.A. in radio-television and in May 2005, was inducted into the Janesville Sports Hall of Fame for her basketball accomplishments. She is married to a public relations specialist and has lived in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, New Jersey, and Illinois. Chicago is her current home. Even though she left small-town life at her first opportunity, that is exactly the topic she enjoys writing about most. For more information about the author and her books, visit her website.

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