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Entertaining but no cowboys, per se I was sad because this was not a cowboy story At least not in the sense that we are thinking of riding the plains, or rustling cattle.The story did take me by surprise as I did not realize it was a very long book On one hand I was frustrated because the beginning included a lot of detail and a very slow build up.But as we reach the middle of the book, the story starts winding up and we find ourselves in the middle of a marriage of convenience, a mystery pregnancy, and even a murder, the story got a lot interesting.Goodman is well known for her American tales of the west and her historical romance novels This particular story is book three in a series and while I ve never read any of the others, it was very easy to follow.Complex characters along with complex and interesting plot scenarios make this a story that is highly entertaining and very memorable You will definitely need to set aside time to absorb this book but be prepared to enjoy this unique historical western romance with a family saga twist copy received for reviewfull review A Touch of ForeverJo Goodman A Touch of Forever by Jo Goodman is book three in her Cowboys of Colorado series The author has done a good job of making this a standalone Lily Salt is a widow and mother of four Roen Shepard is an engineering surveyor for Northeast Rail Roen meets 12 year old Clay Salt and wants to hire him as his assistant, but first he must obtain permission from Clay s mother, Lily Roen and Lily form an unlikely friendship and eventually enter into a marriage of convenience Will Roen be able to convince Lily to turn their agreement into a real marriage A Touch of Forever is utterly entertaining The characters and plot are fully developed Humor abounds throughout This is a definite 5 out of 5 stars, and I eagerly await the next installment in the series My thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone. The story was nothing like I expected from the blurb but became so much as it developed Written back when the railroad was blazing trails across the country a single mother, leery of men meets a railroad surveyor construction engineer Slow building with lots of chemistry A Touch of Forever provides a great, heartfelt romance, family, friendship, betrayal and even a murder mystery I received this ARC copy of A Touch of Forever from Berkley Publishing Group This is my honest and voluntary review A Touch of Forever is set for publication June 4, 2019.My Rating 4 starsWritten by Jo GoodmanSeries The Cowboys of Colorado Book 3 Mass Market Paperback 416 pagesPublisher Berkley June 4, 2019 ISBN 10 0440000645ISBN 13 978 0440000648 Noble A TOUCH OF FOREVER is the best meet cute I ve read It s easy to root for this couple because they re adorable, and their flirting made me smile.Roen Shepard s family encouraged artistic talent, but his yearning is numbers That talent earned him an engineer surveyor position with Northeast Rail His calculations and negotiations pave the way for the railroad s expansion That s what brings him to Frost Falls.Widow Lily Salt and her four children do what they can to make ends meet Lily sews, and her oldest son Clay is an odd jobber Together, they mind the three younger children These children really add to the story with their quirky antics and conversations.From the very beginning, I was enchanted by Lily and Roen I don t remember ever reading a romance about a widow with four children as the heroine This was a pleasant surprise, especially that a man would even consider her Roen is smitten with Lily from first sight, and I loved that he didn t fear an instant family, but welcomed it I really enjoyed Lily s son Clay s interactions with Roen They re both ornery characters with fun loving hearts.Lily is peculiar, quiet, and not one to give an inch in relationships Her past makes her fearful of people in general, but she can t resist Roen His wit and persistence tear down Lily s walls By the end, we realize what makes Lily so standoffish and stubborn, but while she s pushing Roen away, it s hard to fathom why.Roen is not without insecurities, even though he hides them well Lily is a great companion whose attributes are exactly what Roen wants in a wife Getting them to the altar is convenient, but will they fall madly in love Roen is good friends with Ben, the sheriff and hero from book two, A TOUCH OF FLAME Ben and his doctor wife, Ridley, play an active role in this story This book easily stands on its own, but I like this couple so much that I can t wait to read their story The repartee between Ben and Roen is comical, proving they don t take life too seriously.Lily and Roen are adorable together Their dialogue and instincts toward one another are very enjoyable to witness They made me laugh because they re so darn cute.Part of the storyline involves fighting racism toward a young Chinese woman who works at Ben s mom s hotel restaurant She s pivotal to the plot but also has a charming romance brewing.Author Jo Goodman is very good at illustrating with her words I love her details, the way she describes the slightest movement and expression that tells a story as much as the dialogue This detail can seem like it slows the story down, but I never rush through it or skip it I love the nuance it gives the story, making it come alive visually Goodman is a master at using simple dialogue, short and sweet, sometimes with barbs, to engage the reader in her characters personalities I love that.Although a lot is happening in this book, you still get to stroll through the town with the characters and get a feel for what it was like to live in the West in 1901 I related to the characters, and they kept me entertained There is some suspense mixed in with a very macabre villain I don t remember his fate getting tied up completely, so I wonder if he ll influence a sequel That guy is creepy and I d love to know he got his due.A TOUCH OF FOREVER is unique in many ways, including the last chapter I love Goodman s style, and I can t wait to dig into my ever growing pile of her backlist Don t miss reading A TOUCH OF FROST, the first book in THE COWBOYS OF COLORADO series, my recommended read at Romance Junkies.Review by Dorine, courtesy of RomanceJunkies.com Digital and Print copy provided by the publisher for an honest review. I remembering thinking the preceding book in this series was charming This one is just as much so with just a tich heart.Lily Salt is a widower with four children We met her in the previous book A Touch of Flame where her story as a major subplot In this one she is living in the aftermath of her husband s death and trying to put behind her her dismal marriage.Roen Shepherd is a surveyor with the Railroad company who has come to town to work out the logistics of where is the best place to run the rail line through this town He is from back east and has a big, bohemian, artsy family some of whom are famous enough to even be known this far out west.The two enter into a marriage of convenience after the rich,spoiled ex mistress of Roen s lets him know she is on her way to get her man At first I was a little exasperated when this development was introduced in the story because I basically hate OW drama But the way it played out the character s drama was largely contained to an initial confrontation with Roen and being an asshole to people in the town Her presence didn t interfere in any way in the growing regard between Roen and Lily because their MOC was based on a foundation of truth and trust Lily knew everything about the ex because Roen was upfront from the beginning.In fact the stuff with the ex felt almost like a minor annoyance, since the author allowed the story between Roen and Lily to really concentrate on moving the MOC to a marriage in truth The two banter and spar expertly They smile at each other in delight as they begin to really enjoy each other s company Roen takes measured baby steps with Lily because he begins to suspect the truth of her previous marriage I also liked the kids They each had a defined personality and they were charming, smart and funny to boot I liked how Roen had a different relationship with each child and we saw how they also began to regard him as a father as his relationship with Lily grew stronger.There is a nice b plot romance between Fedora, a Chinese immigrant who works in the hotel as a waitress and Hitch, the town deputy They have to overcome prejudices and some real menace toward Fedora But it is a really sweet romance that unfolds nicely.Many of the townspeople who populated the previous books are also characters in this one and round out the story.In the end the story ends satisfactorily for all people involved and a couple of bad characters get their comeuppance.I listened on audio and the narrator, Laurel Lefkow read the book superbly She had a nice light, humorous cast to her storytelling that gave the book it s light and humorous feel in all the right places. This is my first book by Jo Goodman and while I don t read cowboy romances often, the blurb and cover of this one intrigued me While this third book in the Cowboys of Colorado series doesn t focus on a cowboy, per se, it is set in early 1900 s Colorado and I didn t have any problems with following along.Roen is an engineer mathematician working to expand the railway, which takes him to Frost Falls There he meets a precocious boy whose mother is a widow with 4 kids by the way, I can t even imagine being a single mother in those days Lily and her children have had a traumatic life, so everyone in town is concerned about the stranger who is spending time with them.There is a lot going on in this lengthy story and the first part of the book is beefy with tons of details character details, scenery details, mechanical details a lot of details Some slowed the story down, but by the middle things start picking up speed.Having said all of that, I enjoyed Roen and Lily s story It s slow burning, has cute kids, and feels like a modern small town romance with all of the gossips and busy bodies, and has a surprise stalker There is quite a journey that takes place for all of the characters, but it was one that I appreciated for the compassion and care that was taken with it Now that I ve read the third book, I am curious about the others in the series and will be checking them out soon ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. Purchase US Kobo Apple Books Nook For reviews, visit |READ KINDLE ⚆ A Touch of Forever (Cowboys of Colorado #3) ☿ A Marriage Of Convenience Turns Into A Sweetly Seductive Love Off The Rails Romance In The Latest Cowboys Of Colorado Novel From USA Today Bestselling Author Jo GoodmanLily Salt Has Sworn Off Men After Finally Gaining Her Independence, The Last Thing She Needs Is Another Man Telling Her What To Do But The Handsome Railroad Engineer From New York Isn T At All What She Expected He S Kind, Gentleand Tempting Enough To Make Her Wonder What A Second Chance At Love Might Be WorthA Self Acknowledged Black Sheep, Roen Shepard Knows What It Means To Feel Alone Recognizing A Kindred Spirit In The Reserved Widow Whose Fascinating Blue Green Eyes Have Seen Too Much, And Charmed By The Warmth Of Her Ready Made Family, The Two Begin An Unlikely FriendshipWhen A Complication From His Past Follows Him To Frost Falls, Roen Proposes A Mad Scheme To Protect The New Life He S Built And Keep Close The Stubborn Woman He S Accidentally Fallen For A Marriage Of Convenience But Lily Has Secrets Of Her Own, And The Closer He Gets To Uncovering Them, The He Comes To Realize That The Only Truth That Matters Is The Secret To Unlocking Her Heart I always enjoy Jo Goodmans western historicals This story is similar to the last one in many ways but I really enjoyed seeing Lily and her children find happiness In the last book things were pretty grim for them. 4.25 stars Really loved seeing Lily finally get her HEA with a decent man And Hitch is coming into his own too Looking forward to the next one already. A bit slow the in first half But still very enjoyable I have always loved JG s funny dialogues.