Shifting Calder Wind
ISBN: 0821772236 Global Overview for this book
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Dailey, veteran author of more than 100 romance novels, seven of which belong to the Calder family saga (Green Calder Grass, etc.), adds another immensely readable installment to this two-decades-old series. At the novel's outset, patriarch Chase Calder is shot and presumed dead while on a business trip in Texas. The incident leaves Chase with a mild head wound and a case of amnesia. The only people he feels he can trust are the man who saved him, a mysterious cowboy named Laredo Smith, and Laredo's mother, Hattie, who is a registered nurse. When Laredo learns Chase's identity from the hotel where Chase had been staying, he packs Hattie and Chase in his truck and heads to the Triple C Ranch in Montana, where Chase's "funeral" is underway. There he forms an alliance with Chase's widowed daughter-in-law, Jessy, and they make plans to stash Chase away in an old line-shack on the ranch until he regains his memory or until Laredo unmasks Chase's shooter. Although Dailey's prose is occasionally awkward ("In swift reaction, he came to full alertness"), readers can count on the usual dose of romance between Laredo and Jessy, as well as the reappearance of countless characters from previous Calder books-including spiteful Tara Calder, colorful Culley O'Rourke and Sheriff Logan Echohawk.
Chase still doesn't remember who shot him but feels he can only trust Jessy, his daughter-in-law. Laredo and Chase decide to 'keep' Chase dead while they investigate who wants him gone. By keeping Jessy in the loop but not his daughter Cat, there are a number of arguments and fights between the two with Tara, Jessy's dead husband's first wife always getting a few licks in.
There are some definite sparks between Jessy and Laredo which I hope are developed in latter books and of course another major character is killed off. This was a good book but there is certainly a lot of murder around Calder ranch and I would hope to see more than one reach old age.