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About the Book
Fame gave her a reason to hide. Can anyone unlock her guarded heart?
Reality star ADDISON LEWIS had the perfect life in LA. Or so she thought. After her fiancé betrays her she’s left with one option. Escape. But is anywhere safe from the relentless paparazzi?
LOGAN HART is caught off guard when a mysterious young woman becomes stranded at his family’s ranch. Past heartbreak makes him reluctant to let anyone close, but the city girl’s amusing antics draw them together.
While two lonely hearts collide and secrets loom on the horizon, could God be orchestrating something miraculous behind the scenes?
Escaping Reality is the first in Skatvold’s new Hart Ranch romantic fiction series, and it reads much like a Hallmark movie. The reader is drawn in to the story from the first paragraph. This page-turner begins as feisty newly-blonde heiress/actress Addison Lewis is rescued by a ruggedly-handsome blue-eyed stranger on horseback. Although they successfully navigate a treacherous return to “civilization,” Addison and her hero (aka Logan Hart) do not have a harmonious beginning to their time together.
Expecting to spend her time with R & R at a luxurious resort/spa, Addison instead winds up on a working ranch where she meets the Hart family and discovers a depth of honesty and relationship she’d not previously known. Her personal transformation continues with a close-encounter of the Jesus kind.
Rachel Skatvold does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the dynamics of the push-pull of character interaction as well as the inner workings of self-discovery for each character. Although the subjects of faith, salvation and family values are woven throughout the story, they are handled gently as each character individually comes to terms with their own faith and commitment.
All in all, I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to enjoying the next book in the new Hart Ranch series! A 5 of 5 stars! Thank you, Rachel Skatvold for this fun read!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
About the Author
Rachel Skatvold is an inspirational author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance, devotions, encouraging blogs. Rachel has just finished her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas and is now working on her first full length novel, Enduring the Flames. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons.
Guest Post from Rachel Skatvold
Have you ever needed to escape?
Every year my husband and I plan our summer vacation several months in advance. We hardly ever plan anything lavish or expensive. Most of the time we just hook up our camper, load our kids and family dog in the truck and head to a state park for our “escape.” Some of our most treasured family times have been enjoyed without television, electronics or other luxuries. It’s refreshing to leave the noise of the city for a while and enjoy a nice walk in the woods or a quiet night roasting marshmallows over a campfire. It gives us time to rest and appreciate the simple blessings that God has given us.
If someone ever needed to escape, it’s Addison Lewis. From the outside it seemed like she had it all; fame, fortune and a handsome and successful fiancé. However, when her dreams of a happy future come crashing down Addison flees her home in LA and ends up stranded at a dude ranch in the Montana wilderness. There she meets a handsome young rancher named Logan and his family. Will the Hart family’s faith and simple ways help Addison discover God’s true purpose for her life?
Escaping Reality is inspired by Mathew 11:28 which says, “…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” This theme verse is prevalent throughout the story because Addison is searching for a refuge that will provide peace and rest from her stressful lifestyle. However, in the end she discovers that the peace and rest she’s looking for is not a physical destination but a condition of the heart.
Addison and Logan’s story was one of my favorites to write because of Addie’s spunky personality (not to mention her tendency to fall into mud puddles J) and Logan’s courage during hard times. This story might make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears but most of all I hope it inspires you to recognize and appreciate God’s simple blessings. Happy reading, friends and I hope you enjoy reading Escaping Reality.
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