Review: Maddie’s Choice – Joyce Zeller
For as long as she can remember, Maddie Taylor has wanted nothing more than to write books to her heart’s content. It’s the only thing that keeps her sane. She’s good at writing romance novels, and does her best to engage her readers. Bringing new worlds to life is something that never gets old for her, until the moment she develops writer’s block. It’s then that everything changes.
Maddie’s world is further turned topsy-turvy when she discovers that the late Jonah Spartman has left her half of his Arkansas cattle ranch. In her mind, his doing so is just what she needs to kickstart her brain, and get the writing flowing again. Granted, she doesn’t quite understand as to why he willed her half of the ranch to begin with. Never-the-less, it’s a blessing in disguise. One she aims to make the most of.
Arriving at her new destination, Maddie soon realizes that life on a ranch is far from what she’s used to. Not to mention, that everyone sees her as some sort of threat. Determined to not let her current obstacles bring her down, she dives head-first into the situation. Her goal is to make everyone see that she’s not the bad woman they’ve made her out to be.
As her life starts taking on a different turn, Maddie comes to accept the changes cropping up around her. She can definitely get used to living on a ranch, most especially when there’s so many nice people around to share her life with. Yet there’s one thing she never counted on. Gideon Spartman makes her feel things she never felt before. Things she wants so desperately to experience, even though she won’t admit that to herself. Still, there’s something about him that draws her interest, and she’s intent on finding out just what it is before she ends up going back home once her time in the country is said and done.
A heart-warming story, Maddie’s Choice is one of those books that will make its way deep into your heart. Wound with such emotion, Joyce has created a story that definitely captures the reader’s interest. We’re thrust in Maddie’s turbulent world as she tries to make sense of who and what she is. The character’s plights are certainly believable, and the feelings injected throughout the story pour off the page. I enjoyed the story very much, and look forward to more of Joyce’s stories soon enough.
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Romance writer Maddie Taylor is fed up with New York City. She is getting nowhere with her latest manuscript and does not believe true love exists outside of her imagination. When a friend, Jonah Spartman, dies and wills her half of his Arkansas cattle ranch, she sees the chance for a new beginning. Jonah has also left behind two orphaned great-grandsons desperate for affection and an accounting book in the red.
The other half of the failing ranch belongs to Gideon Spartman, Jonah’s grandson, who believes all capacity for love was torn from him during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Rugged and sexy, Gideon is the enthralling physical manifestation of the hero in Maddie’s current manuscript. He is far from happy to be sharing an inheritance that is rightfully his. As she senses the need behind Gideon’s rough and unwelcoming exterior, Maddie acknowledges her own yearning for love and family.
Jonah’s will requires Maddie to stay on the ranch for three months. When that time is up, will she return to her comfortable but emotionally barren existence or embrace the challenges of her new life, which include cattle rustlers and drug dealers? Maddie’s choice proves to be far from simple.
About The Author:
Joyce Zeller has written articles for a magazine and a cooking column for a chain of suburban newspapers north of Chicago. She has written five books and published two, The Hidden History of Eureka Springs, and Accidental Alien, a work of science fiction, both available on Amazon. Her short story, “Love is a Seed,” is featured in Embrace: A Romance Collection, (2012 Goldmine Press).
Joyce has served in the United States Army. As a professional perfumer (School of Perfumery, London, England) and an aroma-therapist, she made custom fragrances in her store. Her creation, Mountain Air, was declared the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Fragrance in 1965. Her latest achievement was getting elected as Alderman to the Eureka Springs City Council.
Maddie’s Choice is a romance with her favorite theme, that being human is a lonely business, but for everyone there is somebody to love. It’s a matter of finding them. There will always be kids and animals in her books, and always, humor, “because life without humor is unthinkable.”
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