CALDER PRIDE by Janet Dailey

CALDER PRIDE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dailey confirms her place as a top megaseller in her fifth roundup with the Calder family on the Triple C Ranch, home of the Calder Cattle Company, which she abandoned some 15 years ago (Calder Born, Calder Bred, etc.). Her sentence-stuffing, wordspinning excesses, though, are hardly an improvement over romance hackers of a century past (—Logan picked up the receiver on the old rotary dial phone and depressed the cradle’s disconnect button, silencing the irritating beep——i.e., Logan hung up the phone). Dailey asks a question early in the novel that readers will know the answer to long before heroine Cat Calder does. Cat is engaged to marry Repp before she finishes college, but Repp is killed instantly in a car accident with drunken Rollie, one of the story’s heavies. The death leaves Cat “with a gaping emptiness in her life she didn—t think she could endure.” But she does, vowing to avoid this pain forever and never to marry. So when sturdy, gray-eyed Logan Echohawk comes into her life for an overnighter, then departs, Cat chooses to raise their issue, gray-eyed Quint, on her own and as a Calder. Years pass, and when Logan returns as a sheriff, the melodrama deepens. Cat resists every feeling that might make her break her vow to long-lost Repp. Will she ever surrender again to Logan Echohawk and give Quint a father? Get serious. With 300 million copies of her books in print, would Dailey dare to create her first heartbroken reader?

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-06-017699-7
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1999




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