LoRee Peery writes Christian romance, where characters learn through spiritual struggles how to come to terms with the Lord’s will. She is a country girl who attempts to see God’s presence every day. That glimpse often comes as a gift from nature. LoRee is most relaxed in the outdoors.
ABOUT SAGE & SWEETGRASS:
Diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating illness, Lanae Petersen vows to pursue life to its fullest. When she discovers mysterious love letters hidden within an antique desk, she begins a quest to discover who the young lovers were.
Little does she realize that in trying to bring closure to their lives, hers will be turned upside-down.
After the death of his wife, cowboy Sage Diamond wants to be left alone on his acreage in peace and anonymity. When Lanae approaches him with letters to a family member, she not only threatens to expose his family secrets, but also stirs something inside him that he neither expects, nor welcomes.
Sage fights his attraction, determined not to fall for a woman whose health is so fragile. Can Sage trust God's guiding hand, or will his fear of losing another love crush his chance for a future with Lanae?EXCERPT:
The sky was clear and enormous where it met the horizon. The whinny of horses carried up from a pasture on the other side of the barn. The acreage represented everything she loved about being outside the city limits. Expanse, horses, a sprinkling of trees in the distance…God’s country.
When she caught sight of the cowboy, the vision was complete.
She sighed. Home. How crazy. She felt like she’d come home.
The cowboy rounded the corner of the wood-sided barn that she guessed to be sixty feet long. He loped in the loose way of a man comfortable on the back of a horse.
And she enjoyed every step as he approached.
He even tipped the brim of his hat. “Mornin’. You Lanae?”
Wow was the only thing she could think to say. But she kept it to herself.
Her mouth went dry.
His nose was bent, just off to the right of center. He had a full bottom lip, thinner upper, all accented by what she supposed was a year-round tan. Myriad facial lines gave testimony to a life lived outdoors.
She cleared her throat, mustered up some moisture for her vocal chords in order to answer, “That I am.”
When he drew close enough, Lanae was dumbfounded at the impact of his eyes. They were an unbelievable piercing blue with a hint of lavender.
“Did you have any trouble finding the place?” Sage spoke in an unhurried manner.
Lanae wondered if he felt rushed about anything. She started to open the door.
“You always leave your car running?” A hint of amusement tugged at his mouth.
Oops. She turned the key. Great first impression.
He held the door.
Still caught in the lavender blue of his eyes, shadowed now from his hat, Lanae swallowed what felt like the chaff of an August hayfield.
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What I love about reading a series is following the lives and loves of those we've met previously.
Like most series entries, Sage & Sweetgrass stands on its own as a wonderful and fulfilling book, but it will, I believe, leave you yearning to catch up with Moselle and Eric, and Rainn and Geneve from Mosell's Insurance and Rainn on My Parade. Sage & Sweetgrass is the third installment of Peery's Frivolities series, which revolves around the lives and loves of the woman who run this unique antique, gifts and coffee shop.
Lanae Peterson is on the rebound after an illness, and looking for love in the classifieds. Instead, she comes upon an advertisement for an oak dressing table for sale. Intrigued, thinking it would make a wonderful addition to the store, she makes an appointment to see the item.
That's when her life, and heart, crosses with that of Sage Diamond.
Sage is a widow, just like Lanae, having lost his wife to a battle with illness that leaves him wary of falling in love with a woman who isn't functioning at 100% - and, since Lanae has recovered from Hepatitis C, he plays his attraction to her very cool, yet in terms that are undeniable as the reader falls into the story and cheers them on.
The tender voice, and loving romance of Sage & Sweetgrass won me over completely. LoRee is a deft writer, skilled at immersing her readers into the depths of both setting and plot. I highly recommend this heart-touching story!!