"Welcome to a crazy eccentric town."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted July 5, 2015
Susan Mallery has conjured up a crazy eccentric amazing
town I think all of us would like to at least visit and
dare I say most of us wouldn't find living there
objectionable. Fool's Gold is rich with history,
tradition and folk lore. There is even an element of the
unknown. But true to type all residents of Fool's Gold
are content and happy.
The interesting thing about Fool's Gold is that no matter
where you came from -- your past stays in the past unless
for some reason it comes for one of those previously
mentioned visits. Susan Mallery constructed this town
well. It has great substance and community spirit but
most important is that it is almost like a family. There
hasn't ever been a situation where one of the Fool's Gold
residence needed help and had to handle it alone.
There is no alone in Fool's Gold and well most times that
is well received -- that is not always the case.
Kipling Gilmore is in Fool's Gold at the invite of its
amazing Mayor Marsha. Mayor Marsha pops up quite
frequently in this series and usually at a crucial time
with just the remedy. A little bit of witchcraft you
might think but the characters in Mallery's imagination
are very real. Kipling is recuperating from a career
ending injury and now heads up a search and rescue group.
The town has become quite the tourist attraction and
along with the padding to the town coffers comes issues
of safety. The undeveloped areas of the town are gorgeous
and attract hikers of all abilities. Kipling's group is
often called when someone has wondered where they
Destiny Mills is part of a team that sets up elaborate
search and rescue maps. They research the area and then
personally hike through the territory that their software
will help rescue teams find the missing quickly and
Destiny arrives in town with her half-sister and candidly
isn't sure what their future looks like. She hadn't known
her sister and yet now is responsible for making
important decision on her behalf. Problem is that Destiny
has a kind of nomadic lifestyle. She goes where her work
is needed. Doesn't have a home life and at this point
doesn't miss it.
But change is good and at times even the most stubborn
person has to relent and accept change.
For Kipling he reluctantly gets caught up in Destiny's
rather crazy life. He just can't help but lend his two
cents even when not welcome. As for Destiny she too has
to face the reality of her life choices. At times it is
easy to select your path. At other times family is the
driving force. Regardless of how it happens you will
either chase down your future or as in Destiny's case run
Fool's Gold offers possibilities -- it is now up to
Destiny to decide whether to keep running or embrace the
Susan Mallery has written a large number of stories based
in this wonderful town. Each story gathers in bits and
pieces from previous works which is endearing and fans of
Mallery look forward to these tidbits. HOLD ME will
introduce you to some newcomers and these characters are
going to appear in each of the following two books in
this subseries -- Kiss Me and Thrill Me. I rarely miss the
chance to lose myself in a Mallery story and these books
are delightful examples of why. I would try to read them
in order although as with other Mallery books they mix up
Learn more about Hold Me
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's classic
blend of lighthearted humor and intense emotional
works its magic on two newcomers to the California town
Fool's Gold, which Library Journal calls "a setting so
and appealing readers will want to start scoping out real
Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the
lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous.
After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants
life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore
isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold
and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the
former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to
go for once-the rest is terrified what'll happen if she
Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives
thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like
would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new
cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever
With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like
skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have
be willing to fall.
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