To be fair, she supposed the therapy had given her the base to face herself every single day. She plated the original order, turned to hand it to Joanie for inspection. When she walked into the mercantile, Mac was ringing up a sale at a short counter opposite the door. We get crunched, you can fill drink orders. The black, the anvil of black plummeted onto her chest to trap her. You don’t look as if you got much sleep last night.”, The already cold air chilled with every step Linda-gail took toward her. Reece simply nodded, tossed the mushrooms and onions on the grill, then filled the second order while they fried. “We don’t. More diner than restaurant, she corrected. That’s you and me and a part-timer on the grill, seven days a week. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I read The Liar earlier in the year and guessed that twist as well. She looked, Reece thought, like a western milkmaid. She tried to gasp for air, but the pain was too much, and the fear was beyond even the pain. Goes by Lo. A day was enough of a challenge. The sole survivor of a brutal crime back East, Reece Gilmore settles in Angel s Fall, Wyoming temporarily, at least and takes a job at a local diner. The woman who is now the beauty I’m going to marry. They squatted behind the trees, log and glass, wide porches—and, she assumed, stunning views. “I think the car had other ideas.”. The ending is not unexpected, but … Even as Reece’s lips quivered in response, Brody shifted his gaze, locked in on her face. Lo opened the door for her, then stepped out after her. “All right.” Reece pushed off the stool and, keeping her breath slow and even, went through the swinging door at the far end of the counter. Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2019. I quickly became absorbed by this story of a woman who recovers from a horrific event, witnesses a murder and begins to doubt her sanity which is definitely a romantic suspense with the emphasis on romance. Need a gallon of milk and a box of bullets? “Long ways.”, “I don’t know as I want some East Coast cook who can’t keep her mouth shut for five minutes.”, Reece’s opened in surprise, then closed again on the barest curve of a smile. She’d gone from health club fit to scrawny and had worked her way back to what she thought of as gawky. “I can’t close for you. Your car’s fixed, sitting up at Mac’s.” Joanie smiled. I took a job as a cook in a little diner-style restaurant in this pretty valley town with its big, blue lake. And here was another fresh start, another blank slate in the bunched fingers of Angel’s Fist. The guidebook I bought called the mountains majestic, and I thought no. He was burly in build, ruddy in face, with lines fanning out from the corners of friendly brown eyes. “Kind of jumpy, aren’t you?”, “I guess I am.” Reece sampled the soup, pleased that the broth had a subtle bite. Maybe he’d been wrong about that local connection. “You can’t help but like Lo. Still enjoyed both books though. Think about now, not about later. “Who handles the fountain drinks?”, “Wait staff. “First warning. And there was Linda-gail slamming the driver’s door of a sturdy little compact. Ma, she thought, and she’d made a crack about his penis. You see he’s flirting with Juanita now, who he was banging like a drum over a few weeks last winter, until he shifted his sights to some snow bunnies who came around to ski.”, Joanie grabbed the huge mug of coffee that was always close at hand. Soothed, she began to walk again. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. “It’s what I did back in Boston—for a living.” Fighting nerves, Reece ripped open the cover on the tea bag. Her hands didn’t shake, and though her chest stayed tight, she didn’t allow herself to dart glances over her shoulder to make sure a wall hadn’t appeared to close her in. Still enjoyed both books though. Boston area. From where she sat, Reece could hear her cheerful greeting. Safe, she told herself. Her only other choice was to go back, retreat, and all the months she’d been inching forward would be wiped away. There was nothing slick about the battered leather jacket, faded jeans or worn-down boots. I was too busy cooking to eat, and I’ll make up for it. “Am I late?”, “Surprised you showed up at all with the night you must’ve put in.”, Reece thought of huddling in bed, gripping the flashlight, listening. That’s about it. The bathroom didn’t really count anyway. “You remember sex, don’t you?”, “I got a vague recollection of the process.”, In the kitchen, Joanie set a piece of apple pie on the work counter. No one around to hear, she reminded herself, and the distraction got her to the door of Angel Food. Familiar sounds, smells, motion. Still rattled by a shooting spree at her Boston restaurant that left her wounded and the only survivor among 12 co-workers, Reece is easily spooked, as noted by her plainspoken new boss, Joanie, and the locals who frequent the restaurant. Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2018. “You can’t help but like Lo. “I’ll think about it. But thanks, Mr. Drubber.”. Nothing better than seeing the Tetons on horseback.”, She began to walk again. Besides, if there was a fire and power failure, she’d be groggy and slow. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 25, 2015. She eased her way along the road that ribboned around the long, wide lake. The food was artistically arranged on the plain white plate, unlike the haphazard mounds Joanie normally served up. What is making Reece so secretive. A little dazed, Reece walked out. The sole survivor of a brutal crime, Reece Gilmore is on the run, desperately fighting the panic attacks and the nightmares that haunt her. A slow-burn start combusts in a satisfying denouement; Roberts's legions of fans will be enthralled. But not today. She jogged down, counting as she went. While the water ran, she did the multiplication tables out loud to keep herself steady. The bright blue eyes, so friendly the day before, were aloof, dismissive. Got herself a room at the hotel. She could stick with cleaning hotel rooms, or head out and find that dude ranch. And you plate food pretty. It might be fun to work at a dude ranch. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. The bright blue eyes, so friendly the day before, were aloof, dismissive. . “TV running.”, “Oh, I guess I did. Having the flashlight close was just being prepared. “I appreciate you going to all this trouble.” She ordered herself not to panic because the stairwell seemed so much smaller with him beside her. Her guidebook boasted of miles of wildflowers on the sage flats, and more along the area’s lakes and ponds. “Paid cash for the radiator hose, and the hotel, I hear.”, No credit cards, Brody mused, and wondered if the mystery woman was running under the radar. There were a couple men in flannel shirts sitting out front in stout chairs that gave them a good view of the lake. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Why was he still here anyway? Her hands didn’t shake, and though her chest stayed tight, she didn’t allow herself to dart glances over her shoulder to make sure a wall hadn’t appeared to close her in. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print. He swaggered—there was no other way to describe the deliberate, rolling gait—to the counter and perched on a stool. If closing’s part of the job description, I’ll have to find another job.”, “We’ll work that out. The little Wyoming town huddled around the cold blue waters of a lake was as good as anywhere else. She could hear them, hear the glass shattering, the explosions. She could hear someone chatting in the rear of the store, and the beep of another cash register. Here’s my stop.”, “My mother taught me to walk a lady right to her door.”. And she could see a long, low blanket of fog spread out at their feet. “Taking some time off to see the country?”. Turning back to the room, she noted the door that adjoined the neighboring guest room. She’d learned not to hurry—had taught herself not to push, not to rush, but to take things as they came. The black, the anvil of black plummeted onto her chest to trap her. He had a great smile, she had to admit it, and a look in his eyes that was as seductive as a hand stroking along the skin. “Anywhere in town I can make that happen?”, “Lynt’s Garage’ll fix you up. It premiered off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory Company in 1982. His companion came over to join them, and both men looked under the hood the way Reece knew men did. You’ll see.”, She managed a smile. “Gave him the job in February when he came through town looking for work. angels fall When Reece Gilmore sees an apparent attack while hiking in the mountains, no one believes her—except a gruff loner named Brody. It is followed by COLD FEAR, BLOOD OF OTHERS, NO WAY BACK and BE MINE. The female to whom what lurked under the hood of a car was as foreign as the terrain of Pluto. Unable to add item to List. “Truth is, Brody, I don’t think the girl has much money.” He wagged his fork at Brody before stabbing the last of the beans. “I certainly dropped into a friendly town.”, “Wyoming’s a friendly state. You’ve got to get up early and perform basic functions like a normal human being.”. Sheriff’s office. Mysteries. She took her time walking back to her car, letting it all sink in. Some cabins along the lake, and others outside of town rent by the week or the month.”, She didn’t think in months any longer. at least--and takes a job at a local diner. Knock, put a smile on her face, wave. The little tickle in her chest made her think longingly of the sleeping pills in her bathroom kit. The view lived up to its billing, and she immediately opened the windows, then just stood looking at the sparkle of the water, the glide of boats, and the rise of the mountains that cupped this little section of valley. Mofina demonstrates his ability to sustain and build suspense to an incredible intensity, and to tell a great story. More a B and B. We serve wine and beer, too. If those are your Nora Roberts preferences then this is probably not for you. It had been months since she’d taken a sleeping pill, and she was tired enough tonight to sleep without help. It is the first book in the Penryn & the End Of Days trilogy. Can he get out of the friend zone? “And if she doesn’t, she’ll have a reason for it. More or less.” Not sure, never sure, she thought and tried to concentrate on the moment rather than the before or after. You tell her you’re working at Joanie’s.”, “I will. Why was he still here anyway? And she measured Reece out of steely eyes that were more gray than blue. Her fingers were too stiff, too cold to curl themselves into a fist. Good night.”. She wouldn’t unpack, not exactly, but take the essentials and set them out. I always enjoy Nora Roberts' romantic suspense novels. Indeed, when Reece claims to have witnessed a murder while hiking along Snake River, few except Brody are inclined to believe the skittish new resident: Sheriff Rick Mardson hasn't found any clear evidence of a woman struck down near the river; Doc Wallace is suspicious of Reece's fragile mental state; and Joanie isn't about to cut Reece any slack while running a busy kitchen. Dock me. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. “Besides the new cook?”, “I ordered the chops. “Afternoon. I’ve got less than ten dollars left, but whose fault is that? The lights burned bright inside, easing some of the tension in her shoulders. The play ran on Broadway in 1983 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play Characters. I’ll tell her.” She wanted to take out an ad announcing it in the local paper. I can get the cook there to pack up a nice picnic, get you a gentle mount. When she turned away, Linda-gail shot Reece an exaggeratedly dreamy look. Before she could slide the key card into the slot, he took it from her, did the small chore himself. She would have laughed, but she was too relieved when he held the door open for her and she stepped out into the hall on three. I’ve got a room for a week with a view of the lake and the Tetons, a job and a new radiator hose. Escape for a few hours into a pacy thriller romance from the maestro. Planning on staying only until she earns enough money to fix her car, Reece takes a job as a cook in the Angel Food Cafe. Pies and cakes on display, and the kitchen open to the counter. “Afraid of the dark, little girl?”, “Yes, I am. For the first time since she’d begun her shift, she felt exposed and vulnerable. The plot is gripping and the characters seem to jump off the pages at you, making it impossible to put this one down. “How’s the pie?”, “It’s good. The atmosphere, the orders might be different, but the rhythm was the same. “Got yourself a split radiator hose,” he told her. Fingers of mist rose from the lake and whisked around the leafless trees, thin as fairy wings. The whole building could go up in flames at three A.M. for all she knew. Next order up’s a steak sandwich, med-well, onion roll, fried onions and mushrooms, fries and slaw. “At the diner. How about you?”, “Not my strong suit, but I can give you a hand when you need it.”. “What kind?”, “He does magazine articles and like that, and he’s had three books published. Her only other choice was to go back, retreat, and all the months she’d been inching forward would be wiped away. She’d gone from health club fit to scrawny and had worked her way back to what she thought of as gawky. He had a smooth, even-featured face set off by a shallowly clefted chin and light blue eyes that, everyone knew, he used as often as possible to charm the ladies. Stars exploded around it, as if someone had loaded a shotgun with diamonds and blasted away. A place like this—the signpost had said the population was 623—probably ran to tourism, exploiting the scenery and the proximity to the national park. “Friends call me Lo.”. It’s a good day, April fifteenth. Boston area. She doesn't intend to stay in the sleepy town of Angel's Fist one second longer than she needs to, despite its friendly - if curious - inhabitants, and the irre… You tell her you’re working at Joanie’s.”, “I will. May not be many of us here, but we’re congenial. Someone had paid for Emmylou Harris on the jukebox, and Brody let the music hum in the back of his mind. The hammer beat on that anvil, pounding her head, her chest, slamming, slamming down on her. Better to die here in the dark than for them to find her. The sudden light was blinding, and the wild screams that burst in her head came out as feral growls. Really good. Sorry.” Through a flush, the dimples winked. You’re looking for a place, there’s a room over the diner I can rent you. “Thanks.” Not completely broke, Reece thought as she stuffed the envelope in her pocket. Especially one who uses his penis as a divining rod.”, Joanie let out a bark of laughter. “Lo’s coming ’round to see if the new girl’s worth his time.” Mac shook his head, scooped up the last of his potatoes. Or owner. Did she imagine a murder? You want forty hours a week, I can work you that. He swaggered—there was no other way to describe the deliberate, rolling gait—to the counter and perched on a stool. The air was cold—winter still had a few bites left—so her breath puffed out visibly in the shimmer of predawn. When I saw them before, I thought not majestic but tough and rugged. There was nothing slick about the battered leather jacket, faded jeans or worn-down boots. “I’m an awful chatterbox when I’m nervous.”, “Traveling. Linda-gail wandered toward the booth, drawing her pad out of her pocket. As she tied on an apron, Joanie set out the ingredients she’d need. We clean the bathrooms on rotation. Majestic.”, “There are spots up there that you have to see to believe, and they change, even while you’re looking. “Is that so?”, “Next thing you know, she’s working here. Reece, you think you’re ready to get your skinny ass back here and work?”, “Yes, ma’am. Steadier, she went back to check the peep to make sure the hallway was clear before she pushed a chair against the door. She stopped to admire the tender sprouts. She could see some of the cabins Mac had spoken of, through the bare branches of the willows and the cottonwoods. Nothing fancy.”, “Got the Lakeview Hotel just down a ways. She was still getting her bearings, gathering her courage, when one of the waitresses swung by her. For reasons she couldn’t name, the plumes and the fuss caused Reece more embarrassment than anxiety. You’ll have two other wait staff working—Bebe and Juanita. Black-and-whites of the lake, of white water, of the mountains in every season. “Beans taste different. “Wasn’t fishing.” He cut into one of the chops, sampled. It had the openness she needed—all that sky with the snow-dipped peaks of the Tetons rising into it like sober, and somehow aloof, gods. Oh, speaking of pay, here’s your share of last night’s tips, Reece.”, Linda-gail pushed the envelope into Reece’s hands. But I can’t close for you. And in a very real way to embrace every single moment. “How’s it going?”, “Got a hankering to eat something I don’t have to fry up myself. She pushed off the stool, stacked her dishes. After checking her watch, she set up her laptop, opened her daily journal and wrote a quick entry. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. “Hi there, Mr. Drubber, how’s it going? She jolted, swung around. While driving in the Grand Tetons, displaced Bostonian Reece Gilmore stops in the small town of Angel's Fist, near Jackson Hole, Wyo., and considers the "Cook Wanted" sign in Joanie's, a local diner. Me, I think you just got your heart broken back East. “Saw you out in the boat the other day,” Mac commented. “For a living, or just to put something in your mouth?”. You can order breakfast all day, lunch menu from eleven to closing, dinner, five to ten. When she turned, Joanie was sitting at the counter, drinking coffee. A mystery.”, She flipped her hair back, shifted her angle so she could watch out of the corner of her eye as Brody strode to an empty booth. Don’t think, she told herself. If Angels Fall is the first novel in the journalist Tom Reed and cop Walt Sydowski series. You go on out on the lake now and then but you don’t fish. And there was Linda-gail slamming the driver’s door of a sturdy little compact. 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