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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloria Antypowich does it again!, 20 July 2015
By mbsgreg (British Columbia, Canada) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Full Circle (The Belanger Creek Ranch Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
“Full Circle is the second book in the Belanger Creek Ranch Series and it doesn’t disappoint. I enjoyed the first book The Second Time Around so much that I thought I would give Full Circle a read and just like the first book, I found all of the characters real and endearing and I found myself rooting for them.

I loved the relationship the characters Colt and Frank have developed since the first book. They have a marriage filled with love and devotion to their children and ‘family’, which includes their closest friends. Without giving away too many details, their marriage is tested big time when they suffer a terrible loss – make sure you keep the Kleenex box handy!

The character Shauna Lee was a big surprise! I wasn’t sure if I liked her very much in the first book, but book II lets us in on her background and the personal tragedies she has endured and you learn the reason she is guarding her heart from love and close friendships. Shauna Lee learns the hard way that you can run but you can’t hide from your past forever…

Shauna Lee’s love interest Brad Johnson is another sexy cowboy like Colt, and a real gentleman. Luckily he also has the patience of Job when it comes to Shauna Lee. Will he give up on his wounded little ‘Tweetie Bird’ (his pet name for Shauna Lee) or will love prevail… and, Just like in the first book the author steams up the pages just enough to titillate the reader.
If you are looking for a very sweet story with endearing characters that value family, and stick by one another through thick and thin, Full Circle will not disappoint!

I am looking forward to reading the next book, “The Hand of Fate.”

NOTE: This person notified me that they had posted a review for The Second Time Around, Book One of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series, and when they attempted to post this review on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca they were told they were ineligible, even though the book was a verified purchase at Amazon.ca. I have heard about this happening before–now it has happened to me.

 

Dear Goria,
I read both of your books Hearts at risk and Run. Wow! I couldn’t put them down, but at the same time I had to slow myself down because I didn’t want either of them to end. I actually felt loss each time I finished a book. Your stories captivate me. I am wondering when the release date for the third book in the trilogy will be released! I look forward to reading the stories you create. Thank you for writing them.
Sincerely,
Margaret Ramsey
100 Mile House B.C.

Stephanie D.   4/5

“You Can Run” by Gloria Antypowich, Book Two of the ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’, is more than a feel good story, although that is what it also is. Shauna Lee has undergone some very unpleasant experiences in her life that have left her vulnerable, and an emotional mess. She feels good by working excessively hard and bringing men home for one night stands, telling herself that it is all she wants and needs. But Brad Johnson enters her life, and he knows better. He can see that Shauna Lee is trying to bury something and he knows she’ll be able to heal and move on only if she can let it out. He takes this on as a challenge, but Shauna Lee is not necessarily grateful or appreciative. However, he is nothing if not persistent but Shauna Lee is stubborn and very self-willed. What is going to happen with two such immutable opponents? There is a lot of depth to this book. You are drawn right into the characters’ complex lives (and can only admire Brad’s iron self-control)! You get to know the whole of them. The author has a highly readable and approachable style, and can turn her hand equally to sensual romance, thrilling suspense, bleak suffering and hate-filled violence. The plot is interesting with unforeseen twists on the way. And there is completeness in the story as certain things turn full circle. The writing is well-paced, entertaining and also informative. You get to see inside ranching, which is a fascinating extra. Like a ranch, this story is a dusty, gritty slice of real life.

readers favorite 5 star review

Alice D.

5.0 / 5

Shauna Lee Holt is a good friend of the Thompson family and runs an accounting and bookkeeping service in the Thompson family’s town of Swift Current in Saskatchewan, Canada. But Shauna Holt’s real name is LeeAnn Bergeron and she has a past that is closed off from her present life. When Colt Thompson’s friend, Brad Johnson, moves into town, he and Shauna become close, despite the fact that she is used to picking up men for weekend sex and nothing more. Brad calls Shauna “Tweetie Bird” and gets her to open up bit by bit about the horrors of her younger life. She watched as her father ran over her younger brother with a tractor and then shot Shauna’s beloved horse as he expressed his fury and sorrow. She lived with a man who murdered their developmentally disabled infant son. Then Colt hires a man called Patch and Shauna’s past comes rushing back. “You Can Run…”, the second book in the ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’, is well-written and will draw the reader into the events in the lives of Colt and Frankie Thompson and their family and friends in the town of Swift Current. The main character Shauna Lee Holt or LeeAnn Bergeron is totally believable as a survivor of a horrific young life. The supporting character of Brad who Shauna comes to love, trust and eventually marry is created believably and works nicely as a friend with the Thompsons and fits well into the theme of life in western Canada. Readers will love this second volume in this delightful series and then will clamour for the third and final book in the trilogy.

Book Review

Reviewed by Molly E. for Readers Favorite

Ms. Antypowich is a new author to me. This is her second book in her ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’ and is written in an incredibly amazing manner. I was captured completely, from start to finish, and by the end of the book, I was left with a whirlwind of jaw-dropping emotions and a pounding heart. This is the second book in her trilogy, but the first that I have read. Although I hadn’t read the first, I was not overly confused to the point of disappointment. “You Can Run” takes the reader on a journey of turmoil, heartache, romance, and devotion. Shauna Lee is a woman filled with pain. She has secrets from her past that she is keeping buried deep inside her. She lets no one into her heart, and to fulfill any lonely time, she seeks men who are not willing to commit. Then she meets Brad Johnson. Brad Johnson is a man who knows what he wants and he wants Shauna Lee. From the minute he sets eyes on her, he knows he wants to commit to her and only her. But, something is wrong in her heart. She is not opening up to him. She is keeping something from her past deeply hidden and she won’t reveal her secrets to him. But, he is determined to win her trust and show her that she can take the ultimate risk and fall in love with him.

As the lives of Brad and Shauna Lee collide, the reader is swept into a dramatic journey of hope, understanding, lies and love. The roller coaster ride that Ms. Antypowich takes us on in this book is breathtaking. Each page brings something new to the story and creates a vivid description of heart-wrenching love. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a book that is well-developed, has complex and believable characters, and will instantly tug you in. It is not for the faint of heart though. There are things among the pages of the book that will leave you near tears at times. But, ultimately, you will see that you can’t always run from something that is meant to be. Amazingly done, Ms. Antypowich!

 

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Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite

“You Can Run…” by Gloria Antypowich is book two of the ‘Thompson Family Trilogy’ and it is a book that the reader will be hooked on from start to finish. Shauna Lee is a successful business woman running her own business and handling accounts for many including her ex-fiancee, Colt Thompson; however, she holds back from personal, intimate relationships. Shauna Lee has flings, but not anything that is going to go anywhere long-term. Shauna Lee meets Brad one night while out with another man and Colt introduces the two of them. Brad is determined to find out more about Shauna Lee and break through the wall that she keeps between herself and others. Shauna Lee is not ready to share her secrets, hurts and her past with anyone, but does Shauna really want to continue living life as she has been doing?

I started reading this book, but then decided to read book one first. I am so glad I did that as I felt I got so much more out of this book than I would have if I had not read book one. The characters are all so likable and I enjoyed reading about Frankie and Colt and their story in book one and continuing on with them in this book as well. There is so much more to Shauna Lee than what she presents and shares with others and the author does a great job at developing the relationship between Shauna Lee and Brad and how he chips away at her front and gets to know the real Shauna Lee. This book is easy to get into as the style of writing is enjoyable and the characters are people you would love to meet and are “real” as they could be the neighbors next door. A great series and I am looking forward to reading book three of the trilogy.

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I have been beating the computer keyboard hour after hour for the past four months! It feels wonderful to have writen “The End”.

The relationship of Colt and Frankie from Hearts At Risk deepens in this book, but Shauna Lee Holt and Brad Johnson take front stage as the main characters.

Shauna Lee Holt hides behind the barricade that she has erected around herself over the past 20 years. Intimacy is something she has refused to allow into her world. Her attitude has been nothing serious, no strings attached, and no risks.

Along comes Brad Johnson who would ordinarily run a country mile from the woman she appears to be. He finds himself attracted to her in spite of the messages that she sends out, but he wants intimacy and a long lasting commitment.

He refuses to play her shallow game. He believes a loving person hides behind her facade. Can he free her from a past that still holds her captive and help her believe it too?

A WARM SAFE PLACE

“I’m looking for a warm safe place
To feel your hand on my face
Let the past roll off of my back
Baby let’s not talk about that
I just wanna make it through the night
Lock the door and hide away
I’m looking for a warm safe place.”

One day when my husband and I were travelling last fall, I caught the words of a song by Aaron Prichette called “A Safe Warm Place.” I instantly felt that it was Shauna Lee’s song; her story.

It still is her story, but when I went through the book making my final edits I realized that this work of fiction is also about other characters in it getting “A Second Chance” in life.

Now I am indecisive about the title I should use for this book. Decisions, Decisions! I think I will ask some of my friends!

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