A Touch of Forever by Jo Goodman

A Touch of Forever

Jo Goodman

Roen proposes a mad scheme to protect the new life he’s built–a marriage of convenience. But Lily has secrets of her own, and he comes to realize that the only truth that matters is the secret to unlocking her heart.

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A marriage of convenience turns into a sweetly seductive love-off-the-rails romance in the latest Cowboys of Colorado novel from USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman.

Lily Salt has sworn off men. After finally gaining her independence, the last thing she needs is another man telling her what to do. But the handsome railroad engineer from New York isn't at all what she expected. He's kind, gentle...and tempting enough to make her wonder what a second chance at love might be worth.

A self-acknowledged black sheep, Roen Shepard knows what it means to feel alone. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the reserved widow whose fascinating blue-green eyes have seen too much, and charmed by the warmth of her ready-made family, the two begin an unlikely friendship.

When a complication from his past follows him to Frost Falls, Roen proposes a mad scheme to protect the new life he's built and keep close the stubborn woman he's accidentally fallen for—a marriage of convenience. But Lily has secrets of her own, and the closer he gets to uncovering them, the more he comes to realize that the only truth that matters is the secret to unlocking her heart.

Advance Galley Reviews

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I received an advanced copy of this book. This is a book set in the old west. It’s a romance between two very unlikely people, Lily Salt and Roen Shepard. Lily is a widow with 4 kids and Roen is a black sheep railroad guy who is an intellectual. They meet because he hires Lily’s oldest son as his assistant. Roen ends up proposing marriage because someone he had an affair with comes to find him. He has fallen in love, she hasn’t, yet. Will sparks fly for her? Will the secrets she keeps keep her from falling in love? This was a great book, this one can be read as a stand-alone, or as part of the series.

Jo Goodman really is a wonderful writer. Her characters have depth and real life experiences. I was so glad to see Lily, a secondary character from the previous book in the series, find her happy ending. While events from that book are recapped here, and it isn't necessary to do so, I would still highly recommend reading "A Touch of Flame" in order to see the full backstory of what Lily has been through. Goodman allows her characters to be fully dimensional. Lily is vulnerable, but strong. She is an intelligent woman who has lived through terrible things and come out on the other side. She is several years older than Roe, the hero of the story. Roen is a nice guy. He is allowed to just be a good man with good intentions, but a complicated history. I like that Goodman does not shy away from showing reality. She shows that even people who are generally kind can have an unpleasant side, as she explores racism in the town. She really considers what a person who has been through incredible trauma would feel. When Lily exposes things that she considers shameful, it is not done in a way that feels exploitative and she is not looked down on. In fact, it is very matter-of-fact and does not make the character seem weaker or like someone to be pitied. It just makes her seem real. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series.

Roen Shepard works for a railroad company as an engineer and is in Frost Falls Colorado to survey the land and suggest routes for them to use. He is a caring person and is trying to find the best route where the company can buy the land rather than use eminent domain. He meets Lily Salt (a widow) whom has had a hard life so far trading one sick person for another. So she is weary of people in general especially ones she does not know. This story is about lily and her family and Roen joining them and the adventure of their new life together. On a whim they got married so he could escape a woman from his past and her to have a father for her children. On the first page or two I realized that some of the names sounded familiar and I looked and I have read another book in this series. I do like this series so I will keep my eyes open for more of them. I like the majority of the characters in the book and am glad to see many happy endings for many of the people. Even if I had not read another of the book in the series I would have been able to keep track. It was a refresher for me since it’s been a while since I read the last one. I received this book to read for free from First to read in exchange for my honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

A Touch of Forever follows Lily Salt and Roen Shepard. We met Lily Salt in the previous book A Touch of Flame. Her past left her wary of men and their intentions. Roen Shepard finds himself drawn to her. It doesn't hurt that her children are finding ways to bring the two together. When his past threatens to show up and thrown his new life in chaos, he proposes a marriage of convenience that will benefit them both. They share a sweet love story. He slowly pushes her boundaries. She tries to resist him and her children leave you giggling in a few spots. Received an ARC from First to Read

This book is the third book in the Cowboys of Colorado series. I have not read the previous two books, so it took a little bit for me to become familiar with the characters that had more story development in previous books. That being said, I really enjoyed the book. I have been a fan of Jo Goodman for a while and this book was solidly within her genre.

A Touch of Forever is the third book in the Cowboys of Colorado series. I have not read the previous two and from what I read Lily Salt, the heroine of this one, is introduced in book two. What made me read this story was that it is is a marriage of convenience romance story. It is one of my favorite tropes,but somehow this one fell a little flat for me. It seemed a little slow and most of the story is told by Roen's perspective. I rarely saw what Lily's feelings were during most of the book. I didn't really see a connection between them. I didn't like that I didn't know what had happened to Lily in the past. Hints are given, but along with Roen we have to connect all the dots with what is being said. I did like her children. They were wonderful characters. The rest of the secondary characters were okay.

I enjoyed A Touch Of Forever by Jo Goodman. I have not read one of her books before and found her ability to build a character quite enjoyable. She gave each character personality. I really enjoyed Roen's sense of humour and his ability to tell it like it is. I felt like I could envision each character, which is part of the enjoyment of reading. I recommend this book and I look forward to Reading another by this author. I was given a copy of this book to review by First to Read

I read Jo Goodman's A Touch of Flame thanks to First to Read. I enjoyed that story, as along with the "romance" there was a good story. Same for the sequel, A Touch of Forever. The story was good, the characters pretty believable, especially Lily. The men other than the "bad" guy are a bit too good. Haven't met guys like Ben or Roen who really understand a woman so well and are not always trying to "fix" problems. Ignoring that aspect, I enjoyed reading this story and closing the gap left at the end of A Touch of Flame and Lily and her emergence. Goodman did a good job of making sure her family really remained a family with Roen. The entanglements of Fedora and Victorine gave the story more substance. Although I enjoyed the book, it could have been a bit shorter, with less build up in the beginning. Hope Jo Goodman is feeling better, seems she wrote this book while recuperating from an illness?

It was a slow start for me but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. Love how Roen and Lily start off on stand-offish terms instead of instantly falling in love. Can't wait to read more from this author

I found this slow at first and hard to get into. There was a long, even laborious setup. About halfway through we get the marriage of convenience and then the story picked up. The writing and character development were solid. I always appreciate a strong female character, which this book certainly has. Also, there are issues of women’s rights that are relevant to a modern audience. The western setting could have been more of a draw, but I didn’t particularly take to that genre. While it has its merits, if I weren’t reviewing the book I would have dropped it after the first 20 pages.

It wasn’t really for me. I read the first four chapters and almost set it aside permanently... too much dialogue that didn’t seem pertinent and too little action. However, I came back to it a few days later and then finished it because it got more interesting when the hero’s ex-mistress showed up. I was disappointed at most of the major plot decisions, because I was hoping for very different events to occur. The final events all seemed too tame for the storyline that was being introduced. I was expecting a really harrowing story, and it wasn’t.

Roen Shephard arrives in Frost Falls to engineer a rail line for Northeast Rails. He is recovering from a bad relationship and wants to start over with a new life. He meets Lily Salt and proposes a scheme to protect him from someone who follows him to his new home. Lily Salt has no use for men since her husband died in a fire almost two years ago. It wasn’t a good, nor safe, marriage, and she does not trust men. She has four children to think about and provide for. When Roen offers her a proposal of convenience, she realizes that might just be what she’s looking for. Friendship turns into romance and two kindred spirits might have found a love to last for all time if they can survive both their pasts. A Touch of Forever is a sweet romance that develops into something deeper. The characters were only in their late twenties, but they seemed so much older, which kept putting me off the romance. However, I enjoyed the read and didn’t feel as if it dragged. I pretty much figured out Lily’s secrets about a third of the way into the novel, so there were no surprises. All of the characters were likable and memorable. I enjoyed spending time with Lily’s family. I appreciated the historical aspects of the novel and the hints of progress at the turn of the 19th century. Preaching about feminism was kept at a minimum, which made me happy. I read to escape, not be hit over the head with political agendas. After reading A Touch of Forever, I look forward to the next book in the series.

This book really wasn't to my taste. I found both of the main characters a bit boring and stilted. The story seemed to drag on and I didn't really enjoy it. It was hard to keep my attention on the book.

I am so glad that I decided to go for an ARC of A Touch of Forever after reading an ARC of A Touch of Flame. I had loved the story line of the last book but found the story between Ben & Ridley lacking and a bit clinical & sterile and didn't feel that drawn into the story but Jo Goodman really stepped up to the plate in this book and I loved all the characters and getting to see newcomer Roen added to the story with some extra unexpected villains was a really nice addition, plus I got to see more of Ben and Ridley and liked them even better! I just finished two other ARC romances and they had very immature characters and writing styles that it was extremely annoying. Jo writes with maturity on all levels and draws you into the characters of all ages in Frost Falls, even adorable little Lizzie, which makes you want to read more. Very impressed! Can't can't wait for her next book!

I didn't realize how far I'd read, until I reached the end of the story. That said, you won't feel reading this book an arduous process but rather an enjoyable and intriguing one. The story is captivating and discusses many pertinent issues that pervade society now, and more so then. I love it's take on women's rights and the use of a very strong female protagonist and other strong female supporting characters. It's commendable in my books for the way the author integrates domestic abuse, depression, murder, love and the communal support of a small town among a plethora of other themes in the lives of these well-developed, wholesome characters. Over and above this, the author has created the effect of real people, real families and a real town; it's really realistic. The plot is filled with a few twists and turns which'll no doubt inspire tension and excitement in you. It was very well written and overall great. If you are in favor of reading a romance novel with a woman who can hold her weight in the world, I highly recommend this novel: A Touch of Forever.

In New York Roen is considered the black sheep of the family . His parents and family are artists,authors,musicians while none has inspired him.Hes teased that he's adopted with


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