Friday, June 21, 2013

"The Doves of Primrose: Lacy": A Reader's Opinion and 10 Reasons to Visit Primrose with Krista Kedrick

The Doves of Primrose: Lacy

Lacy Weston, or is it Campbell? Hell her husband took off so fast he may as well take his name with him.

She is trying to run the historic family bed and breakfast out in the middle of the prairie while coping with her desertion, trying to keep up with her two best friends and oh yeah, the movie production that has landed in the middle of The Dove House bringing former rodeo champion, famous actor and Lacy’s old flame with it.

The last thing Lacy needs…

Kyle McClintock is back in Primrose to shoot his latest western blockbuster and to see if the passion he and Lacy Weston had so many years ago could be reclaimed. Yes, he had ulterior motives when requesting his old home town for the set, but he may get more than he bargained for. Strange happenings, hot tempers and Indian summer nights may prove too much for this cowboy.

I sure hope you enjoy my country lovin’ romance as much as I love being a country lovin’ writer. Now if you will please excuse me I must go and belt out a Bonnie Raitt tune on the karaoke stage.

Top 10 Reasons to visit Primrose
10. The Curly Gates - Primrose’s local salon aka gossip central and the only place you can still get a bee hive. Owned by Janice Murphy, a middle-aged woman who’s makeup resembles that of an 80’s drag queen.

9. Sunset Pond – a local swimming hole where clothes tend to be optional.

8. Whiskey Spring – local legend speaks of an ancient true love’s wish that ends tragically, but it continues to draw hopefuls to its waters.

7. Cowboys – the town is bursting with these strong, sensitive, hard-headed heart throbs.

6. Cowgirls – Primrose has the best crop of these no-nonsense, tough and loving ladies.

5. Eccentrics – what would a small town be without its splash of colorful people and Primrose is no exception. From Widow Walters, who talks to her food, to Don Shelton, the local horse whisperer.

4. Tradition – from the diner to the farm supply store to the people; all of it has been there since the town’s charter.

3. Friendships – lifelong, constant and devoted. The friendships built in grade school continue through life into death.

2. Stardom – this is the hometown of local hero and rodeo champion turned famous actor, Kyle McClintock and the current location of the filming of his new movie.

1. The Dove House – historic and infamous. This former prairie brothel was turned into a bed and breakfast in the 1950s by the same family that built it. It has ties to the James gang and may even belong to one of the illegitimate ancestors of Frank James.

5 Questions for Krista Kedrick
What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Karaoke, binge eating, and alternate uses of profanity. Anything that will make my characters more interesting.

What kitchen appliance do you best associate with?
Refrigerator. It’s hot, it’s cold, and everybody loves to open the doors and stare inside at its contents.

What song best describes your work ethic?
Taking Care of Business. I am generally over booked, running late and yes, I’m self-employed but I don’t work at nothing all day. I’m also hoping to get in with the right fellows.

Pick two famous actors for your parents.
John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The cowboy and the red-haired beauty.

Who are your writing inspirations?
Judith McNaught is the woman who made me want to be a writer. JK Rowling made me believe it was possible and Stephen King scared the crap out of me – that’s when I knew it was okay to write anything you wanted.

Krista Kedrick, the author
Krista Kedrick writes stories with the country way of life in mind. Yes, they have cowboys and cowgirls, ranches, tractors, dogs, children and your occasional bar room brawl. But in the end they are down home people who do the right thing and find a love more powerful and promising than your everyday story. Because that’s how we are. Everything is stronger, more passionate and longer-lasting.

I write from my home state of Nebraska while living my dream life (well, almost). I have an amazing husband, two of the cutest daughters on the Prairie and a Bassett Hound who teaches me the meaning of the word “patience”.

Other Books Available from Krista Kedrick

A Reader's Opinion
This is a fun read with colorful characters and healthy doses of humor. Lacey runs a bed and breakfast with an interesting history, but I don't think she planned on opening up her home to the man who got away years ago. Then again, what harm can a former lover and a Hollywood film crew do? Apparently more than Lacy bargained for, but she's tough and soldiers on. 

The author did a great job of making me adore Kyle McClintock, our cowboy/actor/hero, and loathe his personal assistant. Lacy's two best friends add a fun amount of wit and drama, and really you can't help but like them. I'm rather fond of EmmyLou because she likes to bake, and Scarlett is a sweetheart who grows flowers and puts them in salads. 

The relationship between Kyle and Lacy needs a little help, and you're right there as they both learn how to forgive, appreciate, and accept each other for who they've become. Fair warning--there's a super sizzling love scene that I imagine many will find hot and romantic. Though these types of scenes aren't my cup of tea, the author did a great job with it.

If you like stories of cowboys and country girls, this would be a fun summer read. 

Content note: There is a strong graphic love scene and a few innuendos. I don't recall much in the way of language, so if it was there, it wasn't enough for me to really notice. 


  1. Seriously fun post Krista--thanks for sharing with everyone! Kyle is definitely my favorite character in the book, but book heroes tend to be. He's definitely yummy. :)

  2. I love reading about these kind of small towns - nothing like the one I grew up in!! It sounds like a run read.