Marianne Arkins

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A Change of Heart from The Wild Rose Press




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Returning to Wyoming after a six-year absence, Jake Langley finds more than just changes in the now run down family ranch.  His warm feelings for a former girlfriend have cooled, and he finds himself drawn to her sister and his former best friend, Emily.  His discovery of the sisters' well-kept secret, however, upsets his long-term plans and sets duty against his heart's desire. Now, four hearts and four lives will be changed, forever.

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          When the bell over the ice cream shop entrance rang, Emily dried her hands on the towel hanging from her waist.  She stepped through the doorway, a smile on her face.  That smile froze as hard as a fresh bucket of ice cream at the sight before her.

          Jacob Langley.

          "Hey, Emily."  He said it like it had been six days since the last time he'd seen her instead of nearly six years.

          "Jake."  Her throat was tight with fury and hurt and she could barely speak.  "What do you want?"

          "Some of that caramel peanut butter ice cream on a sugar cone if you don't mind."  He flashed his best grin. 

          Did he think they were still best friends like they were all through school?  Had he forgotten what he'd done to her?  Worse, what he'd done to Casey?  If he thought she'd let him stay in her place any longer, he was mistaken.  "Sorry.  We're all out."  Emily's gaze never wavered, her smile didn't thaw.

          "Funny, I'm looking at it right there in front of me."  He pointed through the glass case.

          She tapped a sign behind her.  "Then I guess I'm exercising my rights."

          He pursed his lips and read the bold, black words printed on the white board: We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

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I enjoyed reading this story right from the opening page! It’s a heart warming, moving and very enjoyable mild romance. Jake, the dashing cowboy every girl falls head over heels for, has a vulnerable side to him that makes him forgivingly lovable, no matter what his past holds. Emily, the elder sister of the two and a fiery redhead who still holds a grudge against him, keeps Jake’s feet firmly on the ground, and in more ways than one! And then there’s the lovely Casey, everything a man could wish for in a woman – but is she the one for him?

Hot without the sex? Definitely! Accuracy accounted for? Without a doubt! Wishing I had a cowboy like Jake to lie in the hay with? YES PLEASE!


The author of this story packed a lot of story into a small package and does it with great skill. The characters are very real, none of them too perfect or too evil. ... The author does a good job of reintroducing the characters to each other .... Bode is also a great character who realizes just how great Emily really is. He seems to be the one person who recognizes Em’s beauty without having it pointed out to him, making him the smartest person in the story in my opinion. The author does a wonderful job of describing small tourist town life as well. -- Maura at The Romance Studio -- Rated:  Four Hearts

A recommended read for sure with a wonderful storyline! Well done, Marianne! --
Debby - Simply Romance Reviews  -- Rated:  A and an Outstanding Read


Get ready to savor every moment of this delightful read. "A Change of Heart" is a page-turner...Marianne Arkins produces a star-studded read I enjoyed immensely. With realistic characters she allows the players to emit love, jealously, betrayal, and a turn of the heart to make all things flow at their own pace. The reactions and justifications of each of them are brought out in a way that threw the reader into the scenes, making one feel a part of it. Heartwarming and wonderfully spun, this story packs a wallop of an exciting tale. -- Linda - Fallen Angel Reviews -- Rated:  5 Angels

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