Monday 4 December 2017


Special Delivery
Mill Pond #6
By Judi Lynn
Releasing November 7th, 2017

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In Special Delivery (Mill Pond #6) by Judi Lynn, Karli Redding is a woman that loves being a travelling nurse and has never wanted to settle down for love and happiness. However, coming to Mill Pond to care for her aging and ornery grandfather, she finds something she never expected -- the man that could change her life for the better. And the more time she spends with Keagan Monroe, the harder she begins to find the desire to move on to her next nursing job. Will Keagan be able to convince Karli to stay, or will the decision be taking out of her hands?

What a very enchanting, fast-paced, delightful read Ms. Lynn has delivered in this sixth book of her Mill Pond series, which had me laughing at the way Karli stands up to her ornery grandfather and shows him that she's not going to put up with his meanness; had me smiling because of playful banter between the main characters and the matchmaking of the secondary ones; and had me reading quickly, determined to discover how everything would work out for Karli and Keagan. Will Karli stay in Mill Pond or will she move on?

The way this story started had me liking Karli immediately, as she doesn't have many fond memories of her grandfather, and yet, she's willing to help him and hopefully convince him to do what is right for himself since he can't continue to live at home by himself anymore. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time that drew me into this story completely, as their chemistry in instantaneous and wonderful and had me looking forward to the obstacles these two would have to overcome to be together with the biggest being whether the heroine could see herself ever settling down in one place.

Both the main characters were relatable, very likeable and I loved every moment they were together, as Keagan fights his feelings for Karli for fear of getting hurt again and Karli does everything she can to see where a relationship between them can go, if they're both willing to give into their feelings. Will Karli be able to convince Keagan to take a chance on her? Moreover, the heroine is resilient and courageous in the way she faces everything she does, especially with the way she goes head-to-head with her grandfather. No way will he treat her the way he does everyone else and get away with it. I also liked how kind and caring she is and that she didn't lose her patience with everything that happens with her grandfather and the secondary characters, even though there are times when it seemed appropriate to lose it. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was that she would do anything for family, which is proven by the way she handles everything her grandfather throws at her.

While the hero, his last relationship has left him unwilling to give another woman a chance until he can sort out his own life in terms of making more of his business as an artist. Will he find the perfect building to expand? However, in saying that, I liked that he took a chance on Karli and that he got the chance to make sure she remained in his life. I also liked how kind and caring the hero was and loved how he helps the people of Mill Pond, especially in the moments where he's doing his job as the town mailman or as a next door neighbor. I also liked his creative side, because the descriptions of the plates he makes sounded beautiful and interesting. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero is that he would do anything for family, which is proven by what he does that puts his chance of making his business bigger and better off for another year or so.

Overall, Ms. Lynn has delivered a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between Karli and Keagan was delightful; the romance nicely-detailed; and the ending had me sad for Karli and her family, but left me with a smile because of how things worked out for the hero and heroine. Finally, she has somewhere to call home again. I would recommend Special Delivery by Judi Lynn, if you enjoy the mysterious strangers trope, small town romances, or books by authors Allyson Charles, Stacy Finz, Kelly Moran and Melissa West. 

In Mill Pond, Indiana, neighbors always look out for each other. And even though tourists are drawn to the small town’s charms, it’s the locals who fill it with warmth . . .
Traveling nurse Karli Redding doesn’t have many fond memories of her aging grandfather, Axel—or of Mill Pond. But with Axel’s health in decline and Karli on a month’s hiatus between jobs, she volunteers to set him up with the help he needs. The house and her grandfather could both use some TLC. Good thing Keagan Monroe, the very attractive mailman next door, is always ready to lend a hand…
Not a lot slips by a mailman, and Keagan appreciates Karli’s dogged attempts to spruce up the neglected property. Painting, fixing the sagging porch, delivering a constant stream of casseroles from caring neighbors—he’ll help however he can, all while keeping his feelings under wraps. A short-term fling just doesn’t fit into his schedule. But with each passing day, Karli’s bond with the town grows a little deeper. Has fate sent her exactly where she needs to be? Karli’s willing to find out, and the first step is figuring out the perfect route to Keagan’s heart…

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She was eating at the wooden table in the kitchen with the oven on, soaking in the heat, when a mouse ran over her foot. 

            “Holy crap!”  She wouldn’t let herself jump on a chair.  She was a grown woman, and she wouldn’t scream over a mouse.  But she wanted to. 

            “You okay?”  Words she never thought she’d hear Axel utter. 

            “A mouse just ran over my foot.”

            He grunted.  “Yeah, they come in about this time of year when it gets cold outside.”

            She walked to the door to talk to him.  “How do you catch them?”

            “There are some traps in the broom closet.”

            She wrinkled her nose.  “I’m not going around the house to collect little dead bodies.”

            “Suit yourself.”

            She frowned at him.  “There must be something else.”

            “Mice leave when there’s a cat in a house, but when you leave, you take the damned thing with you.”

            “I don’t want a cat.”

            “Then kill the mice or start naming them.”

            She glowered toward Kurt.  “Mice are a man’s job.  He should deal with them.”

            Kurt finished a beer and swiped at his mouth with the back of his hand.  “They don’t bother me.”

            “They’re disgusting.  They spread disease and multiply faster than rabbits.”

            He shrugged.  “They don’t eat that much.  Put some cheese out for them.”

            She turned and stalked back to the kitchen.  The idiots!  She wasn’t about to start every day by sweeping away mouse turds.

Judi Lynn received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus.  She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters.  She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes.

In my sixth romance, SPECIAL DELIVERY, Karli Redding, a travelling nurse, volunteers to go to Mill Pond to arrange health care for her grandfather.  My daughter’s a travelling nurse, so it was fun making Karli one, too.  My daughter’s dealt with many an uncooperative patient, and I could hear her bantering with Axel.

Mill Pond’s mailman, Keagan Monroe—who’s easy on the eyes--let Karli’s mother know that Axel shouldn’t live alone anymore.  Keagan’s been dropping off cottage cheese, Ensure, and applesauce and keeping an eye on him, but he’s found the stove on three times when he stops by.  The problem is that Axel is of sound mind and as spiteful as ever, so refuses to cooperate with any fixes Karli finds for him.  He keeps telling her that one or more of his twelve children will come to care for him, hoping he’ll croak soon and leave them all of his money. 

Karli has a month off between nursing jobs, so she decides to stay with him until someone shows up.  Working in a hospital is not like living with a patient.  Axel can be a real pain.  I loved both of my grandmothers, but they didn’t grow warm and fuzzy when they got old.  They got more demanding.  Karli cooks for Axel and tries to get him to move more to build up strength.  That’s when she learns that Axel…and the hunky mailman she begins to lust over…can both be had with food.  There’s a lot of food in this book.  A reviewer warned not to read this when you’re hungry.  Probably because I love to cook for friends and family. 

I also have a love of old houses, and Axel’s house has great bones, but no one’s taken care of it for decades.  Karli can’t stand seeing such a beautiful house in such bad shape.  If she has to look at it every day, she might as well clean it.  And once she does that, she decides to paint some of the rooms.  Keagan loves the house, too, and pitches in.  The old house and the old man start to shape up.  And Karli realizes, the more she works on the house, the more Keagan’s underfoot.  A win/win😊

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