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REVIEW: 30 Days Late by Dawn Carrington

Dear Ms. Carrington,

carrington-tdlate.jpgBuying your book was an impulse decision during Fictionwise’s February Romance sale. Thank you Fictionwise (even if you do need to step up your new ebook releases). Frequent readers to our site know I love books with rarely used settings and when I saw one set during the early 1930s, I just couldn’t resist.

Grace Austen is struggling to support her ten-year-old brother and keep up the payments on the family farm during the Depression. When she unwittingly saves the life of the man sent to repossess the farm, she’s determined to convince him to change his mind and he’s just as determined to let her. Nathaniel Sampson knows he should turn and run the second he realizes where the car accident has left him, but soon, he finds himself drawn to Grace and her precocious brother. Before he even realizes what’s hit him, he wants to save the farm as much as Grace does. Now, convincing the board of directors at the bank will be a different story altogether.

The Virginia farm that Nathaniel Sampson has come to repossess reminds me a lot of my grandparent’s place. My grandfather built that house just as Grace Austin’s father built theirs and your descriptions took me straight back to summers spent there as a child. You also have a good ear for Southern speech patterns. Though the degree of sensuality mirrors the “one foot on the floor” movie rating system of the times, it was easy to see just how much in love Nathaniel and Grace are by the end of the book. Brava for making that seem realistic. And though these two spar almost as much as they spark, I felt their relationship was even which made the encounters fun for me to read.

The last bit of the story struck me as maybe a little too much like a HEA on a three reel Hollywood picture but perhaps that’s the feeling you were aiming for. Anyway, this was a delightful way to spend an afternoon trying to dodge doing my income tax returns. Thanks. B


Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Dawn Carrington
    Mar 23, 2007 @ 20:42:41

    Dear Jayne,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book! I’m always appreciative of anyone who takes the time to let me know what they think (be it good or bad!).

    I was fortunate to have a very good resource when I wrote this book, my best friend’s grandfather who also built a house and maintained it through the Depression Era.

    Thanks again!

    Dawn Carrington

  2. Jayne
    Mar 25, 2007 @ 05:40:13

    My grandfather found out he wasn’t really an architect when he build their house. He built the first floor and put a fireplace in the main bedroom. Then discovered when they later decided to add a second floor, that the chimney was going to go through one of the upstairs bedrooms!

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