Book Review: The McCarran Collection by Liz Adair

mccarranTitle: The McCarran Collection
Author: Liz Adair
Publisher: Century Press
Release Date: August 4, 2015

Book Summary:

Bridget Olasfson, a beautiful archivist hiding secrets, comes to Utah’s brilliant red rock country to catalog the McCarran Collection. Though she’s sworn off men in her life, she’s attracted to Ben, the bad-boy, off-road racing McCarran cousin. But it’s Lew McCarran, the tall, quiet cousin, she turns to when she finds herself caught up in a dangerous intrigue involving a lost boy, a drug cartel, and death. What will she do when the only way to save the boy is to give up the man she loves?

Part romance, part cozy mystery, part thriller, The McCarran Collection is, last of all, a novel about family ties.


I was not sure whether I would like this book or not, but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed following the twists and turns the story took and the surprising connections that came about. One of the things I loved most about the stories were the characters. Bridget learned more about herself. Lew had hidden depths. Diego was a sweetheart. Lark was a bit dotty but also a sweetheart. I thought the setting was well-developed. It makes me want to visit Kanab and Fredonia, along with revisit the towns just north of them where my grandpa grew up. I really liked the ending of the story.

Rating: 4 stars – Great Book
Content: some violence, mention of unwed pregnancy, passionate kissing
Source: Review copy

This book can be purchased from Amazon.


GREATER – Never Give Up On Your Dreams!


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When my oldest son was in school I often wondered if he’d graduate. At the time there was a math test students had to pass to get their diploma. School did not come easy for him. He had to work for everything he got. All too often he was frustrated and just quit trying.

A month into his freshman year he was moved into a remedial math class which he hated. He wanted to go back into the class he been in with Mrs. Anderson. She was a great teacher and he liked her much better than the teacher whose class he was moved into. Plus he didn’t like being in a special class for those who were failing.

He and I sat down and talked about why he had been moved down and what he would need to do to move back up. He would need to do his homework every day and do well on the tests. He was determined to do so and started studying and doing his homework. Then he started working ahead and teaching himself the upcoming concepts. Within 2 months he was back in the regular math class and earning an A. For Christmas that year he asked for math textbooks and would spend hours each afternoon studying.

At the end of his freshman year he received the “Heart of Thunder” award in recognition of his dedication and actions that left a lasting impression on his school community.

By the time he was a senior in high school he was in Calculus. At that point they had done away with the requirement that you had to pass the math test in order to graduate but even if they hadn’t he would have passed with flying colors.

Life still doesn’t come easy for him. He still has to work much harder than most people for everything. He’s been a great example of someone who preservers through difficulties and has achieved his goals. I’m very proud of him and what he has accomplished.



GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth that reminds us that any dream is possible. GREATER releases in select theaters today!



Releasing Tomorrow: Greater – Go see this movie!


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