Mars with Venus Rising

May 11th, 2016. Filed under: Wednesday's Wonders.

Mars with Venus Rising

By Hope Toler Dougherty

A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all—including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.
Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she’s worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.
When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn’s view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him . . . and discovers he’s a pilot.


Penn has her life planned out. She’ll pass the CPA exam and move out so that her aunts can move back to their home.

Then along comes John. It seems as if he’s moved to her small town of Mars just to irritate her. All poor John wants is to make some friends in his new home town.

Penn starts softening up and maybe even falling for him until she learns he’s a pilot. Then all bets are off. No way, Jose. She’ll stick to her car and wayward horse.

Is there no way at all for John to work himself back into Penn’s heart? It doesn’t look like it.

Thank you, Hope, for this fun book. I’ll look forward to reading your next novel.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and have two daughters and twin sons.

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