I’m not sure Mary Manners is capable of “bad” writing. Lost in Lone Creek is another stellar example of this author’s gift for painting characters so real they take on flesh and blood and become best friends with the reader; colors so vivid they make rainbows on the page; and sights, sounds, tastes and emotions strong enough to be almost tangibly experienced. Carson Merrill and Jessica Tate each carry a lot of emotional baggage around, and they both have lessons to learn, and hearts to heal. Manners makes it all happen in the space of less than a hundred pages, and without sacrificing essential detail, quality of writing, and intricacy of storyline. Great start to the Lone Creek Ranch series.