Relative Best

Foothills Pride series, Book 5

by Pat Henshaw

Sometimes love sneaks up when you’re least looking for it….

Zeke Bandy, owner of Bandy’s Finest Hotel in Old Town Stone Acres, California, is too busy for love. Not only does he oversee the operations of the historic hotel and uphold his family’s tradition of offering refuge to strays and runaways, Zeke also sings and plays down-home music two nights a week at the Stonewall Saloon and for occasional celebrations. Then Zeke meets Victor Longbow, the man of his dreams.

Vic isn’t looking for love either. In fact, because of his upbringing in a strict, white foster family, Vic’s not sure he believes in love. He’s in Stone Acres to open a branch office of a national brokerage firm. He’s also hoping to find a vintage photo of what might be his Native American ancestor.

After their paths cross, they become friends, then more. Connected by their experiences as orphans raised by flawed fathers, Zeke and Vic realize that some men must find love, hone it, and create families for themselves.

This book is on:
  • 3 To Be Read lists
  • 3 Read lists
Excerpt:
Reviews:Dan on Love Bytes Reviews wrote:

I really enjoy this author’s stories. I’ve really come to like the town of Stone Acres, California and its inhabitants while reading this series, and it feels like a real place that I could go and visit. Now I’ve got a place to stay. Bandy’s Finest Hotel sounds like the ideal vacation location to me!
I liked the story, and I’m definitely recommending it. I’d recommend reading the other four installments as well. They could easily be read as standalones since the characters flow over, but the storylines don’t. It is an enjoyable short, fast read.

Christy Duke on Rainbow Book Reviews wrote:

Another lovely addition to the series. Zeke and Vic are perfect for each other and it was wonderful to see them fall in love. I also really liked the way the author wrote about family, the ones we're born to and the ones we make for ourselves. Thank you, Pat!

on MM Good Book Reviews:

I have absolutely been loving Pat Henshaw’s Foothill Pride series and Relative Best is a fantastic addition to this wonderful world.
When the two men meet the sparks fly straight away. Both guys are strong men but they are simply great together.
This is an enjoyable story and a great addition to the series. I found this to be full of emotion and fully relatable.

on Three Books Over the Rainbow:

Relative Best was like fresh air for me. This story is a real gem with a unique writing style and two intriguing, lovable MCs.
Writing a good short story is never an easy task. Making it great is even more difficult. Pat Henshaw does exactly that, getting your attention right at the beginning, keeping your curiosity intrigued, and giving you a heartwarming, fulfilling plot with lots of emotions and true feelings.

Melanie on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words wrote:

Pat Henshaw’s rich and wonderful Foothills Pride series keeps rolling along with this latest edition, Relative Best.
Relative Best is that romantic story that I have come to expect from Pat Henshaw and the Foothill Pride series. The characters have a somewhat complicated, with perhaps a dark history. The ties to the town goes almost to the bedrock and somewhere history will popup and become part of the tale. All that happens here and with wonderful characters to boot.


About the Author

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska and promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat has enjoyed visiting Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and relishes trips to Rome, Italy, and Eugene, Oregon, to see family.

Now retired, Pat spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.


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