My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: I purchased this one.
Genre: Christian Romance/Old West
Book Description: When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.
Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.
Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.
My thoughts: I can understand the love a parent for a child and the importance of family loyalty and heritage. This book has all of that. Chance Bowden uses the love of the land to impress upon the importance of family.
The story begins as Chance is severely injured in a rock slide. He is whisked away to Denver in an effort to save his leg. He leaves behind his wishes that his children live in the family home for one year, or loose their inheritance. It's pretty drastic measures for a father to do.
It soon becomes clear that it wasn't an accident and then the story turns into a mystery and suspense novel. The adult children band together to save their home and each other. I enjoyed the family dynamic and the way the children could beat on each other, but if someone else tried, they banded together.
The book has romance too! Heath is a ranch hand who saves their father and is able to use his skills from other jobs to help the family find villain. Heath an Sadie Bowden have a connection from the beginning. It takes the threat of loosing someone to realize how much they mean to you
I read "The Bowden Legacy" (a novella that introduces the family) before this. I purchased this book because I received "Long Time Gone" the next book in the series to review. All the reviews said to read them in order. :)
This book contains violence and kissing. I would consider it clean.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.
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