Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from author to review
Genre; Contemporary Western Christian Romance
Book Description: After his deployment, injured and discharged Major Squire Ackerman returns to Three Rivers Ranch, anxious to prove himself capable of running the cattle operation so his parents can retire. Things would be easier if the ranch wasn’t missing 1.6 million dollars, which forces Squire to hire Kelly, the girl who rejected his high school prom invitation, as his accountant.
She’s back in town with her four-year-old son, living in her parent’s basement until she can get her life back together. With fresh ink on her divorce papers and open gashes on her heart, she’s not ready for much beyond her new job on the ranch.
Squire wants to forgive Kelly for ignoring him a decade ago. He’d like to provide the stable life she needs, but with old wounds opening and a ranch on the brink of financial collapse, it will take patience and faith to make their second chance possible.
For fans of inspirational western romance authors Kimberly Krey, Becky Wade, and Denise Hunter.
My thoughts: Getting a second chance at life is not an easy task. Kelly is recently divorced Living in her parents basement in the town she grew up in. She is determined to get a fresh start and give herself and her son a solid future. Getting a good paying job is the first item on her list.
Squire is positive that hiring Kelly as the ranch accountant is a bad idea. She broke his heart as a teen, and he doesn't want a repeat of the past. He was wounded in battle and suffers from PTSD. He feels vulnerable and not up for the challenge of having her around.
I really like stories where the main characters have parts of their lives broken and find each other to help their healing process. I really liked the characters. They both have a past and are able to deal with their disappointments. I liked that there wasn't the drama of the ex-husband suddenly appearing. It was a straight forward story of a couple re-establishing life and finding a way to a happy future. (OK, there is some drama, but not a love triangle!)
In this book the main characters are Christian. They use their faith to help them in their healing process. I didn't find that it preached, it just enhanced their process toward forgiveness.
The book is a sweet romance. I found it to be clean and appropriate for readers of any age that can appreciate an adult romance.
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About Liz Isaacson: Liz Isaacson writes inspirational romance, usually in a Western setting because of her love of horses and cowboys. In her real life, she is Elana Johnson, hybrid author of several YA and adult romance novels. She is a teacher of technology and she wants to travel the world.
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