Marietta home town girl Kendall Dixon knows who she is and what she wants, even if the stubborn and slow-smiling cowboy who owns her heart is long gone from Montana.
Rancher Brent Ashton returns to Marietta to care for his sick mother. Haunted by the death of his father, he must save his derelict home and resist rekindling the romance with the only girl he’s ever loved. He can’t let her sacrifice her dreams for him.
But the shy and sweet Kendall he left behind has become a strong and determined woman. A woman who won’t let her cowboy walk away for a second time.
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This sweet second chance romance tells of the heartbreak caused by good intentions and two people prone to too much selflessness for their own good. Brent has always loved Kendall, but four years ago he left Montana and broke Kendall’s heart by not returning. Except now he’s back and it’s soon clear that neither one has got over the other, despite distance, well meant intentions and years of heartache.
I liked Kendall. She might have been shy and sweet growing up, but she’s no pushover now. She’s a naturally kind person who happily goes out of her way to help others where she can, but she also has a strong determination at her heart. She knows what she wants, regardless of what anyone else has planned for her.
Brent is also a good person, but just a little prone to listening to the advice of others rather than trusting his heart. It was because of his father that he left the only home he ever wanted, and thanks to another that he stayed away for so long, thinking that he was doing the right thing. He is sweet and honourable, if a little misguided, and although I understood his fears – thanks to his father – I did wish he would stop listening to everyone except Kendall. Luckily for him she’s patient as well as giving.
Along with the romance it was nice to be back in the heart of Marietta again, catching glimpses of others from the Wildflower Ranch series, as well as catching hints of the other stories that might lie in store for the rodeo this year. I was also delighted to catch my first glimpse of a possible Marietta/Cherry Lake crossover – can’t wait to see if that turns into anything more.
If you want something sweet and undemanding, with a likeable heroine and a lovely, if misguided hero, then you will probably enjoy this. Especially if you’re a fan of Marietta and the Wildflower Ranch series in particular. Newcomers will find plenty to enjoy too, as long as cowboys and romance are your thing. I look forward to the next rodeo tale, and will keep an eye out for Izzy in Cherry Lake soon.
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