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Kissed by a Cowboy: A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance by Debra Clopton Thomas Nelson ISBN 978-1-4016-9053-3

Just one kiss and its aftermath had a huge impact on the futures of Cassidy Starr and Jarrod Monahan. Jarrod immediately left for a new life in Montana and Cassidy married a man who caused her a great deal of pain. Now divorced, she moves to Wishing Springs, Texas to start over. She had been left a property that she will turn into strawberry farm and bed and breakfast. What is not in her plans is reconnecting with Jarrod who retuned to Wishing Springs to manage his family’s ranch which is next door to her property. While Cassidy is positive she never wants another relationship, Jarrod is just as sure that he wants a family that includes Cassidy.
There is much that happens in this heartwarming story. Jarrod remains devoted to his ailing grandfather while trying to find the cattle rustlers stealing cattle from the ranch. But, even this does not stop him from trying to convince Cassidy they belong together. Even though she acknowledges her attraction to him, she remains resolute. It takes a near tragedy to make her reconsider her convictions. Will she face her fears and give this man a chance?
I found this to be an engrossing and well written story. The author has created vivid and realistic characters- people that the reader can relate to. The author brings to the reader a story about family, love, community and faith. Highly recommended.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchel; Bethany House ISBN 978-0-7642-1038-9

Who would have thought that the paths of the daughter of a con man and a West Point cadet would ever cross? In Siri Mitchell’s historical novel, Flirtation Walk, Lucinda Pennyworth’s life intersects with that of Seth Westcott. Lucinda has received word that her father died and she reaches out to her mother’s family with the hope that they would give her a home. Her father had raised her to be an accomplice to his swindles and cons and now that she is free of him she wants a different life. She regrets her past and tries to live a life that embraces honesty and love. Because her uncle teaches at West Point, she is introduced to Seth who is distinguished cadet and a romance blossoms. Can Lucinda and Seth make a life together?
Circumstances in this story change quickly. Seth’s sister becomes the victim of a con man who tricks her out of her and Seth’s inheritance. Because of the academy’s strict rules, Seth is unable to travel to help his sister. Not to worry- because his eclectic and loyal friends devise a plan that will place him closer to sister and on the trail of the man who conned her out of the money.
The story is told alternately in Lucinda and Seth’s voices. The secondary characters absolutely shine and their relationships with the protagonists are intriguing. The plot is both complex and imaginative. The author has crafted a beautifully told story that is filled with wisdom, heart and love and it holds the reader’s attention until the end. I highly recommend reading this engrossing novel.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers and I give this review of my own free will.

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The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer ; Zondervan ISBN 9780310339724

In Kathryn Springer’s novel, The Hearts We Mend, readers meet Evie who functions best when things are orderly and under control. Widowed at an early age, she raised her young son alone. Her son is getting married and Evie is facing a major life change. But, not in the way she expected. Suddenly, Jack comes into her life and order and planning go out the window. Jack comes with baggage that includes a damaged family that he cares deeply for. It’s not that he wouldn’t welcome a less complicated life than the one he has, but he survives by being flexible and adapting to the life he has.
The story is set in Banister Falls, a close knit community, where people care about each other. Jack is an outsider and people are curious about him. Does he pose a danger to Evie? Evie and Jack are special and realistic characters who know how to love. Can they take that knowledge and make a life together? The back stories of the diverse secondary characters are an important part of the novel. They don’t all come from the same part of the community and there are challenges in bringing them together.
I found this to be a well told story. Written with warmth and sensitivity, the author brings to the reader a beautiful story about memorable people.

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