Series: Three Rivers Ranch Romance #1
on September 15, 2015
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A new Christian western romance from bestselling author, Elana Johnson, writing as Liz Isaacson for her contemporary adult romance debut.
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.
Christian romance is a completely new genre to me. I’ve read a few romances here and there, and I’m not ashamed to admit that most of those have been Jane Austen spinoffs. So, when I accepted this book for review I went in with a bit of trepidation about how this book would connect with me, a non-Christian romance reader.
First, the good. It’s very cleanly written. Meaning that the story flows very nicely, there aren’t lulls in the plot, and it’s a fast read. It’s also a very sweet story.
But, I have to be honest that overall, the book just isn’t for me. While I found Squire to be a likable character, his dialogue felt really choppy (frequent uses of “darlin'”, for example). The plot was smooth, and sometimes it was a little too smooth. The emotions and feelings of both the main character and the love interest seemed very surface level. There was a lot to explore with this novel (PTSD, divorce) so I was puzzled when so much seemed to ride on this rejected prom invitation. Added to that, the final conflict was very western and readers will see it coming from a mile away.
So, here’s the summary. For fans of Christian romance, this will be a very fun, sweet book to read. But, it probably won’t be making new Christian romance fans.