Having a father is a big responsibility.
And finding him a wife is a challenge eight-year-old Becky Jones takes seriously. Ex-rodeo cowboy Taggart Jones is adamant. No marriage. Been there. Done that.
Not even if Becky's dream candidate is her beautiful, blonde teacher, Felicity Albright, who knows about barrettes, patching up scrapes, and hates carrots as much as his daughter. Taggart’s still not interested. Much.
What's a daughter to do? Becky’s nothing if not ingenious, and she’s determined to convince a stubborn Taggart and a bemused Felicity that they really have met their match.
This heartwarming story has a unique touch as part of it is told by Becky Jones's point of view. The kid has a lot to say, she is wild and free, yet respectful and loyal. She knows what she wants and her friend is teaching her how to get it. The shenanigans are on and her father of her teacher have no mercy as they try to find out what it is that they themselves want from each other.
Taggart Jones is not only a world champion bull rider, he is an excellent dad who has a warm, loving relationship with his daughter. They get along and understand each other better than most and the adoration is visible in both of them. When it comes to the women in his life, he avoids them. At any cost. He believes being damaged goods since his divorce and has no desire to walk into that direction again in his life.
Felicity Albright is a young, beautiful teacher, a widow for two years. She is all about the small town living since moving to Montana from LA. She is innovative with her teaching, she is passionate about her profession and reaching the kids and their minds and engaging them in the learning in the best possible way.
As the story progress, the point of view changes between the three. The story is adorable, with Becky doing her best to take care of her dad, and Taggart doing his best to avoid Ms. Albright. But the attraction is there and it is unavoidable, especially with the little help from Becky and the snowstorm. With some old-fashioned tunes at times, the story is good, light reading, it does dwell on the different teaching styles and their benefits, has some hairy bull riding moments, but mostly it is built of the charming romance developing and Becky's hand in the mix. A pleasant and pleasing tale
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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