Where family bonds are made and broken, and where young love sparks as old flames grow dim, Ransom Canyon is ready to welcome—and shelter—those who need it
With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubilee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she's inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and the abrasive foreman she's forced to hire are all she's got.
Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he's been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubilee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic.
Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. And when he finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation, his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.
Another lovely installment to the Ransom Canyon series. The story is told, like always in the series, by multiple points of view, with one couple, Charley and Jubilee in the front and center.
The story between Jubilee and Charley is a tale of survival, making your own destiny, finding your happiness at the moments you are in, and learning to love again, after life has kicked you to the curve too many times. Jubilee doesn't even believe she has a heart, so many times she has been left behind, and those bitter words have been thrown on her face.
But they find a tune together, even though so opposite of each other, in personality, they learn to work together, share their dreams, goals, and future hopes, and somehow, manage to build a new family, a family of a heart, and a pack that sticks together no matter what they face. I absolutely adore them together, and their story is touching, tender, and delicate, yet it has moments of pure passion and more strength, than most ever have.
Since the beginning of the series, Lauren, Lucas and Tim, as well as the sheriff, have part of the story, and one of the major draws to come back for more, has been following their life. I always wished for another kind of second chance for Lauren and her first love, but I guess it wasn't written in the stars, as I hoped.
The danger and life and death moments, that Tim, the sheriff and Thatcher bring to the tale, give extra spice to the story, and excitement, that nicely moved the story along.
The Ransom Canyon tales always pull me into that world, and it takes a while after I finish a book, to 'come back' again. The lovely small town, the lively characters, and their destinies, just take over and fill your mind. The stories are well written, with a natural flow in them, and after a wile, you feel like you are part of the town, visiting old friends, and getting to know few new ones.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me