Bound by a Child
Pony Express rider Jacob Young is a man of action, which is why when he sees a little girl caught in the middle of a stampede, he races to her rescue. And he soon discovers the child is the half sister he hadn't known he had. The more time Jacob spends with adorable Daisy and her beautiful guardian, ranch owner Lilly Johnson, the more he realizes they're filling all the lonely corners of his heart.
Wary Lilly can't deny the cherished feelings that overcome her when Jacob vows to protect her and Daisy from any harm. And she can't help but hope that maybe they can put their past hurts aside and forge a future together as a full-fledged family.
An unexpected family, life on the ranch, danger and threats, and the sweetest budding love story made this story a one that was hard to put down, once I started to read it.
Jacob is such a good man, the first book in the series proved it, and this one confirms it. His caring, protective manners, his hard working attitude, and fairness towards fellow man makes him very likable. His search for his biological mother is heartbreaking, you just want all the best for him.
The sisters, Lilly and Daisy are adorable together. Daisy is so full of energy, a little sunshine indeed. Lilly is working hard, she is fair, sweet, and kind person. She does have a hard time trusting Jacob, but Jacob also holds an untrusting heart, because of his mother's actions.
The life at the ranch is interesting, the power struggles, the routines, the little joys, and shared burdens, all parts of life. The mysterious attempts to harm little Daisy, the incidents at the ranch, missing livestock, all put the characters on their toes, and gives more spice to the tale.
Both Jacob and Lilly, with all their positive attributes, have one negative thing in common, they don't trust easy, they are not looking for a relationship, to fall in love. But in each other they see something, that makes them build new dreams and hopes, and as they get to know each other, they form a team, a unit, and deeper feelings take root, and hope for something much more comes to alive.
With little faith, a lot of prayer, guidance and forgiveness, hope for the lighter, brighter, love and family filled future, just might be possible for Jacob and Lilly.
~ Four Spoons
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