After years away serving his country, Cole Bishop finally returns home—with a newborn baby in tow. As a single dad, Cole needs help. But the last thing he expects to encounter at his new job is his high school sweetheart—all grown up and more beautiful than ever. Tessa Applewhite might have broken Cole's heart years before, but she's never forgotten him. And he can wrangle her heart like no one else ever has. But Tessa rejected him when the stakes weren't nearly as high. Can Cole trust her again—and in the process, form a forever family?
A beautiful story, that demonstrates how love, kindness, caring and grace towards a person, can change their life.
The shock both Tessa and Cole feel, when they are working on the same ranch, after being twelve years apart, is evident. For twelve years, Cole has carried anger and resentment, after Tessa's public humiliation in front of the whole town.
The surprises Cole is facing at the ranch, don't end there. To find out, that instead of working as a wrangler, he is going to be a mentor for teenage delinquents, sets his world and head spinning. And if that is not enough, he is a single father of a seven week old baby, and now the whole town seems to be working on getting Cole and Tessa back together.
Both Tessa and Cole are filled with angst, remorse, dread, and unease with the turn of the events. But determined to do the right thing by the teens, they are trying to work together, learn to trust each other again, respect, and listen.
As the weeks at the ranch goes by, Tessa And Cole work with the teens, and mirror their own past history, to help the teenagers at the ministry. They rely on their faith, guidance, and hope of a peace of mind.
I admired how the story demonstrated faith to guide them, how a little bit of guidance and love could change the situations. The love Cole and Tessa have, never died over the years, but now they have an opportunity to meet as more mature adults, and make decisions from that foundation they had built over the years.
A very touching and poignant story
~ Five 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