Ten years after he eloped with Katie Montgomery’s sister, Chance Blackwell is back in Montana to sell his family ranch. Katie could lose her job and the only home she’s known. But the loyal cowgirl is keeping a secret that could shatter trust and jeopardize her future with the widowed musician and her toddler niece. Unless Chance’s growing affection for her and all things Blackwell can earn Katie his forgiveness—and his love.
The Rancher's Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Rancher's Homecoming is the fifth and final book of the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series and Anna J. Stewart has created a wonderful story to end the series. Chance Blackwell and Katie Montgomery, two of the characters mentioned in the previous books, are finally allowed to have their own story. Ten years ago Chance left the Blackwell Family Ranch and Falcon Creek, Montana to pursue his dream of writing and singing his songs and it seemed he was living his dreams and that joy and happiness had come his way. He had a career, a beautiful wife and a precious baby girl and then, Maura died and he was left with a three year old to care for. Now, almost two years later, Chance has been called back to Falcon Creek to help decide if the ranch will stay in the family or be sold. His doubts and concern are very evident in his thoughts upon arriving home. "There was nothing for him here. Nothing except memories of a place where he never belonged and a family he'd never fit into."
Katie Montgomery, his dead wife's sister, is employed at the ranch so her future is also at stake. She is given the opportunity to bond with her young niece Rosie and she also begins to see her former brother-in-law in a new light. As the tension escalates among the Blackwell brothers and their grandfather Big E, Katie recognizes that her feelings have changed. "She loved him. Her sister's widower. The boy she had grown up with. The teenager who had broken her family apart. The man, the loving father that he had become. She loved Chance Blackwell".
This story is filled with the many dynamics that occur when so many different personalities make up a family unit. There are moments of anger, resentment, deceit and mistrust and some of the deceit threatens any hope of a relationship between Chance and Katie. The troubled times, however, are buffered with times of fun, laughter, love and forgiveness and in the epilogue readers are given the chance to know how each of the five brothers are doing. There is even a surprise that involves their grandfather Big E.
This book and the entire series is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys romance, family drama and life on a ranch.
I received a complimentary e-book of The Rancher's Homecoming from Prism Book Tours but I voluntarily chose to write this review. This is my honest opinion.
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