Publisher: Love Inspired
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 17, 2019
Searching for forgiveness…and a future.
Suddenly a husband…and a father?
This bachelor is ready to claim his instant family.
After learning his ex-wife isn’t so ex after all, rebel turned rancher Dan Whitlock is determined to prove he’s a changed man…but Bailey Quinn is just as set on finally ending their marriage.
When tragedy makes Dan the guardian of little orphaned twins, he and Bailey are drawn back together. But can she forgive the past and open her heart to the family she’s always wanted?
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When I see the Love Inspired logo with the words heartwarming inspirational romance, I know that I will be both inspired and entertained. This book certainly doesn't disappoint! I haven't read the previous three books that Laurel Blount has set in Pine Valley, Georgia, but A Rancher to Trust makes me want to visit there. Since I am from a small town in Kentucky I'm sure that I would feel right at home.
A Rancher to Trust has a bad boy, the girl he left behind, and the classic plot twist of that bad boy trying to redeem his reputation. Dan Whitlock and Bailey Quinn were secretly married as teenagers but she was left alone when he left Pine Valley. When he returns several years later he faces town folk who don't believe that he has changed and the surprising fact that he is still married! Further complications arrive in the form of twin orphans who are suddenly put in his care. Dan needs a lot of help but does he have the nerve, let alone the right, to ask Bailey for help? Especially when she is now ready to sign those divorce papers!
Blount realistically shows how Dan is completely thrown off by being responsible for not just one, but two small children! Who wouldn't be overwhelmed? Bailey's hesitation to forget and forgive is very understandable and her ability to trust him again seems unlikely. And, even though I sympathized that Dan was given the cold shoulder by some of the locals, I know that reputations are hard to restore when your hometown is such a small place. With a lot of hard work and by listening to the advice of some of his more understanding neighbors Dan does manage to change his image and public opinion. It just remains to be seen if Bailey will be able to see the new, improved Dan Whitlock.
A Rancher to Trust reminds us that we all have made mistakes but we all can be redeemed; true repentance and forgiveness are the keys! I recommend this book for all who enjoy Christian romance.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary e-copy of this book that I received from the author. All views expressed are my honest thoughts.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laurel Blount lives on a small farm in middle Georgia with her husband, their four children, and an assortment of very spoiled animals. She divides her time between farm chores, homeschooling, and writing. She's busy, but she's never bored!
Laurel writes inspirational contemporary romance, and A Rancher to Trust is her fourth title for Harlequin’s Love Inspired. She’s the recipient of the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence and has been a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the New England Reader’s Choice Award. She’s represented by Jessica Alvarez of Bookends Literary Agency.
Whenever she's not working, you can find Laurel with a cup of tea at her elbow, a cat in her lap, and a good book in her hand.
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