on December 26th 2018
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Come home to Winder Ranch in these two beloved stories, where broken hearts can find exactly what they need to heal--and love again
A COLD CREEK HOMECOMING
When Quinn Southerland returns home to Winder Ranch, Idaho, to find former high school queen bee Tess Claybourn serving as his dying mother's hospice nurse, he's far from pleased. But recently widowed Tess has done a lot of growing up since then. And as the two reconnect, she can't help but wonder if there's room in Quinn's tortured heart for forgiveness--and maybe even love...
A COLD CREEK REUNION
After Taft Bowman lost his parents ten years ago, he buried himself in a grief that shut fiancee Laura Pendleton out completely. But now she's back, recently widowed with two kids in tow, and Taft refuses to let her slip away again. Laura just wants a fresh start, but that's easier said than done when seeing Taft stirs up feelings she thought she'd left in the past...
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
PINES OF WINDER RANCH/A COLD CREEK REUNION by RaeAnne Thayne is the 10th novel in the Cowboys of Cold Creek series. It is a charming story of a second chance at love.
Taft Bowman and Laura Pendleton were engaged to be married when both of his parents were brutally murdered. Both Taft and Laura were young and they lacked the maturity to deal with this horrible situation. Taft’s grief caused him to shut everyone out, including Laura. Laura felt the situation was too difficult to deal with and she ran away to Spain. Several years later, now a widow with two children, Laura returns home to help her mother run the local hotel. Taft does some of the repairs needed at the hotel, giving him a chance to get to know Laura’s two children. Getting close to Laura again proves more difficult, however, as she avoids him whenever possible. Is there any hope for these two to get back together?
The characters in this story were very well written, and while at first, it was frustrating to watch Laura push Taft away over an over, it was easy to understand as she didn’t want to get hurt again. Taft recognized that he was still in love with Laura and that he wanted her back, and he especially came to love her children, a fact that plays heavily later in the story. The children, one of whom has Down’s Syndrome, were delightful, and I felt the author did a good job of expressing Laura’s desire for her daughter to have as normal a life as possible.
The pace of the story was a little slow at times and it took awhile for the rekindling of Taft’s and Laura’s romance to get on track. As the romance heated up, however, I was glad to see that the author kept this a sweet romance and left anything not PG rated up to the reader’s imagination.
RaeAnne Thayne is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I like that she is able to build a story and a romance without relying on sex to carry the story. I also feel she has a knack for writing interesting characters. The children in this story, for example, were especially well-written and engaging. I’m giving this chapter of the Cowboys of Cold Creek saga, which also serves as a good standalone novel, a four-star rating.
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this novel.