Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest novel for the emptiness of the desert. Answering an ad to be “heiress” to a vast cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory, Kate hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels.
But what awaits her is a life harder than the one she just left. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early. But she is tenacious.
Having been abandoned by a string of men, Kate has no intention of ever marrying. But she didn’t expect to meet Luke Adams, either. Luke awakens feelings inside Kate she doesn’t recognize, and his steady presence is a constant distraction. She has only written about love in the past, never known it herself. But her feelings for Luke stand in the way of all she has to gain if she is chosen as the heir.
Perhaps God brought Kate to the barrenness of the desert to give new life to her jaded heart.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved how Margaret Brownley was able to weave Scripture into the book without it seeming stiff and forced. Ruckus was a kind, gentle cowboy who was firm in his work ethics and his faith. This book was a little predictable, but not enough to make it unenjoyable. I loved how Kate, the writer, actually writes a book within the book and how the writing of one of the books is therapy for her and helps her with her own past.
I am hoping that there will be another book... I am so interested in Michael and also Eleanor, and I want to know what happens in their lives. That is how much this book pulled me in... there were times I cried and laughed.