Lacie Gentry, a young widow and mom, is struggling with the aftermath of her husband's tragic death. When she bumps into former classmate Quinn Remington, her future is undecided. She accepts a job teaching kids to ride at Quinn's neighboring ranch, hoping to revitalize her life with an old pastime but soon sees in Quinn a chance to move forward with new love…if she's ready.
It's been years since Quinn has seen lovely Lacie Gentry—the girl he always admired in high school but never came close to dating. By the time they met, Lacie was engaged to rodeo star Mel Gentry then happily married. Now Lacie's closer than ever. The attraction is still there, but so is a secret that might end any chance of romance.
Can they rise from the rodeo ashes?
I've never gotten inside the head of a heroine so quickly before. Within just a few pages I felt like I really knew Lacie and we bonded instantly. That's an amazing feat for an author.
Quinn is a cowboy after my own heart. Watching him wrestle with emotions from his past, which act as a stumbling block to his future is just agonizing. Especially the way the author feeds tantalizing bits of information that slowly build until we get the whole picture. Loved Quinn's tenderness and the gentle way he watches out for Lacie. And Lacie's stubborn attempts to resist, to be independent as she grapples with widowhood and being a single mom. So much emotion is packed into this read.
Vannatter has woven together a clever and moving story about love and forgiveness and God's ability to carry us through it all.
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