A HORSEMAN'S HOPE
Grace Lorimer is too busy for a relationship...
And love is definitely out of the question while she works her way through college to earn her occupational therapist certification. Besides, her mother's string of failed relationships and broken promises proves romance is not worth risking her heart -- even when she begins to care deeply for single dad Ryan O'Keefe.
Four years after his girlfriend, Shana, became pregnant, Ryan still can't believe he's a father...and can't believe being anything else. His daughter is the light of his life. Now if only Shana could embrace motherhood and the three could become a real family...
Then Ryan receives shocking news about Shana, a his world is torn apart as he faces losing his daughter. Suddenly old feelings for Grace resurface, but is a whirwind marriage of convenience the answer?
The third book in a series centering on a therapy horse ranch, Johnson had me riveted from the get go. A Horseman's Hope reads well as a standalone but will make for a richer read if you are familiar with the characters from A Horseman's Heart and A Horseman's Gift.
Ryan's devotion to his daughter is incredibly appealing from the very first page. And little Christina transforms every scene she is in. The two-person O'Keefe clan is a force to be reckoned with, which is lucky since Johnson throws plenty of plot angst at them.
I loved the easy-going friendship between Grace and Ryan that's hovering on the edge of so much more. This is where the author really excels -- drawing emotion out of her characters and directly into her readers. Their story tugged at my heartstrings right to the joyful end.
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