Family, community, hard work. It’s what always draws the folks of Morgantown back to the ranch—along with the promise of so much more . . .
Widowed for ten years, now running the family ranch, Adam Miller is no longer the fun-loving guy who married his high school sweetheart the moment they graduated. His bitterness in the aftermath of her death even alienated his closest link to her—Lizzie Taylor, her best friend. But when Adam comes across Lizzie in a dire situation, he’s compelled to help—and finds himself with an unusual opportunity to make amends . . .
A struggling single mom, Lizzie’s extremely wealthy ex ran out on her when she got pregnant. But now he and his family have decided to fight for custody of her young son. When Adam shocks her by offering to pose as her partner, awkward as it may feel, it’s Lizzie’s best chance to hold onto her child. And as they strive to present a united front, their old friendship rekindles, sparking an unexpected attraction—along with past hurts and secrets. Soon they realize they’ll have to find a way to forgive if they want to move forward—especially with
each other . . .
Praise for Kate Pearce’s The Rancher
“Pearce’s fans and contemporary romance readers will want to pick this one up and read it to the end.”
“Fans of Pearce’s Morgan Ranch series and all who enjoy contemporary western romances will relish the love story.” --Booklist (Starred Review)
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Matters of the Heart
(Sunday, December 29, 2019)
Reviewer: Angela Anderson
The Rancher’s Redemption
Hot and sexy Adam Miller is not the same guy he once was. Affected by the death of the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, caused him to change and put up a steel wall to protect his aching heart. His lowly state is fueled by his intense emotions and pain he tends to harbor inside while shutting others out. Not to mention his deeply embedded hurt of the loss of his mother moving out when he was twelve, leading to his parents eventually divorcing.
Lizzie and Adam are both healing from the death of her best friend and Adam’s wife but they both have different ways of getting through the pain. One thing leads to another when Adam is at his lowest and in desperate need of being saved, leading to him not speaking to Lizzie for several years.
Fast forward a few years Adam finds himself assisting Lizzie to get her son, Roman to the doctor’s office after a sting. He happened to be in the right place at the right time; leading to an open door to make amends with Lizzie. Although time and forced distance had kept them apart, they both discover the awakening feelings and unexpected attraction they have for one another. Both a little hesitant to pursue and act on their feelings due to their past and the common denominator, Adam's one and true love.
Lizzie has her own set of trouble to deal with as her son’s family attempt to come after her with threats and nasty tactics leading to a custody battle. However, she feels compelled to be there for Adam and help him through the newness of his mother reentering his life and other changes that are all happening so fast. He in return feels compelled to help Lizzie and her son. They discover that they need each other but they must each learn to trust their inner self and feelings, allowing the other in, even when it leaves them open and vulnerable. Can they get past the events of the past to be free to live in the present and enjoy each other? They make a strong attempt to do so but hanging on to the past, the discovery of secrets and new truths may be too much for Adam and Lizzie to endure.
The Rancher’s Redemptions is made up of all the ingredients for a great Western romance. The discovery of secrets and truths surrounding the past, mixed with the twist and turns of rediscovering love creates a page-turner that has you in tuned with the characters from beginning to the end. Kate Pearce did a great job bringing you into the world of Adam and Lizzie and intertwining the lives of the other characters and close family members making for an awesome read.