- File Size: 646 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Barbara McMahon (February 15, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07962DVHX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blake Reynolds has worked hard trying to keep the rundown ranch running since the death of his bitter paternal grandmother, who died months after her only son. While she was a renown artist, she was bitter when it came to her own family, shunning her son for the woman he married, rejected her grandson, and then placing dire stipulations on him to be able to inherit the ranch that she has allowed to run down.
“Crazy reason for marriage—a necessary change of lifestyle and the discharge of a debt.” “If nothing else, this marriage should prove to be an interesting merger.”
Julianne Dawson never knew her father, was raised by a single mother who died when Julianne is turning nineteen and was in college. The only family she remembers is her Uncle in Texas at the Bar-XT ranch that she would visit for a few weeks in the summer. There was one ranch hand, Blake Reynolds, that she had a crush on. What a shock to learn he was seeking a mail-order bride, and she was answering the ad. Due to a health scare, warning she must change her lifestyle, and rejection from the man she had been involved with for several years, the ad is her new lifeline for happiness.
The plot will have Julianne driving to Wyoming after giving up the high-profile life she had in Manhatten with the intention of marrying Blake. At least they knew each other and weren’t total strangers. What a shock to arrive and see how run down the ranch actually was. Then to learn that he doesn’t have time to wait, he needs to marry and produce an heir, and he is on borrowed time.
The situation adds plenty of angst, a little bit of anger, not enough trust, and a pending deadline to produce an heir. While Blake has a son, even if he didn’t learn of him until the boy was a teenager, the will states “legitimate heir,” and he wasn’t married to Shell’s mother who is now deceased. Blake has trust issues with women, and it will affect the relationship between him and Julianne.
The story has a secondary story of Shell, and Loni, who dated and when she became pregnant, she blamed Shell and is bitter. Shell has asked her repeatedly to marry him, and she refuses because she is determined to leave Sweetwater, Wyoming, and head to a big city and become a famous painter. But what about the baby she is carrying?
Julianne feels like an outsider with the way that Blake and Shell treat her, they are bitter that she has answered Loni’s questions about New York, and there is so much tension in the household. Blake insisted on a prenup and refused to allow Julianne to help with any of the finances, even though she has her own money.
“I’m not trying to take away your home. I’m only trying to make it mine, too.”
What happens when someone from New York shows up and tries and to get Julianne to return with him? Blake is blasé about it all and encourages her to meet Steven for dinner, but that leads to a life and death situation. Will nearly losing the one thing he thought he wanted more than anything be the wake-up call to what is important? Will Loni give up her baby and Shell to pursue her dream to be a famous artist or will she learn that other things are more important?
Blake is determined to fulfill the terms of his Grandmother's will. In order to inherit the ranch, he has to get married & produce a legitimate heir within a 2 year time frame. He's already wasted 1/2 of the time trying to find a way around it. He doesn't trust any woman. He's afraid they'll try to steal his ranch. Can he learn to trust Julianne?
This story really had two plot lines. Julianne & Blake are trying to find a way to develop a relationship between them. Julianne has left New York & is anxious to settle on the ranch. Loni & Shell had a relationship that Shell would like to continue but Loni is desperate to leave the ranch. I enjoyed their interactions & how they began to grow & form a family.
Can all these characters find what they are looking for. Once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down. Barbara McMahon has given us a great book. Must read.