- Series: Wed in the West (Book 2511)
- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition; Original edition (October 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373659938
- ISBN-13: 978-0373659937
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since 1998, three-time RITA-award winner (A MOTHER'S WISH, 2009; WELCOME HOME, COWBOY, 2011; A GIFT FOR ALL SEASONS, 2013), Karen Templeton has been writing richly humorous novels about real women, real men and real life. The mother of five sons and grandmom to yet two more little boys, the transplanted Easterner currently calls New Mexico home.
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Back in New Mexico inheriting half of her estranged father's ranch is the last place Deanna Blake thought she'd be at this point in her life but here she is. She always hated the loneliness of country living, and is anxious to sell so she can get on with her life in the big city ... which will soon include a baby!
Josh Talbot has always considered the ranch his home, and he would love to stay there running it, but he can't afford to buy out Dee's half. He reluctantly agrees that he and his young son will start over elsewhere with their proceeds from the sale, but as they all join together to get things ready to go on the market, will the happiness they come to share show them that selling and going their separate ways might not be what they really want to do anymore?
Twenty-somethings Deanna Blake and Josh Talbot were close ten years ago. Closer than Deana’s widowed rancher father thought they should be. So, he farmed Deanna out with her maternal aunt and uncle, moving her off the family’s New Mexico ranch and out to the East Coast to finish school and go to college.
Crushed by the loss of her budding relationship with Josh, and unable to understand why her father sent her away, Deanna makes a life for herself as an art dealer in the city. Estranged from her dad, and seven-months-pregnant by a man who wants nothing to do with her or his coming child, Deanna receives a devastating blow: her father, Granville, has died, and she must go home to bury him and help handle his affairs.
But home includes Josh, who is now the ranch manager and who was like a son to Granville. At the reading of Granville’s will, both he and Deanna are met by a huge surprise. Granville has left the ranch to them both, as equal partners. Deanna sees her inheritance as an opportunity to secure her coming daughter’s future. After all, the ranch is worth a small fortune, and selling it would provide security for both she and her child. But Josh sees the inheritance as something he’s always dreamed of, a ranch of his own, on which he will be calling all the shots.
Sparks fly between the two as they hammer out a plan to renovate the property and then sell it for top dollar. But the longer Deanna spends on the home place, the more she comes to realize her life back in tantalizing enticement to stay in New Mexico and make a life—with them. And really, selling the ranch might turn out to be like selling a piece of her soul.
Karen Templeton is an accomplished writer. A member of the Romance Writer's of America prestigious Hall of Fame, three-time RITA Award winner Templeton has once again finely drawn flawed characters working through problems to a satisfying conclusion. Her dialogue shines, seamlessly drawing the reader into the world these people inhabit. Templeton crafts this story with strong doses of both pathos and humor, bringing out the best in her characters, even in the worst of times.
I highly recommend this title. This is my honest review written after reading a complimentary copy of this book.
Living on the east coast, I love reading westerns and getting a glimpse into a different lifestyle and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the New Mexico landscape.Karen Templeton has written a heartwarming winner.
Deanna and Josh had been friends in their younger years until Deanna's mom died,then she was sent to live with her relatives in D.C. Now a very pregnant and single Deanna has returned,and many memories and emotions are stirred up for both of them. Then worse is the fact that Deanna's father has left the ranch to both Josh and Deanna.
There are now many dilemmas for both of them and their futures and the answers aren't at all simple.
Next come the holidays which are very interesting for everyone,and during this many truths surface which had been hidden or not realized.
What will Deanna and Josh do now? Do they return to their lives as they know or look for change? All of these questions make this a really great read that draws you in from the beginning and holds you until the end.
This is another wonderful book by Karen Templeton which I highly recommend to begin your holiday reading early.