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Of course there's a mystery and encroaching danger which contributes to the page-turning compulsion of this read. As does the touching faith thread about the nature of our relationship with God. This one is Awesomesauce with a capital A!
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest historical romance from Stacy Henrie. There’s humor and affection, faith and romance, a dime-novel-loving housekeeper, a British cowboy and a female Pinkerton agent. I mean, really – What’s not to love?
Maggy is such a layered character – from the domestic abuse she suffered in her past to her great success as a detective. Although she still struggles with feelings of worthlessness, she has risen above the unthinkable and broken down gender barriers. I also love that she kept both a strong will and a tender heart. Edward is the delicious combination of two swoony hero-types: the brooding British bachelor and the cowboy. He too struggles with his self-worth and a fear of failure, and I loved the way that he and Maggy help each other find their own sense of value. This tenderly-penned theme – also seen with Maggy’s friend Vienna – is one that many of us need to hear and remember: we aren’t worthless, we aren’t a failure, and we are not what we do or what happens to us.
In between the sweet romance (some great kisses in here!) and the mystery they’re trying to solve and the message of worth in God’s eyes … Henrie adds in some great touches of humor that keep the book from getting too heavy. Lots of moments to make you smile – like Edward’s reaction to Maggy’s impromptu decision about their temporary engagement. Or Mrs. Harvey’s love of dime novels – and how it comes in handy more than once for Maggy’s case. And then there’s the last few pages which just had me grinning ear to ear in delight!
Bottom Line: Peppered with humor and gentle truth, The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement is a great read from start to finish! Henrie’s sense of timing shines, as well as her ability to create dimensional characters who quickly feel like dear friends. The friendship-turned-romance is swoony and sweet, and the suspense gives the plot purpose without overpowering it. Stacy Henrie’s novels are always wonderfully enjoyable, and this one is no exception!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
I’m always so glad to find new authors I like. Stacy Henrie is now on my “buy as soon as it is released list”. The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement was a great story with mystery, romance, and life lessons about the love of God.
Both Edward and Maggy had been hurt in the past and had to learn to trust and to love. Edward was the third, and therefore expendable, son of an Earl. The woman he loved abandoned him for his older brother. He struggled with feelings of insignificance, but had a deep love for God.
Maggy had lost her mother when she was a young girl. When her father refused to bring her to church and began to turn to alcohol and violence towards her, she felt that God had abandoned her. And after marriage to man just like her father, she trusted neither man nor God. So when she became a widow at an early age, she decided that she was the only one she could rely on.
The growing relationship between Maggy and Edward was sweet and tender. I loved that Edward had so much integrity that he wouldn’t settle for a fake engagement. He was determined to not lie about anything.
As he watcher her go, aware of his empty hands, Edward wondered how one could feel the loss of something one didn’t truly have in the first place.
There are references to physical abuse in the book, not only in Maggy’s life, but another woman in the story, but they are simply that without descriptions of the actual acts.
This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net
I am grateful to Prism Book Tours for giving me a copy of this book. The fact I received this book for free does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.