Ok, I just barely finished His Reluctant Rancher by Roxanne Snopek for today's post. It's not like I was dreading it. Actually I quite enjoyed the story. I kind of procrastinated to the last minute and basically spent yesterday reading the story. However, I made it. YAY! (Crowd cheers; ok there's no crowd, but they would if they were here). Since this is part of a blog tour I will give you book blurb as you would find at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and so forth:
Title: His Reluctant Rancher (Three River Ranch, #2)
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Genre: Category – Contemporary Romance
Length: 210 pages
Release Date: February 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-873-1
The last place city girl Desiree Burke expected to find herself was living at and working on a ranch, much less butting heads with the ranch’s sexy cowboy owner, Zach Gamble. But that’s exactly where she ends up after an incident at work leads her to her best friend Rory’s doorstep. Desiree is a gifted physical therapist, and Rory knows exactly where her brand of tough love is needed the most.
Zach’s been through hell and back. A devastating car crash left his brother gone, his father paralyzed, and him with mental scars a mile wide. His survivor guilt alone makes him sure he doesn’t deserve to find love. But as Des works her way into his ranch, his family, and his life, suddenly the last person who belonged there is the only one he believes belongs…with him.
The last time we saw Desiree was in Three River Ranch trying to talk her friend Rory to move back to Billings. However, Rory ended up staying at Three River. Which happens to be a good thing, because Des is having a tad bit of problem at the beginning of the story and needs a change of scenery. Plus, Carson's buddy Zach is in need of help and Des is the perfect person to help. After all she happens to be an excellent physical therapist. She might be the right person to help Zach's father recover and possibly the rest of the family.
I really enjoyed this story. I love the dynamics between the hero and the heroine. Especially when they are so similar in so many ways and yet contrast in others. Both of them carry a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, but so afraid to ask for help.
Des has abandonment issues, so when things look unsteady she picks up and leaves before they can get worst. Plus, she tends put out this personal that she's better than you attitude, which tends to put people off like Zach's sister. However, that all stems from her childhood. Goodness, childhood can be rough.
Zach being the oldest of Gamble family has some serious issues. They seem to come out more after the car crash. A lot has to do with survivors guilt and other underline issues. For instance, wonder if his parents truly loved him even though he was adopted and his other siblings were biological (that does take a toll on a person).
Overall, a good read. Ms. Snopek is able to bring to joy out of the darkness in this story. Yes, it is heart-tugging with a family conquering the struggles of life. One of my favorite lines in the story sum up the ups and downs of life perfectly:
"Sometimes we lead. Sometimes we follow. Sometimes we get lost. But the main thing is, we're on the journey together."
And that's the most important thing to remember, that through struggles we don't have to be alone. So, I hope you get a chance to read His Reluctant Rancher, because it gives a new hope when tragedy happens.
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Roxanne Willems Snopek is an award-winning freelance writer of everything from corporate newsletters to personal essays. Author of the Amazing Stories series of true life animal adventures, she now focuses on fiction. Snopek grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in British Columbia.
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