The setting of this story is charming and so is every last one of the characters. The premise is simple, but sweet. Romance blossoms softly and old friendships are revived. This contemporary tale is a lighthearted read with a hint of the old wild west.
I enjoyed getting to know Cassidy and Jarrod, but I’m afraid I didn’t connect to them as I would have hoped. Their relationship had some amusing moments, but I struggled believing the two of them and their up-and-down feelings for each other. I appreciated their goals and ambitions, especially Cassidy’s dream for a strawberry farm and B&B, but things just became a little too repetitious for me.
Yes, there are some predictable moments. Even so, I know many readers will still enjoy this easy-to-read tale of two old friends finally embracing true love.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . not for a cowboy to steal her heart.Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.
Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.
Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist who was first published in 2005 and has more than 22 novels to her credit. Along with her writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra is the author of the acclaimed Mule Hollow Matchmaker Series, the place readers tell her they wish was real. Her goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words. Visit her online at www.debraclopton.com, Facebook: debra.clopton.5, Twitter: @debraclopton.