Recovering from a difficult divorce and having problems with her daughter, Shelby accepts a summer job cooking at a family-run dude ranch. Read more...
Recovering from a difficult divorce and having problems with her daughter, Shelby accepts a summer job cooking at a family-run dude ranch. She hopes the animals will be just what her daughter, Lizzie, needs. Little does she know that ranch life will work some healing magic on her too.
When Shelby meets the head wrangler, Foster, she is put off by his brusque nature, but Lizzie takes an instant liking to the cowboy and his horses. While both Foster and Shelby have been scarred by love, it's not long before Shelby is drawn to the rugged cowboy and his thoughtful ways.
But with summer nights in short supply and Foster wary of falling for a city girl, a simple summer romance soon grows complicated. As the days dwindle, Shelby will have to decide not only what is best for her daughter, but also where her future--and her happiness--will be found.
- ISBN-13: 9780451239822
- ISBN-10: 0451239822
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: June 2013
- Page Count: 384
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 6.29 x 4.8 x 1.02 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Boston single mom Shelby and her nine-year old daughter, Lizzie, needed a change of scenery, and a dude ranch in Wyoming is as different as it gets. Little did Shelby realize that when she became Mustang Ridge’s summertime cook’s assistant, she also joined the ranch family. The owner and staff collectively embrace Shelby and shower Lizzie with love and attention. Estranged from her own family and bitterly divorced, Shelby is not used to people being nice to her. Ranch life, with beautiful horses, tasty food, and loving companionship, is good for troubled Lizzie, and Shelby finally decides to do something kind for herself by dating head horse wrangler Foster. The Wyoming backdrop is beautiful, watching a foal being born is miraculous, ranch life sounds like a lot of fun, and Foster and Shelby are sweet and tender with each other, but this contemporary Western is slow, meandering, and missing that crucial spark. Agent: Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency. (June)