Before he left for Afghanistan, Jake O'Reilly had everything--a beautiful wife, a baby on the way, a wonderful life. Read more...
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Before he left for Afghanistan, Jake O'Reilly had everything--a beautiful wife, a baby on the way, a wonderful life. Three years later, his wife is dead and he is so haunted by his memories of war that he can't bring himself to go home. But when his wife's grandfather tracks him down and persuades him to come work on his ranch, where Jake's daughter is living, he agrees--even though he is reluctant to expose his little girl to the man he's become.
At Flying Cloud Ranch, his daughter doesn't recognize the brooding stranger he's become. But the beauty of the ranch and the immediate connection Jake feels with his wife's cousin Kira slowly begins to heal his wounds. Though he doesn't want any complications, he finds himself impossibly drawn to the tough woman who runs a horse therapy program for troubled teens. And as they each begin to imagine a new future, they discover that happily ever after is always within reach--if only you are willing to open your heart . . .
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-Big, bold, and sexy . . . Janet Dailey at her best - --Kat Martin on Texas True
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-30
- Reviewer: Staff
In romance legend Daileys touching first Americana novel (set in present-day Arizonas Sonoran Desert), wayward veteran Jake OReilly finally returns home after spending three years running from his wartime PTSD and his grief over the death of his wife, Wendy. Jakes daughter, Paige, now five years old, has been raised by his wifes cousin, therapist Kira Bolton. When Kiras grandfather tracks Jake down in jail, he agrees to post bail in exchange for Jake returning to the ranch, to the dismay of Kira, whos been keeping secrets about Wendy that she knows will only cause him more pain. Jake indirectly receives treatment by assisting Kira with her program of equine therapy for troubled teens; this shift in focus incorporates interesting subplots, provides a fresh take on PTSD treatment, and keeps the growing romance between Jake and Kirarather than Jakes recoveryin the forefront. Paige and her sweet innocence will tug at heartstrings, but theres no sugarcoating the work that Kira and Jake will have to put in to reach a happy ending, and the harsh truths of their story make this well-written, steady-paced story believable. (Mar.)