When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she becomes the majority shareholder of his oil company and the single inheritor of his fortune. Though Meg is soft-spoken and tenderhearted–more interested in art than in oil–she’s forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of her father’s empire.
The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father’s thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.
Bo’s determined to resent the woman who’s decided to rob him of his dream. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them–her wealth, his unworthiness, her family’s outrage–and earn the right to love her.
But just when Meg begins to realize that Bo might be the one thing on the ranch worth keeping, their fragile bond is viciously broken by a force from Meg’s past. Can their love–and their belief that God can work through every circumstance–survive?
Is it because my niece just recently discovered (and I rediscovered) how much fun country music is? Pulls at your heart…tells such a story…. Wade really draws great characters. I was ready to dislike poor little rich girl Meg Cole, but I couldn’t. Her panic attacks seemed a little “blonde moment” dramatic; however, her sincere and entertaining attempts to quell them were great to read. Nothing like a Sudoku book, deep breathing…and then OREOs and exercise. Bo Porter’s urge to protect her makes him a real knight on a white horse. Luckily, he’s a cowboy! He’s hard-working, handsome, stoic, a family protector, and a true gentleman. He’s a Christian too; after all, as Bo says, “I’m from a small town in Texas. Can’t think what else I’d be.” Or, if you’re a more metro liberal…he’s a “gun-toting hick with a backward view of the world.” The scene where they baby-sit for Jayden together had me giggling.
Secondary characters are terrific. I love Mr. Son, the un-stereotypical Asian gardener, and how he deigned to be employed by Meg. Bo’s brother Jake has the same charisma as Bo – but with a dark, angsty side. Who wouldn’t want to hug Sadie-Jo? Ex-husband Stephen, as the villain, is completely believable: after the money, selfish, shady, and threatening.
I appreciate Wade’s descriptions of their prayerful talks with God, how they ask Him to help them cope with the difficulties of life. I also can relate to Wade’s descriptions of the peace Meg feels in Bo’s presence. I’ve felt that from my husband and from some others…just being with them quiets and calms you. This Christian romance will appeal to readers who are country people at heart. Or you might just read it because – as a teen girl who saw the cover said, “Awesome dress! Can I read that next?”Four Stars
*Reviewed by Colleen*
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