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Kate Pearce returns with the second book in a new contemporary western romance series--a spin-off of her successful Morgan Ranch series--focusing on a neighboring family with their own ranch and problems of the heart! Emphasizing family bonds, community and the pride in hardwork, this family saga is guaranteed to tug at the heart strings as a widower and a single mother Kate Pearce returns with the second book in a new contemporary western romance series--a spin-off of her successful Morgan Ranch series--focusing on a neighboring family with their own ranch and problems of the heart! Emphasizing family bonds, community and the pride in hardwork, this family saga is guaranteed to tug at the heart strings as a widower and a single mother learn that sometimes it's okay to lean on each other.


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Kate Pearce returns with the second book in a new contemporary western romance series--a spin-off of her successful Morgan Ranch series--focusing on a neighboring family with their own ranch and problems of the heart! Emphasizing family bonds, community and the pride in hardwork, this family saga is guaranteed to tug at the heart strings as a widower and a single mother Kate Pearce returns with the second book in a new contemporary western romance series--a spin-off of her successful Morgan Ranch series--focusing on a neighboring family with their own ranch and problems of the heart! Emphasizing family bonds, community and the pride in hardwork, this family saga is guaranteed to tug at the heart strings as a widower and a single mother learn that sometimes it's okay to lean on each other.

30 review for The Rancher's Redemption

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ARC received for review Adam was married to Lizzie's BFF who passed away from cancer. Now years later Lizzie is back with her son, and no he's not Adam's son. Lizzie's ex's family is a piece of work. It took forever for them to get together. Lost of long drawn out angst plus some drama. It was a good book, just very slow moving.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel K

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Meh. Another case of the heroine never having good sex with anyone other than the hero, while he couldn't say the same. Granted, he was married to her best friend who was the true love of his life. Lizzie (heroine) was just the stand-in because his true love died. Lizzie got upset because she knew he wouldn't see her as anything other than a replacement, then decides it doesn't matter because she'll take what she can get. At least that's the way I read it. Oh, and the best part? The hero and Meh. Another case of the heroine never having good sex with anyone other than the hero, while he couldn't say the same. Granted, he was married to her best friend who was the true love of his life. Lizzie (heroine) was just the stand-in because his true love died. Lizzie got upset because she knew he wouldn't see her as anything other than a replacement, then decides it doesn't matter because she'll take what she can get. At least that's the way I read it. Oh, and the best part? The hero and heroine were apparently best friends when they were young, but he cut off all contact with her for FOURTEEN YEARS!!! Ignored her, treated her like she was nothing and didn't exist. Then decides maybe after all that time they should be friends again and she's all like, "okay. sure!" Really, Lizzie??? smdh All I have left to say is people treat you the way you allow them to treat you. That is all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eva Millien

    Adam Miller is a widower who is running the family ranch. Lizzie is a struggling single mom. He was married to her best friend but in his bitterness following his sweetheart’s death, he alienated Lizzie. Lizzie’s wealthy ex and his family has suddenly decided to fight for visitation rights to her four year old son. Adam now finds himself with a unusual opportunity to make amends and as they strive to present a united front, they realize they’ll have to find a way to forgive if they want to move Adam Miller is a widower who is running the family ranch. Lizzie is a struggling single mom. He was married to her best friend but in his bitterness following his sweetheart’s death, he alienated Lizzie. Lizzie’s wealthy ex and his family has suddenly decided to fight for visitation rights to her four year old son. Adam now finds himself with a unusual opportunity to make amends and as they strive to present a united front, they realize they’ll have to find a way to forgive if they want to move forward. This romance an emotionally gripping romance that tugs at heartstrings. The characters are strong, compelling and easily draw readers in and their pasts has this couple on a very rocky slope full of emotional angst and heartbreak but their rekindling friendship offers them both hope and the rebuilding of trust. There is no way for readers to keep from shedding tears here and there throughout this story as past hurts and secrets come to light not only involving Lizzie and Adam’s past but also Adam and his family’s past and with Adam’s in-laws also experiencing heart rending, life altering changes, readers’ hearts can help but become engaged with the characters of this story. The plot is steady paced and full of angst with quite a bit of anger issues and hurt feelings blasting the pages but there is also heart tugging warm moments that brings smiles to the readers’ faces and Lizzie turns out to be quite the firecracker when it comes to protecting her son. The story kind of has another story going on as well, involving Adam’s parents which adds angst and excitement and there is a delightful heartwarming, mature romance bonus story included.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Kelly

    I had a really hard time getting into this book. I am not sure if it was just me and not connecting with the characters or what. It just seemed to be a very slow moving book in my opinion. Adam and Lizzie are both dealing with a lot of things that want to tear their worlds apart. And this brings them closer together but it can also tear them apart if they let it. It almost seemed like there was too much going on between not only the main characters but almost every single other character I had a really hard time getting into this book. I am not sure if it was just me and not connecting with the characters or what. It just seemed to be a very slow moving book in my opinion. Adam and Lizzie are both dealing with a lot of things that want to tear their worlds apart. And this brings them closer together but it can also tear them apart if they let it. It almost seemed like there was too much going on between not only the main characters but almost every single other character connected to them in some way. And because of this there was too much information that needed to be given and it slowed the story down. It's not a bad read. The characters are likable and I did like their interactions with each other and with Roman. It was just too slow going for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Rancher’s Redemption by Kate Pearce The Millers of Morgantown #2 Mired in loss and missing his young wife even fourteen years later Adam Miller is not ready for anything but being a loner. He works hard on the ranch, cares for his siblings, cooks and really doesn’t see much more in life than the lonely lifestyle he is existing in. Before the loss of his wife when he was twenty-one he has also experienced the loss of his mother who left the family when he was only twelve. That pain has lingered The Rancher’s Redemption by Kate Pearce The Millers of Morgantown #2 Mired in loss and missing his young wife even fourteen years later Adam Miller is not ready for anything but being a loner. He works hard on the ranch, cares for his siblings, cooks and really doesn’t see much more in life than the lonely lifestyle he is existing in. Before the loss of his wife when he was twenty-one he has also experienced the loss of his mother who left the family when he was only twelve. That pain has lingered and the loss of his wife only compounded his estrangement from others. Lizzie works hard to provide for her young son. Her best friend, Louisa, was Adam’s wife. She, Louisa and Adam had been friends for a long time only to have that friendship severed with the loss of Louisa. Lizzie works multiple jobs and cares for Roman without the baby-father in the picture...until some meddling relatives of said sperm donor show up wanting more than Lizzie is willing to give. This is a story of loss, withdrawal, families, forgiveness and love. What has seemed true to Adam for so many years is suddenly being exposed as not 100% the way he has perceived it to be and it is shaking his foundation. Whether or not he will be able to grow out of the darkness and embrace a lighter brighter life is something I was hoping for as I read more of Adam’s story. And, Lizzie might be able to help him in more ways than one. I sometimes wished that Adam was not so stubborn and more able to open up but perhaps that will come over time and I will get to see Adam thrive as the series continues. I am eager to find out who will have their story told next. I can’t wait to read Ben’s story as he was intriguing in this book. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in the series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington – Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars NOTE: This edition also has a bonus novella that tells the story of how Billy Morgan, a slightly older and somewhat flawed main character finds true love – great story!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Widowed for ten years, now running the family ranch, Adam Miller is no longer the fun-loving guy who married his high school sweetheart Louisa the moment they graduated. His bitterness in the aftermath of her death even alienated his closest link to her—Lizzie Taylor, her best friend. A struggling single mom, Lizzie’s extremely wealthy ex ran out on her when she got pregnant. But now he and his family have decided to fight for custody of her young son Roman. I just love the stories about the Widowed for ten years, now running the family ranch, Adam Miller is no longer the fun-loving guy who married his high school sweetheart Louisa the moment they graduated. His bitterness in the aftermath of her death even alienated his closest link to her—Lizzie Taylor, her best friend. A struggling single mom, Lizzie’s extremely wealthy ex ran out on her when she got pregnant. But now he and his family have decided to fight for custody of her young son Roman. I just love the stories about the inhabitants of Morgan Valley we get to catch up with characters from earlier books. We met surly Adam in the previous book & I wondered if I would warm to him but from feeling lukewarm towards him at the start, I loved him by the end. I loved Lizzie who took everything thrown at her in her stride, she coped with being abandoned after a very brief affair on finding herself pregnant, she’s brought Ro up by herself & is holding down two jobs plus she’s always carried a torch for Adam. I loved how Adam gradually re evaluated everything & learnt how to let go & to begin to talk about his feelings. There is attraction between Adam & Lizzie, they want to be together however lack of communication nearly leads to disaster. I found it to be an engrossing read & the last couple of chapters had me in tears. I also loved the secondary second chance romance of Jeff & Leanne & then there’s Roman who was an absolute delight. I hope of the Miller siblings have their story especially Ben . My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    Great as Usual! Pearce has created a town and the town folks that make these reads special. I have read all of the Morgan Ranch books and now Pearce is starting on the residents of Morgantown specifically the Millers. To get the true family history of the Millers it would be best to read "Second Chance Rancher (Millers of Morgan Valley Book 1). But if not Book 2 has its own stand alone flavor staring Adam Miller who has been a Widower for ten years and still cannot let go of the love of his Great as Usual! Pearce has created a town and the town folks that make these reads special. I have read all of the Morgan Ranch books and now Pearce is starting on the residents of Morgantown specifically the Millers. To get the true family history of the Millers it would be best to read "Second Chance Rancher (Millers of Morgan Valley Book 1). But if not Book 2 has its own stand alone flavor staring Adam Miller who has been a Widower for ten years and still cannot let go of the love of his life. The idea that you can out run your past or move on is narrated wonderfully when Adams rekindles things with his long ago best friend Lizzie Taylor. Fast read that was hard to put down. Adam and Lizzie have their very souls on the pages of this book. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Book via NetGalley with no requirments for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." ROMANCE IGNITES ON THE PAGES!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sassy Angel

    This was such a good book. I couldn't put it down. I really felt for Adam and Lizzie. They were so close when they were younger when something happened that tore them apart. Years later, Lizzie is a single mother when an emergency brought Adam back into her life. Adam is a widower who is a shadow of his former self. Reconnecting as friends helped Adam get out of his rut. Will they be able to discover that they could be so much more?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Sweeney

    Two words: hunky cowboy. Cowboys just seem to make every book better because who doesn't want to be loved by a big strong cowboy, with muscles that you didn't even knew existed?? This book was everything that I could have ever wanted out of romance novel and it made me went to read more books by Kate Pearce.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gale

    Awwwwww, loved Adam! And Lizzie and Roman are just the best.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Rancher's Redemption is Book 2 of Kate Pearce's The Millers of Morgan Valley series. Even though this is the second book in this series and many of the Morgan Ranch characters appear throughout, this story stands perfectly fine on its own. After meeting Adam in the last book, I was eagerly waiting for his turn and Ms. Pearce did not disappoint. There was angst, drama, conflict and a few tears but this story captivated me right from the start and I look forward to what she has in store for us The Rancher's Redemption is Book 2 of Kate Pearce's The Millers of Morgan Valley series. Even though this is the second book in this series and many of the Morgan Ranch characters appear throughout, this story stands perfectly fine on its own. After meeting Adam in the last book, I was eagerly waiting for his turn and Ms. Pearce did not disappoint. There was angst, drama, conflict and a few tears but this story captivated me right from the start and I look forward to what she has in store for us next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donna Repsher

    The Rancher's Redemption is the second book in Kate Pearce's Millers of Morgan Valley series, but it's the first novel in the series that I've read, and it worked just fine for me as a standalone. I enjoyed Ms. Pearce's earlier Morgan Ranch series, but as a first read in this series, I think this one is even better, and it gets 4.5 stars from this reader. The Miller family, comprised of five sons and one daughter, were devastated when their father divorced their mother, especially the eldest The Rancher's Redemption is the second book in Kate Pearce's Millers of Morgan Valley series, but it's the first novel in the series that I've read, and it worked just fine for me as a standalone. I enjoyed Ms. Pearce's earlier Morgan Ranch series, but as a first read in this series, I think this one is even better, and it gets 4.5 stars from this reader. The Miller family, comprised of five sons and one daughter, were devastated when their father divorced their mother, especially the eldest son, Adam, who was 12 years old at the time, and who is the leading character in this novel. As is usually the case, the younger siblings don't remember their mother as well as Adam does. He's always sided with his father, despite his father's self-absorption and inability to ever admit to being wrong about anything, even before he kicked their mother, Leanne, out of his life and his house. She left without a backward glance and her children never heard from her again. But that's not the only issue in this complex family, nor is it the only trauma in Adam's life. If you like angst with your romance novels, there's more than enough of it in this novel. During high school, Adam's was best friends with Lizzie, who secretly crushed on him, but when he set eyes Lizzie's other best friend, Louisa, it was love at first sight for both of them, and the two got married right out of high school, and hoped to live happily ever after. Sadly, that didn't happen. Louisa was diagnosed with cancer, refused experimental treatments, and died 3 years later--leaving Adam crushed, defeated, and unable to come to terms with those emotions, instead closing himself off from family and friends. Shortly after Louisa's funeral, Lizzie went to visit her friend's grave, and found Adam there. In his grief and despair at losing the love of his life, he was holding a gun, and planning to kill himself and join his Louisa in death. Instead, Lizzie got him to drop the gun, held him as he sobbed out his grief, and later that day, she consoled him with her body, having sex with him. It's something Adam can't forget and it's also something he can't forgive himself or Lizzie for, and for the next 14 years, he wrote Lizzie out of his life, hasn't spoken to her since, and has actively avoided her, but that's about to change, because one day, Lizzie's 4-year-old son, Roman, gets bitten by a bee while in day care, and collapses, and when Adam sees Lizzie struggling to carry her son to the doctor's office, he offers her a lift, and the 14-year silence between them is finally broken, and thus begins the rekindling of their friendship, which is filled with the same angst, wrong impressions, guilt, and recriminations that ended their friendship 14 years earlier. Lizzie eventually put aside her feelings for Adam and moved on with her life. Four years earlier, Lizzie had a one-night stand with Ray, who is now a minor celebrity, and her birth control failed. When Lizzie told Ray she was pregnant with his child, he headed for the hills, and ever since Roman was born, she's worked two jobs to keep a roof over their heads. Ray left town, never bothered to meet his son, and she's never received one penny of child support from him. Ray's family believed what he'd told them, that Lizzie was a gold digger and tried to trap him by getting pregnant--all lies of course, but Ray's family has ignored Lizzie and Roman too, never even met the charming little boy, and Ray has steered clear of Lizzie ever since, but that too is about to change. Especially when Ray's demented great-great-aunt starts spying on Lizzie, photographing her and her son while he's at day care, and she has decided that Lizzie is a terrible mother, hires a private investigator, and sets Child Protective Services after her. This is a novel with great depth, it's filled with well-drawn, fully-fleshed out characters whose interactions are complex, heartbreaking, and most of all, it's a story about forgiveness--for past and present wrongs, past impressions, past misconceptions, past behavior and living in the past while forgetting there's a future. It's filled with regrets, grief, loss, and coming to terms with all of them, and not just the main characters, but the entire cast of characters, and finally, as the title states, redemption. It was one excellent, deeply moving and well-written novel. My only issue was the abrupt ending. At 75% of the contents, this novel comes to a somewhat unresolved end. Instead there's a short novel teaser about an upcoming book by this author, and I'd have much preferred that the author ended The Rancher's Redemption with an epilogue, which would have made this a 5-star read. It's still an excellent read and Ms. Pearce is an excellent writer. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    RoloPoloBookBlog

    The Rancher’s Redemption by Kate Pearce Book #2: The Millers of Morgan Valley Series Source: NetGalley and Zebra Books Rating: 4/5 stars For all intents and purposes, Adam Miller died ten years ago, the day he buried his beloved wife. In just his early twenties when his wife succumbed to cancer, Adam has spent the past ten years living in the past and refusing to come out of the anger, sadness, and deep depression left behind when his wife died. For the better part of a decade, Adam’s family has been The Rancher’s Redemption by Kate Pearce Book #2: The Millers of Morgan Valley Series Source: NetGalley and Zebra Books Rating: 4/5 stars For all intents and purposes, Adam Miller died ten years ago, the day he buried his beloved wife. In just his early twenties when his wife succumbed to cancer, Adam has spent the past ten years living in the past and refusing to come out of the anger, sadness, and deep depression left behind when his wife died. For the better part of a decade, Adam’s family has been there to support and love him, but they have never been able to bring him out of his self-imposed prison. Each day, Adam’s brothers, his father, and his sister watch him work their family ranch from sunup to sundown, eat dinner, sleep, and repeat. There is no variety in Adam’s life, no real happiness, and certainly no need for looking towards a bright and fulfilling future. As far as everyone, including Adam is concerned, his life is what it is always going to be, an endless cycle of work that he endures alone. Lizzie Taylor’s life has one bright, shining spot, her tow-headed little boy whose presence is nothing but pure joy! As a single mother, Lizzie works hard to provide for her son, especially with his biological father so very, very absent. Though she has friends in town, Lizzie’s life would be far easier if her one-time best-friend, Adam Miller would stop ignoring her and come back into her life. To be completely fair, Lizzie would love more than friendship from Adam, but given his history, she would be satisfied with just having him back as her friend. As both Adam and Lizzie are well aware, life can often be cruel and devastatingly difficult. As if they haven’t both suffered enough, each has now found themselves drawn together over the imminent loss of an old, dear friend. As their friend’s life is coming to a close, both Lizzie and Adam are forced to revisit their own pasts, deal with the issues wrought by the past, and try to work through their current issues to manage some sort of future that is both happy and fulfilling. With so much hurt, uncertainty, and despair between them, it is going to take a miracle to overcome the past and move towards the future. The Bottom Line: Aaaaaaand, Kate Pearce is BACK!! This is exactly the type of book I have come to expect from both Kate Pearce and the Morgan Valley series. The Rancher’s Redemption is everything I have come to love about the original series and was hoping to find again in this spin off series. Lizzie and Adam are both such sympathetic characters and I wanted nothing but the best for them. Each has such difficulty and sadness in their past that it has hampered their present and future and it seems the only way to get through the mess is to do it together, something they haven’t been in ten years. This book is something of an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every peak and valley. It doesn’t hurt that there are a few surprises along the way and frequent visits from old friends and family in the area. This book and this spin-off series are exactly why I love to read series, some characters and some places are just too good to let go!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION is, at times, a very emotionally difficult story to read. I loved it, was deeply involved in Lizzie, Adam, and Roman’s lives but it hits deep in the emotions. There is a lot going on that will bring more pain but will eventually lead to healing – but that’s going to take a bit to work through. We met Adam in THE SECOND CHANCE RANCHER, and even then could feel his constant emotional pain. Now, we get a better understanding of what he’s gone Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION is, at times, a very emotionally difficult story to read. I loved it, was deeply involved in Lizzie, Adam, and Roman’s lives but it hits deep in the emotions. There is a lot going on that will bring more pain but will eventually lead to healing – but that’s going to take a bit to work through. We met Adam in THE SECOND CHANCE RANCHER, and even then could feel his constant emotional pain. Now, we get a better understanding of what he’s gone through both in losing his beloved wife to cancer and in why he alienated a woman he and his wife had considered a best friend. Lizzie has gone on with life, having an unfortunate romance with a loser which left her with a young son she would die for. Roman’s father and his father’s family are a real nasty piece of work collectively and one in particular. Suddenly this family who wanted nothing to do with a young boy wants visitation rights and is tossing out accusations that hold no truth but will bring a boatload of trouble to Lizzie’s door. Adam has a solution, but it will come with pain, confusion, and an outcome that he may not be ready to face. Without going into details that would spoil this story for readers making up their minds about THE RANCHER’S REDEMPTION, I can safely say that this story is going to rip your heart out. There are bits of information that Adam didn’t have from a trauma early in his life, a situation that has shaped the man he’s become in many ways. Now, Adam must deal with not only learning the truth but seeing his former best friend in trouble deep and wanting to help. His emotions are about to come alive again, those feelings of happiness, attraction, and maybe even love if he allows it. Lizzie has always had a crush on Adam but her best friend always had his heart so she moved on. Or so she thought until they were forced into a closer relationship. Her love for Adam is still alive, but can she help him go beyond the death of a woman they both loved, a woman who would never have wanted him to grieve so for her that he stopped living. Watching Adam slowly heal was an emotional journey. I was caught up in Lizzie and Adam’s romance. There is angst, anger issues, frustrations but there is also rediscovered joy, laughter, and a love worth fighting for, worth taking the risk to let it develop. I enjoyed myself once again in this world and would not hesitate to recommend this story to any reader who loves a good, emotional romance with characters who are believable, relatable and that you will care about the outcome of their romance. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    4.5 stars I said in my review of the first book in this series that I was looking forward to Adam’s story. Hoo, boy! It’s a doozy! Not only does his story bring out all the feels, but so does Lizzie’s. Just so much emotion jangling around in this story. Lizzie is an awesome female lead. Strong, independent, caring, kind…the whole package. As a friend, lover, and mom. Adam and his wife were her two best friends and she lost them both within days of each other. One to cancer, the other to his guilt 4.5 stars I said in my review of the first book in this series that I was looking forward to Adam’s story. Hoo, boy! It’s a doozy! Not only does his story bring out all the feels, but so does Lizzie’s. Just so much emotion jangling around in this story. Lizzie is an awesome female lead. Strong, independent, caring, kind…the whole package. As a friend, lover, and mom. Adam and his wife were her two best friends and she lost them both within days of each other. One to cancer, the other to his guilt and stubbornness. Yet she soldiers on, creating a wonderful life for herself and, years later, her son. No matter how the family of her son treat her or that she’s never found true love, she doesn’t let any of that get her down. On the other hand, Adam closes himself off after his wife dies and lives a very mundane and boring existence. He has a big and loving family, but doesn’t even realize how lucky he is or really participate in more than the work of taking care of his family ranch and doing what he can for his siblings. Nobody else is allowed into his bubble which means he’s not really living. Adam has been avoiding Lizzie for over a decade, but a chance encounter throws them back into orbit with one another. Once that happens, they pull is undeniable and the chemistry jumps off the pages. And for a man who is so closed off to others, he is a natural with Lizzie’s young son, Roman. There is a lot these two need to unload, especially Adam. While Lizzie is having issues with her son’s family, she knows her mind and has a healthy mental life. Adam not only hasn’t dealt with his wife’s death, he also hasn’t dealt with his mom taking off on the family when he was a young teen. Now his mom’s back in town and he’s talking to Lizze again so all those carefully constructed walls of his are starting to crumble down around him. As much as I love this story, I hate Adam’s dad’s view on forgiving his mom. In fact, I’m not crazy about her either. Even after all the explanations I cannot understand how anyone can feel the mom only did the right thing by walking away. As a mother I don’t understand giving up at any point, especially once the kids were adults. I feel this part of the storyline may continue to trickle through the other books in the series. We’ve already seen how her leaving has impacted Daisy and Adam, it’s bound to have affected the others. ** I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in my review are my own and given freely. ** You can read more of my reviews at

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela Anderson

    Hot and sexy Adam Miller is not the same guy he once was. Affected by the death of the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, caused him to change and put up a steel wall to protect his aching heart. His lowly state is fueled by his intense emotions and pain he tends to harbor inside while shutting others out. Not to mention his deeply embedded hurt of the loss of his mother moving out when he was twelve, leading to his parents eventually divorcing. Lizzie and Adam are both healing from Hot and sexy Adam Miller is not the same guy he once was. Affected by the death of the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, caused him to change and put up a steel wall to protect his aching heart. His lowly state is fueled by his intense emotions and pain he tends to harbor inside while shutting others out. Not to mention his deeply embedded hurt of the loss of his mother moving out when he was twelve, leading to his parents eventually divorcing. Lizzie and Adam are both healing from the death of her best friend and Adam’s wife but they both have different ways of getting through the pain. One thing leads to another when Adam is at his lowest and in desperate need of being saved, leading to him not speaking to Lizzie for several years. Fast forward a few years Adam finds himself assisting Lizzie to get her son, Roman to the doctor’s office after a sting. He happened to be in the right place at the right time; leading to an open door to make amends with Lizzie. Although time and forced distance had kept them apart, they both discover the awakening feelings and unexpected attraction they have for one another. Both a little hesitant to pursue and act on their feelings due to their past and the common denominator, Adam's one and true love. Lizzie has her own set of trouble to deal with as her son’s family attempt to come after her with threats and nasty tactics leading to a custody battle. However, she feels compelled to be there for Adam and help him through the newness of his mother reentering his life and other changes that are all happening so fast. He in return feels compelled to help Lizzie and her son. They discover that they need each other but they must each learn to trust their inner self and feelings, allowing the other in, even when it leaves them open and vulnerable. Can they get past the events of the past to be free to live in the present and enjoy each other? They make a strong attempt to do so but hanging on to the past, the discovery of secrets and new truths may be too much for Adam and Lizzie to endure. The Rancher’s Redemptions is made up of all the ingredients for a great Western romance. The discovery of secrets and truths surrounding the past, mixed with the twist and turns of rediscovering love creates a page-turner that has you in tuned with the characters from beginning to the end. Kate Pearce did a great job bringing you into the world of Adam and Lizzie and intertwining the lives of the other characters and close family members making for an awesome read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    The Rancher's Redemption is book 2 in The Millers of Morgan Valley series. If you read and enjoyed Kate Pearce's Morgan Ranch series you will enjoy seeing characters from that series pop in from time-to-time. Don't worry if you haven't read the Morgan Ranch series, this book stands alone just fine. The Miller family is made up of four sons, one daughter and their father, who divorced their mother when Adam was 12. The Second Chance Rancher was Daisy's story and The Rancher's Redemption is about The Rancher's Redemption is book 2 in The Millers of Morgan Valley series. If you read and enjoyed Kate Pearce's Morgan Ranch series you will enjoy seeing characters from that series pop in from time-to-time. Don't worry if you haven't read the Morgan Ranch series, this book stands alone just fine. The Miller family is made up of four sons, one daughter and their father, who divorced their mother when Adam was 12. The Second Chance Rancher was Daisy's story and The Rancher's Redemption is about Adam, the oldest son. We also get to meet the mother of the children and find out why she left her family. We got quite a bit of background about Adam in The Second Chance Rancher and I was so happy when I found out that this book was about him. Adam was widowed at a young age after only a few years of marriage and it's been 10 years since his wife died. He was once a fun-loving guy but no longer. He's far too serious and bitter about other things that happened in the past, not just his wife's death. Lizzie Taylor was once Adam Miller's good friend and the best friend of his wife. After Adam's wife died, he pushed Lizzie away (I won't tell why). When an emergency comes up, he helps Lizzie out and they begin to rekindle their friendship. This is a pretty meaty story with a lot more going on than just the relationship between Adam and Lizzie. While I very much enjoyed their love story, the other elements and relationships going on made the story even more interesting. I love reading books in a series where each one can be read on its own but are also that much richer when read in order because of the connections between the characters from previous books. Adam and Lizzie's situation really tugged on my heart. He did some really stupid stuff that has to be resolved between them before they can move on. I hope there will be more books in this series. Adam's brother, Ben, really intrigued me while reading The Rancher's Redemption and I'd love to find out more about him. Note: The book ends after 325 pages but there is a bonus novella, An Unexpected Gift, included that's not mentioned in Amazon's blurb for the book. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    The Rancher's Redemption by Kate Pearce is a complicated romance, full of memories and past deeds, both good and bad. Lizzie Taylor is the single mother of four-year-old Roman. Adam Miller was her best friend, 14 years earlier until her had fallen in love with her best friend, Louise. Adam and Louise had married, far too young, and were happy until Louise died of cancer at 21. After finding Adam at Louise's grave in the rain with a gun, Lizzie and Adam had had sex. It was simply for comfort, but The Rancher's Redemption by Kate Pearce is a complicated romance, full of memories and past deeds, both good and bad. Lizzie Taylor is the single mother of four-year-old Roman. Adam Miller was her best friend, 14 years earlier until her had fallen in love with her best friend, Louise. Adam and Louise had married, far too young, and were happy until Louise died of cancer at 21. After finding Adam at Louise's grave in the rain with a gun, Lizzie and Adam had had sex. It was simply for comfort, but both felt guilty and so hadn't spoken in over 10 years, until the day Roman had a reaction to a bee sting and Adam was right where he was needed and drive Lizzie and Roman to the doctor, where everything was made right with Roman with an EpiPen. Now that they were speaking, would they rekindle their friendship? There is a lot going on in this book. Roman's father had wanted nothing to do with Lizzie, and later, Roman, but all of a sudden his great aunt, who lives next door to the day care Roman attended, is in her yard taking photos of Roman all the time, next comes a private investigator, and then Roman's paternal grandmother. All of this is making Lizzie a little crazy. Lizzie is the quintessential single mom at odds with the family that hadn't wanted her son and now does. This, sadly, is a scene played out regularly, not always with the best results for the child. Lizzie works hard, takes classes online, and has generally given her life over to her child. Adam's life is complicated by the return of his mother, who left 20 years earlier and brings confusion to Adam's emotions. The reality is, after Louise's death, he hasn't allowed himself to feel and emotions. Now, between Lizzie and his mother, her is feeling far too many. He is a good, stoic character, who has to learn to live again, even after hurts have made it difficult. This was a decent book with regular people fighting to have lives. The reader will know someone in nearly every situation this book presents. It brings it all home. I recommend this book. I received a free The Rancher's Redemption from Netgalley. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #the ranchersredemption

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacky

    You know that feeling you get after reading a series of really "meh" books and you finally hit on one that makes you sit up and take notice? The Rancher's Redemption was that book for me. I started reading it and didn't put it down until I finished it. There were a few things going on at the same time in this book, but it caused no difficulty in keeping track of the characters or the subplots. I liked Lizzie, who could be forgiving and patient, but also she stood her ground when needed. I liked You know that feeling you get after reading a series of really "meh" books and you finally hit on one that makes you sit up and take notice? The Rancher's Redemption was that book for me. I started reading it and didn't put it down until I finished it. There were a few things going on at the same time in this book, but it caused no difficulty in keeping track of the characters or the subplots. I liked Lizzie, who could be forgiving and patient, but also she stood her ground when needed. I liked Adam, but there were times when I wished he could just let it go. Ro, Lizzie's son was a good addition. I'm a sucker for a single dad or mom story. Adam and Lizzie had great chemistry, partially because at one time in life, they had been really good friends. They also had a few steamy scenes. This book covered a range of emotions. Fear, anger, happiness, sadness, frustration, shock, and vulnerability just to name a few. It was about family, secrets, love, loyalty, and loss. It was about journeys you take in life that take you through darkness, and how you manage to rebuild to come out better on the other side. The slowest parts of this book were about Adam trying to get his head together, whether it was about his wife, Louisa; his friend and his future, Lizzie; his mother, Leanne; etc. He just took way too long to come to terms with things. That had to do with his dad, who was not one of my favorite characters. The same goes for Roman's paternal side of the family, including his dad. There are also a few mentions about the Morgan Ranch, and some of those characters. Eventually, Adam and Lizzie get their HEA. I wish there had been an epilogue. I am also hoping that Adam's other siblings get a book. I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy of this book received via NetGalley.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    What appealing people they have in Morgan Valley. This is a second chance story for several characters, as is the bonus novella. I love this series. The rancher in the title is Adam Miller. The Millers seem to have a lot in common with the Morgans. Both large families with long connections with Morgantown. The wives both left, leaving both their husbands and children, children to be raised by a female relative. However, Jeff Miller did not fall apart like Billy Morgan had, and with his sister Rea What appealing people they have in Morgan Valley. This is a second chance story for several characters, as is the bonus novella. I love this series. The rancher in the title is Adam Miller. The Millers seem to have a lot in common with the Morgans. Both large families with long connections with Morgantown. The wives both left, leaving both their husbands and children, children to be raised by a female relative. However, Jeff Miller did not fall apart like Billy Morgan had, and with his sister Rea raising his children, he continued to live as he had before, and his children idolized him. However, like the Morgans, Leanne's leaving, was not as it appeared and Jeff has held on to some secrets, that now are going to be revealed. Leanne wants to come see her children, and he is all for it, since he and Rhea have both been in contact with her all these many years. Adam Miller and Lizzie Taylor were best friends growing up until Adam fell in love with Lizzie's other best friend, Louisa Cortez. They married right after high school, but their love story was cut short, when she developed cancer. He fell into despair, and fourteen years later has not pulled himself out. Although he also cut Lizzie out of his life, when he sees she needs help with her young son, Roman, he steps up. Lizzie is being threatened by the relatives of her one night stand that produced Roman and at the same time Louisa's father is also dying of cancer. Lizzie and Roman start to melt Adams heart, but can he step out of his wallow, and move on with his life and can Lizzie trust him enough to give another chance? The bonus novella is about Billy Miller, who also has been looking for redemption from his past actions and finds it with his family- and Jay's mother, Bella Williams, who he has known since kindergarten. ,

  21. 4 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    I highly recommend this epic, western romance. There's so much going on in this book, I hardly know where to begin. Adam and Lizzie have a lot of history, in that his late wife was her best friend, and even though more than a decade has past since her death, they're still trying to find a way to move on. Adam is slowing finding himself as he reconnects with Lizzie, while she is struggling not to lose herself in his arms. The return - after more than twenty years - of Adam's mother and the I highly recommend this epic, western romance. There's so much going on in this book, I hardly know where to begin. Adam and Lizzie have a lot of history, in that his late wife was her best friend, and even though more than a decade has past since her death, they're still trying to find a way to move on. Adam is slowing finding himself as he reconnects with Lizzie, while she is struggling not to lose herself in his arms. The return - after more than twenty years - of Adam's mother and the terminal illness of his father-in-law, along with the belated custody interest in Lizzie's young son from paternal grandmother, combine to make this a trying time for both our MCs. These two both have multiple layers of anger and resentment to work through, which makes this a complex and at times heartbreaking story. I was drawn in right from the start, and read it straight through non-stop. Their love is beautiful in its simplicity even though they have more than their share of hurdles to complicate it all. Leanne's return unpacks more baggage than anyone even realized was stored up, both figuratively and literally. This part of the story was gut-wrenching at times, yet it was important for all parties to work through all the decades of misunderstanding and blame. I have no doubt future books in this series about the Miller family will continue to address the much-needed healing and reconciliations for everyone. After Adam and Lizzie's HEA is secured, the book gave us a bonus novella focusing on Billy Morgan and Bella Williams. Theirs is a sweet, after-50 romance that will appeal to anyone who's familiar with these characters from any of the Morgan Valley books. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Panach

    I am a sucker for small town romance - add in a ranch and some cute cowboys, sign me up! Adam married young and lost his wife to cancer not very long after. Lizzie was a best friend to both Adam and his late wife - until she and Adam (view spoiler)[ slept together not long after Adam's wife passed away. Lizzie wanted to comfort Adam - but it ended up breaking them apart for more than 14 years (hide spoiler)] . Chance brings them back together again and both Adam and Lizzie pledge to try and I am a sucker for small town romance - add in a ranch and some cute cowboys, sign me up! Adam married young and lost his wife to cancer not very long after. Lizzie was a best friend to both Adam and his late wife - until she and Adam (view spoiler)[ slept together not long after Adam's wife passed away. Lizzie wanted to comfort Adam - but it ended up breaking them apart for more than 14 years (hide spoiler)] . Chance brings them back together again and both Adam and Lizzie pledge to try and communicate better and not just walk away when things get hard. They quickly come back together romantically as well. Over the course of the book there is a lot of drama with Lizzie's ex/baby-daddy's family, Adam's family, and between Lizzie and Adam of course. Adam's mom had been gone for 20 years and returns to try and make things right with her family. Over the course of all of this Adam's world is rocked - not only be revelations about his own family, but about his late wife as well. Throughout all of this - I actually felt really badly for Adam. I felt, in a lot of places, that his family and Lizzie were being really really tough on him. I understood the desire to get him out of his own head and on a better path to happiness, but still - I think a little more caring and less ass kicking was probably in order. I also liked Lizzie, but I was frustrated with her too. At the same time she was demanding a lot from Adam - she herself wasn't willing to give the same to him. Overall - I enjoyed it. If you like small-town romances with a side of drama - this is a book for you! It is definitely a standalone - but with a slew of other characters that have their own books! I received this book as an ARC from netgalley, but these opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hackett

    The Rancher's Redemption is Kate Pearce’s 2nd book of The Millers Of Morgan Valley series. It is a wonderful, heartwarming story about Adam Miller, a widowed for 10 years, finding a second chance in love—that is if he could let go of the haunted memories of his first wife. His bitterness in the aftermath of her death has alienated his closest link to her—Lizzie Taylor, her best friend. When Adam comes across Lizzie in a dire situation, he’s compelled to help—a chance to make amends. Lizzie, a The Rancher's Redemption is Kate Pearce’s 2nd book of The Millers Of Morgan Valley series. It is a wonderful, heartwarming story about Adam Miller, a widowed for 10 years, finding a second chance in love—that is if he could let go of the haunted memories of his first wife. His bitterness in the aftermath of her death has alienated his closest link to her—Lizzie Taylor, her best friend. When Adam comes across Lizzie in a dire situation, he’s compelled to help—a chance to make amends. Lizzie, a struggling single mom, confronts her past when wealthy ex-husband’s family decides to fight for custody. Adams shocks her by offering to pose as her partner, awkward as it may feel, but it is her chance to hold onto her child. Their old friendship rekindles, sparking an unexpected attraction—along with past hurts and secrets. Kate Pearce is a gifted writer of contemporary western romances. The Rancher’s Redemption is about heartbreaking losses, families, forgiveness, and love. Also included is a bonus story, THE UNEXPECTED GIFT, also written by Kate Pearce. This story is about Billy Morgan of the Morgan Ranch series. Once a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, he unexpectedly finds love after coming to the aid of an old friend, Bella Williams, the mother of Jay Williams, the owner of Red Dragon Bar. Billy butts in when he sees Bella being confronted by a disgruntled employee. From there, their friendship blooms, especially when Bella wants to hold a surprise wedding reception for her son and his new wife at the Morgan Ranch. It is a sweet, tender story about an older couple surprising everyone that one is never too old to fall in love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christina Montminy

    Author Kate Pearce has become one of my go to authors for wonderful stories. Her books always grab me from start to finish & have me not wanting to put the book down until I'm done & then I'm wishing that there was more to read in the story. The Rancher's Redemption is no different. I loved Lizzie & Adam together, both have lost someone close to them; one a beloved wife, the other a best friend & their close friendship has suffered because of it. Adam & Lizzie are both very Author Kate Pearce has become one of my go to authors for wonderful stories. Her books always grab me from start to finish & have me not wanting to put the book down until I'm done & then I'm wishing that there was more to read in the story. The Rancher's Redemption is no different. I loved Lizzie & Adam together, both have lost someone close to them; one a beloved wife, the other a best friend & their close friendship has suffered because of it. Adam & Lizzie are both very strong characters, both determined to live their lives on their terms & not let anyone tell them what or how they should feel. Their chemistry together is white hot & it brought an emotional roller coaster with it. The angst of their relationship dilemma & an untold secret had you holding your breath to see who would crack first. So many tears shed during this book but also so many laughs enjoyed when we see the interactions of Adam & Lizzie's 3 yr old son Roman. The Rancher's Redemption is a wonderful addition to this series. I also enjoyed the fact that this book had another short story at the end. In this one we get to see the Morgan patriarch Billy question his place on the ranch & fall in love with the feisty Bella Williams owner of the Red Dragon Saloon. We get a little better understanding of Billy in this short book & see his struggles with his place on the ranch & in his family. We also get a better look at his love for his family & the wonderful & talented man he truly is. We get to see his heroic side also when he protects Bella from a would be thief & assailant. I've often wondered about Billy's life & I got some answers in this book. Definitely recommend to read this book & the series as a whole. I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pooja (Penningtales)

    Adam Miller is a widower, stilling grieving his wife Louisa a decade after cancer took her from him. He has shut himself off from everyone, even their mutual friend Lizzie, focusing instead on running his family’s ranch. Lizzie Taylor is a struggling single mom who’s ex ran out on her when she got pregnant. But now his family wants to fight her for custody rights. A dire situation has her turning to her old friend Adam for help. Will they be able to rekindle their friendship? Will Lizzie be able Adam Miller is a widower, stilling grieving his wife Louisa a decade after cancer took her from him. He has shut himself off from everyone, even their mutual friend Lizzie, focusing instead on running his family’s ranch. Lizzie Taylor is a struggling single mom who’s ex ran out on her when she got pregnant. But now his family wants to fight her for custody rights. A dire situation has her turning to her old friend Adam for help. Will they be able to rekindle their friendship? Will Lizzie be able to resist falling in love with Adam again, knowing he’ll always love Louisa? I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book and I’m so impressed! If you’re looking for an angsty romance, this is it! The slowburn as Adam comes to realize and deny his feelings for Lizzie left me inching to read more! Adam is a helpful, kind, and stubborn man. I loved how he kept in contact with his in-laws, how he was always willing to help out the people he cared about in any way he could. I also enjoyed the subplot with his estranged parents getting back together and him coming to terms with it and his perceptions of them. Most of all, I loved how he started opening up and talking to Lizzie, making an effort to move on from his past. It’s not easy and I’m glad Pearce showed Adam’s struggles, his mistakes, and failures. That made it so real and relatable, I could truly feel for him. Lizzie is a tough, considerate, and brave woman. I admired her silent courage, whether it was when dealing with her ex’s mother, or facing Adam’s lingering deep feelings for Louisa. I cannot imagine being in her shoes, loving a man so deeply and completely, while knowing he loved someone else. That even death couldn’t end shake those feelings. Yet the ending is still satisfying, Pearce managed to convinces me of their happy ever after. There are quite a few plot threads going on in this novel. Even the two main characters have their own subplots. But not once did I feel the other storylines compromised the romance. If anything, they served to make the characters feel so real, since they were leading their own lives with their own problems. In fact, the town and townsfolk Pearce created felt feels so real and well developed, I’m curious to read the more books from this series and the companion series as well. I’m definitely going to keep an eye on this author‘s work! Please note: I received an advance digital copy of this book through NetGalley from Kensington Books and Kate Pearce in exchange for a honest review. This does not influence my opinions in any way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    The Rancher's Redemption by Kate Pearce is a heartbreaking tale. It also is about second chances at love, forgiveness, and new beginnings. One man is reeling from the lost of his wife and kid. A woman is struggling as a single mom raising her son alone. Both characters work hard and are just as stubborn. The mother won't back down and will do anything to protect her son. Her son's relations are trying to pry them away from her after so many years. Now, she's fighting back like hell. That's where The Rancher's Redemption by Kate Pearce is a heartbreaking tale. It also is about second chances at love, forgiveness, and new beginnings. One man is reeling from the lost of his wife and kid. A woman is struggling as a single mom raising her son alone. Both characters work hard and are just as stubborn. The mother won't back down and will do anything to protect her son. Her son's relations are trying to pry them away from her after so many years. Now, she's fighting back like hell. That's where the hero pops in. Both of them knew each other while growing up and now, it seems fate has put them together. Friendship and loyalty has a way of creating undeniable things. Sparks fly, feelings grow, and tensions rise high in this epic contemporary romance. I found myself crying along with the single mother. Her anger was easy to understand and feel. A mother should not have to worry about her only child being taken away from her by people who never cared in the first place. Overall, this novel was raw and action packed. Kate Pearce kept my undivided attention and hooked me with the first chapter. The emotional journey was just as good as the romance. I recommend this story to all contemporary fiction fans. I received this coy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    Back in Morgan Valley, the author delivers another wonderful story. A story that will touch your hearts. Adam Miller lost his young wife over 10 years ago. He still mourns her and has barely spoken to the woman that used to be best friends with him and his deceased wife, Lizzie Taylor. Lizzie, is a single Mom whose one night stand never wanted the child and left her to raise her son by herself. As the opportunity for a second chance at friendship commences, so are secrets from the past revealed. Back in Morgan Valley, the author delivers another wonderful story. A story that will touch your hearts. Adam Miller lost his young wife over 10 years ago. He still mourns her and has barely spoken to the woman that used to be best friends with him and his deceased wife, Lizzie Taylor. Lizzie, is a single Mom whose one night stand never wanted the child and left her to raise her son by herself. As the opportunity for a second chance at friendship commences, so are secrets from the past revealed. Secrets that might change their fragile future . While these two are struggling with the past and the present, the Miller clan gets a visit from the mother that left twenty years ago. Why is she back? Were they all wrong as to why she left? This is a story with many twists and turns that will keep you engaged from the moment you read the first page until the last one. It’s a story filled with heartbreaking moments , endings and new beginnings. Be sure to have your hankies readily available. Another winner in this series. I was entrusted this copy by Netgalley and Zebra Books. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Jordet

    There were so many things I liked about this book and a few I didn't. I LOVED Lizzie!! She is an amazing mother, friend and coworker. She is a very understanding and forgiving person. I loved reading about the parts with her son. She truly only wanted what was best for him. Even putting the anger aside and trying to encourage her ex's family to get to know her son. She was very kind to her deceased best friends parents and making sure they were OK. It didn't seem like there were many people that There were so many things I liked about this book and a few I didn't. I LOVED Lizzie!! She is an amazing mother, friend and coworker. She is a very understanding and forgiving person. I loved reading about the parts with her son. She truly only wanted what was best for him. Even putting the anger aside and trying to encourage her ex's family to get to know her son. She was very kind to her deceased best friends parents and making sure they were OK. It didn't seem like there were many people that didn't like her. I also think she is a really strong because of even the things Adam has put her through time and time again, she forgives him. Adam is a man who has been hanging on to grief for too long. He has become grumpy and closed off. Meeting up with Lizzie and working through their issues, makes him come out of his shell and deal with the emotions he has been bottling up. There were so many thing in this book that I liked, my only complaint was there were parts that dragged on. Everything in this book was needed to tell a good story, it just got a little wordy in parts.

  29. 4 out of 5

    patrick

    Lizzie is back in her home town but she has a son with a cowboy from a wealthy family, he does not want anything to do with the boy and at the same time told his family about her which was not all true. Adam and Lizzie have known each other for years, a matter of fact she was the best friend to his wife who has now been passed on for ten years from cancer. After Adam and Lizzie met back up in town when he helps her with her son Adam, for the most part, stays to himself at his ranch. Lizzie not Lizzie is back in her home town but she has a son with a cowboy from a wealthy family, he does not want anything to do with the boy and at the same time told his family about her which was not all true. Adam and Lizzie have known each other for years, a matter of fact she was the best friend to his wife who has now been passed on for ten years from cancer. After Adam and Lizzie met back up in town when he helps her with her son Adam, for the most part, stays to himself at his ranch. Lizzie not understanding why this older woman keeps taking pictures of her son soon finds out when the family of his father sues for custody. Now needing some type of help Adam says he will help her in order to fight them to keep her son. Really, he ends up fighting to save himself. Lizzie takes a while to decide about being with him, and there are places where for me the story dragged. I really wanted to like the book very much but this one just left me a little short for some reason. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 3 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Watkins

    How does one get over a broken heart? Losing the love of his life, Adam has closed himself off from everything barring working from dawn to dusk on his family ranch. The fact that his grief is laced with guilt only exacerbates the situation. Lizzie on the other hand, is carrying the responsibility of her own mistakes and whilst she does not regret her sweet son one bit, life is more complicated than she ever thought it would be. They had once been best friends, but Louisa's death has brought How does one get over a broken heart? Losing the love of his life, Adam has closed himself off from everything barring working from dawn to dusk on his family ranch. The fact that his grief is laced with guilt only exacerbates the situation. Lizzie on the other hand, is carrying the responsibility of her own mistakes and whilst she does not regret her sweet son one bit, life is more complicated than she ever thought it would be. They had once been best friends, but Louisa's death has brought about a gulf of despair between them and there is no way of bridging it, until Lizzie is desperate for help and Adam is the only one who can provide it. This book is well written with complex personalities. It portrays so much pain that one cannot help but wonder whether Adam and Lizzie will ever manage to get beyond their mistakes. Although part of a series and characters from other books appear in this one too, this is a standalone and comes to a very satisfactory close. I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.

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