A classic story of starting over and learning to love again
When Molly learns that her grandfather is sick, she packs up her two sons without a second thought and makes the long drive to Sweetgrass, Montana. But once she arrives, her warm memories of a sprawling ranch don't quite match the reality: Molly's grandfather is more ill than she thought, the place is shabby and there is a stranger running things.
Molly has learned to be suspicious, and she has questions about ranch hand Sam Dakota. Why is he working there? Why doesn't the sheriff trust him? But despite everything, Molly can't deny her attraction to Sam—until her ailing grandfather tries to push them into marriage. Moving to the state of Montana is one thing; entering the state of matrimony is another. Before she can move forward, Molly will have to figure out how to trust her own heart again.
“It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters… When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.” —BookPage
Well-developed emotions and appealing characters help freshen this familiar contemporary of an embittered cowboy, a wary divorcee, a rebellious teenager, a ranch in trouble and--oh, yes--a hooker with a heart of gold. After learning that her beloved grandfather is ill, Molly Cogan decides to move to Montana and live with him, bringing her two boys, one of whom is undergoing a difficult adolescence. Once there, she tries to fight her feelings for ex-rodeo rider and ranch foreman, Sam Dakota, while mysterious acts of vandalism threaten to drive them from the homestead. A second love story, involving a prostitute and the town lawyer, becomes entwined with a contrived subplot about a militia group that, for reasons never fully made clear, desperately wants this particular ranch. Although the plot construction can seem a little forced, Macomber (This Matter of Marriage) is a skilled storyteller who turns it into an engaging, unabashedly sentimental love story. Author tour.