Family, community, hard work. It’s what always draws the folks of Morgantown back to the ranch—along with the promise of so much more . . .
Widowed for ten years, now running the family ranch, Adam Miller is no longer the fun-loving guy who married his high school sweetheart the moment they graduated. His bitterness in the aftermath of her death even alienated his closest link to her—Lizzie Taylor, her best friend. But when Adam comes across Lizzie in a dire situation, he’s compelled to help—and finds himself with an unusual opportunity to make amends . . .
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. When Adam shocks her by offering to pose as her partner, awkward as it may feel, it’s Lizzie’s best chance to hold onto her child. And as they strive to present a united front, their old friendship rekindles, sparking an unexpected attraction—along with past hurts and secrets. Soon they realize they’ll have to find a way to forgive if they want to move forward—especially with
each other . . .
Praise for Kate Pearce’s The Rancher
“Pearce’s fans and contemporary romance readers will want to pick this one up and read it to the end.”
“Fans of Pearce’s Morgan Ranch series and all who enjoy contemporary western romances will relish the love story.”
—Booklist (Starred Review)
Pearce returns to Northern California's Morgan Ranch in this heartfelt second entry in the Millers of Morgan Valley series (after The Second Chance Rancher). Lizzie Taylor had a teenage crush on her friend Adam Miller, but Adam fell in love with, and eventually married, Lizzie's best friend, Louisa, instead. Louisa's death, 10 years before the start of the book, left a deep rift between Adam and Lizzie as they struggled to deal with their grief. Now a single mom juggling childcare and a waitressing job, Lizzie is reunited with Adam when her son, Roman, has a health crisis and Adam comes to their rescue. Rekindling their friendship sparks a mutual attraction as Adam finally breaks free of the sorrow and isolation he has shrouded himself in since Louisa's death. As they both wrestle with big emotions, Adam's grief sometimes veers toward surliness and Louisa's insecurities become tedious and petty. Despite these character flaws, their mutually supportive relationship is refreshingly mature. Readers will be gratified by this feel-good love story.
Catching up on the Miller’s of Morgan Valley. I read out of order, but really didn’t matter to much. Love the Miller gang! Adam is the oldest and still mourning the lost of his high school sweetheart. Married only 3 years when his wife died of cancer. Louisa and his BBF, Lizzie was there throughout all the hard times, but after Louisa’s death Adam and Lizzie had a falling out.
Lizzie lost both her BBFs when Louisa died. Adam was so distant and managed to avoid her, which is surprisingly hard to do in a small town. Being a single mom to a cute little boy, Roman she had to grownup fast. It’s been 14 years since Louisa passed away and Adam still is holding on to his memories of the love of his life. Thanks to Roman, they reconnect but there are ghosts of the past to overcome.
The story was good, although Adam hanging on that long to his grief seemed a bit unrealistic. On to the next in the series.
The Rancher's Redemption
I have received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
This is a great addition to the Miller family series. I adored both protagonists, Adam Miller and Lizzy Taylor. Adam has a full plate that he is trying to cope with at the moment. His mother, Leanne is coming for a visit after a several decades absence. He is also still trying to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, Louisa (even though she died 14 years ago at the age of 21) to cancer. He has struggled with his grief and turned his back on everything except for his family and the family ranch. Adam has put the deceased young woman on a pedestal and some thing will come to light that will blow the pedestal to smithereens! His cup has runneth over his breaking point.
Lizzy Taylor has been best friends with both Louisa and Adam. She had a slight crush on him in school, at least, until he saw Louisa and fell in love with her. Now 14 years later, Adam has to come to Lizzy's aid with her young son who was stung by a bee and has to be rushed to the medical center. It is the first time in 14 years that these two former best friends have anything to do with each other.
Adam and Lizzy have a long rough road to follow to get to their HFN. This one was difficult to read at times because of the depth of grief that Adam has to overcome. There really is no time period to overcome the 5 stages of grief.
I loved reading this in it's dual POV format. I was really able to understand Adam so much better when getting that glimpse into his thoughts in a given situation. He was something of a jerk at times with Lizzy but reading his thoughts really revealing a side of him that still had a gaping hole that hasn't healed yet.
While this is the second book of the series, you don't have to read the first book to fully enjoy this one. I would though highly recommend it (to someone over the age of 18 though.)
This is a slightly sexy read so I would not be able to recommend this to anyone under the age of 18.
The Rancher’s Redemption
Not my favorite book.