Publisher Description

When John Rankin's wife Annie dies, leaving him with two children to raise, he's not quite sure how he can do that and run a working cattle ranch, too. Annie's domain was home and hearth, and her dying put a hole in his day-to-day rancher lifestyle—far beyond the one she left in his heart.

But his heart is only one of his problems when ten-year-old Callie rebels. Missing her mom and unsure how her life is unfolding, Callie pushes back at every turn and John is unsure how to help her. Then his friend, Buck McGinnis, introduces him to Abby Cooper. Buck thinks John should seek the counsel of a woman for advice dealing with a moody pre-teen female. Suddenly, life becomes even more complicated.

The Parker Ranches, Inc. series launches with this short novella, The Rancher's Second Chance, establishing the patriarch of the family, John Rankin, and his second chance at love and healing his family.


The Parker Ranches, Inc. series is a contemporary western romance series written by award-winning and bestselling romance author Maddie James.

Linked by strong family relationships, these stories take place in multiple ranch settings in Montana, South Dakota, Texas, and Kentucky. The Parker and Rankin families—Montana ranchers for generations—anchor the series and provide the foundation for stories to come. As families grow, forming new ranch partnerships, you'll also meet the South Dakota MacKay and the Texas/Kentucky Remington families.

Parker Ranches, Inc. books are first and foremost romance stories with happily-ever-after endings. Some are sweet, most are steamy, and a few are erotic. These novels and novellas always feature cowboy heroes and the women who love them—often with complicated relationships and external challenges that require time and attention to sort out.

Welcome to Rankin's Rock Creek Ranch.

November 18
Sand Dune Books
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

Dixie471 ,

The Ranchers Second Chance

I enjoyed the story, just didn’t like the vulgar words it didn’t add anything to the story.

Lovestoread32 ,

Not The Best Use of My Time

There wasn’t much I enjoyed about this book. I pushed through it because it was short and I hoped it would improve. It seemed like the author took an idea, or a full-length book, and then cut out parts, leaving little character development and abrupt and unrealistic scenes. The daughter was struggling and defiant most of the book, but suddenly when her brother told her that marrying again would make their father happy, she was happy. I struggled to like John from the first pages, when it seemed fine that he “ignored his wife for days” to work the ranch because she was happy tending to their home. The short description of their marriage in which she “never strayed” didn’t quite match up with the statements implying his love for her. What a frustrating and disappointing read.

Mrsshea09 ,

Too vague

I didnt read the whole thing. I felt the development of the relationship between John and Abby, needed more details.

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