Publisher Description

A reluctant rancher. A lonely librarian. A family in shambles. Can the rancher risk a second chance at love?

When John Rankin's wife dies, leaving him with two children to raise, he wonders how he can he take care of a family and run a working cattle ranch, too. Annie's domain was home, hearth, and the kids. Her dying put a hole in his day-to-day existence like nothing he'd ever before experienced—not only in his rancher lifestyle, but also in his heart.

As the months roll on, his heart is only one of his problems when eleven-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 and farm manager, Buck McGinnis, suggests John seek the counsel of a woman for advice dealing with a moody pre-teen female. He wants to introduce John to his friend, Abby Cooper.

John is reluctant, but eventually caves to Buck's advice.

Suddenly, life becomes more complicated.

The Parker Ranches, Inc. series launches with the novella, The Rancher's Second Chance, establishing the historical perspective of the original Parker Ranch, the patriarch of the present-day 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 (Rankin's Rock Creek Ranch; The Branded Filly Ranch), South Dakota (Sweet Grass Ranch), Texas and Kentucky (Remington Ranches). The Parker and Rankin families—Montana ranchers for generations—anchor the series and lay the foundation for stories to come. As families grow, forming new ranch partnerships, you'll also meet the MacKay and Remington families, among others.

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

Welcome to the world of Parker Ranches, Incorporated.

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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