First in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the hugely popular Sweetheart Sisters novels!
At heart, Elizabeth Palmer is a practical Jersey girl. And her life reflects that—until everything suddenly falls apart. In a bid to change her luck, the intrepid reporter accepts a job to write a story on a reclusive quarter horse breeder in Chatham Ridge, Georgia. To her surprise, she finds herself settling into the warm, inviting town—even joining the Southern Belle Book Club—and craving the company of the rancher she’s there to interview….
Hunter McCoy has good reason to keep his distance from the determined reporter. Tragedy has taught him to stick to things that don’t require his heart. But he can’t seem to resist the vulnerability he detects beneath Elizabeth’s tough demeanor.
But when Hunter is faced with the possibility of a terrible loss and shuts Elizabeth out, she will have to prove to Hunter that having somebody love you can heal all wounds…
A skimpy framing device does little to support Jump's inconsistent first Southern Belle Book Club contemporary. Elizabeth Palmer got tired of playing it safe, quit her mind-numbing job as a bookkeeper in Trenton, N.J., and kicked off her brand-new career as a journalist. Her first assignment is to drive to small-town Georgia to interview reclusive rancher Hunter McCoy about his breeding operation at Silver Spur. Scarred by his fianc e's tragic death and consumed with rebuilding the ranch to its former glory, Hunter cannot relinquish the burden of guilt or let himself enjoy anything. While Hunter's reticence is understandable, nothing explains why Elizabeth should put in the effort to get past his walls. She's stubborn and determined to make her dream career work, but her attraction to Hunter seems to mostly be about wanting to be part of a close-knit family like his. The book club ladies and Hunter's sister, Amberlee, are only introduced for long enough to set the stage for future titles in the series. The ranch is vividly drawn and Hunter's love for his horses shine through, but that's the only enjoyable part of this lackluster romance.