Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Good Message -- Charming Romance

Molly Hatfield feels responsible for her crippled brother, Donny. When a fire destroys their home in the mining town of Dobson Creek, Colorado, they travel to Cactus Patch in the Arizona Territory where Molly hopes to become the heiress of the Last Chance Ranch. Although she doesn't particularly like ranching or cows, Molly hopes the ranch will provide a secure home for Donny.

One of the stipulations of becoming the heiress is that she must sign an agreement that she'll never marry. This doesn't bother Molly. Her primary concern is Donny's welfare, until she meets Dr. Caleb Fairbanks. Molly has always been overly protective of Donny, but Caleb sees a need for the young man to become more independent and so their stormy romance begins.

I enjoyed the book. Molly and Caleb and interesting characters, but in some ways Donny is the focal point. I thought the author's message was excellent. Both animals and humans need the freedom to grow so they can maximize their abilities. It takes several painful experiences, but Molly finally sees the wisdom in Caleb's treatment of Donny and it frees her to be in love.

This is the second book in the series about Last Chance Ranch, but can be read as a stand alone. I enjoyed both books, but I thought the tension in the first book was more realistic. Still it's a good read.

I reviewed this book for the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.