Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rancher’s Son-Leigh Duncan

Rancher’s Son

Leigh Duncan

Harlequin American Romance, Nov 27 2012, $5.25

ISBN: 9780373754359

In Fort Pierce, Florida Department of Family and Children Services senior caseworker Sarah Magarity had always wanted to make a difference, but recently feels she is irrelevant when it comes to genuinely helping her needy clients. On Christmas Eve with the office closed and everyone gone, Candy “Storm” Candace delivers five year old Jimmy Parker; insisting she is doing this at the request of her best friend, Millie Gage the late mother of the child. On the birth certificate the father listed is Tyrone Parker, a nearby rancher. Storm leaves without the little boy.

Sarah takes Jimmy with her. Over the next few days, she calls Tyrone who fails to call her back as he had one brawl with her over juvenile delinquents. However, Ty finally arrives at the DFC office where she explains to him about Millie, Candy and Jimmy. Though he doubts the child is his even if Miller was his ex-wife, Ty likes the lad. While he waits for DNA results, Ty persuades Sarah and Jimmy to come on a cattle drive where the adults fall in love.

Although the DNA matchmaking premise has been used before, Rancher’s Son is a warn holiday family drama in which two adults and a child begin to form a loving relationship. Character driven, fans will enjoy this engaging Yuletide romance as a late twist accentuates that love is the foundation for a functioning family.

Harriet Klausner

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