Sunday, October 13, 2013

Her Wyoming Hero-Rebecca Winters

Her Wyoming Hero

Rebecca Winters

Harlequin American, Oct 1 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373754755

At Walter Reed, three marines suffering from survivor guilt and respiratory problems caused by their Afghan deployment agree to convert the Wyoming spread owned by one of them Lundgren into a dude ranch for the families of fallen comrades. When the trio completes the renovation, they begin to invite surviving family members of deceased brothers and sisters in arms (see Home To Wyoming and The Wyoming Cowboy).

In Bar Harbor, Maine, military widow Kit Wentworth receives an invitation for her and her son Andrew to spend a week at no charge at a dude ranch near the Tetons. Financially she is well off though she lives with her stifling martinet in-laws especially Charles. Kit also knows the three wounded warriors need to honor fallen comrades like her late husband Winston so she accepts over the anger of Charles who has controlled her and Andy for several years. One of the marines Ross Livingston serves as escort to the visitors. Understanding Kit’s lifestyle as he comes from a similar upper crust background, Ross falls in love with mother and son, and them with him. Meanwhile, Andy’s paternal grandparents pressure her to come home.

The third Daddy Dude Ranch romance is an engaging tale that enables readers to once again understand the mental and physical health of returning soldiers and surviving family members. The “former” upper class lead couple and the child seem real; while even more authentic is Charles the bully.

Harriet Klausner

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