Friday, November 15, 2013

An Early Christmas Gift-Susan Crosby

An Early Christmas Gift

Susan Crosby

Harlequin Special Edition, Nov 19 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373657858

In California, ignoring their feuding ranching families four years ago, Jenny Ryder and Win Morgan fell in love and secretly married. When Julie miscarried, Win persuaded her into a divorce. Neither told their respective families about their marriage, divorce and miscarriage as Jenny went off to college.

Graduating from college with a degree in farm management, Jenny returns home but the local bank refuses to give her a loan as she lacks collateral. Win notices an upset Jenny drive like a lunatic; so he follows her to insure she gets home safe. With her car in a ditch, he gives her a ride. Both remain in love and they have sex only she becomes pregnant again. This time they plan to tell their respective parents. He also knows he owes her the truth about a deception he committed four years ago but Win fears losing his beloved’s trust especially with the dispute as a Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.

The latest Red Valley Ranchers contemporary (see A Family, At Last and The Cowboy’s Return) is a wonderful second chance at love. Although the family feud premise is not new (Romeo and Juliet, and even Beowulf), but proves fun to follow as the lead couple navigates treacherous water trying to change the climate.

Harriet Klausner

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