Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Pines of Winder Ranch by RaeAnne Thayne

Title: The Pines of Winder Ranch
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Cowboys of Cold Creek #10
Main Characters: Taft and Laura
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Harlequin
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Come home to Winder Ranch in these two beloved stories, where broken hearts can find exactly what they need to heal--and love again

A COLD CREEK HOMECOMINGWhen Quinn Southerland returns home to Winder Ranch, Idaho, to find former high school queen bee Tess Claybourn serving as his dying mother's hospice nurse, he's far from pleased. But recently widowed Tess has done a lot of growing up since then. And as the two reconnect, she can't help but wonder if there's room in Quinn's tortured heart for forgiveness--and maybe even love...

A COLD CREEK REUNIONAfter Taft Bowman lost his parents ten years ago, he buried himself in a grief that shut fiancee Laura Pendleton out completely. But now she's back, recently widowed with two kids in tow, and Taft refuses to let her slip away again. Laura just wants a fresh start, but that's easier said than done when seeing Taft stirs up feelings she thought she'd left in the past...

My Review:
From what I understand the rerelease version of this book holds the two stories that are in the book description, but I only received the second story, A Cold Creek Reunion, for review.

This is one of my favorite tropes...a second chance at love story. Ten years ago, Taft and Laura were almost married, but then his parents were murdered and Taft couldn't handle his grief. They were both too young. Yes, they were in love, but that wasn't enough when things got rough. Laura could see that they'd be heading for an unhappy marriage and divorce so she called off the wedding breaking both their hearts. She hoped that someday he'd come after her. He never did. 

But now she's back home. Her husband died and she's needed to come home...for her, for her kids, but she isn't sure how she'll handle seeing Taft again. Needless to say, things don't go exactly smoothly for them at first. But eventually things begin to change, begin to evolve and they begin to realize who the people they are now and how they still fit together. 

I enjoyed this story. It's a bit shorter than a normal novel, but I didn't feel like the story was scrimped on at all. It's a great, full story for just a couple of hours time commitment. I liked it and definitely recommend it. 

Unfortunately, my review copy only had the one story in it, so that's all I can review for this edition of the book. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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