Title: Peach Blossom Rancher
Author: Ada Brownell
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org
If you haven’t read The Lady Fugitive, there are some references to events or characters from that novel that are mentioned in Peach Blossom Rancher. While you could read Peach Blossom Rancher as a standalone, I enjoyed the story more having read the prior novel. In the author’s latest novel, we return to 1909 and the state of Colorado where John Parks has taken over the ranch his father bequeathed to him.
With so much work needing to be done due to the judge’s neglect, money is extremely tight. The tension in the story that really kept me reading was the fact of John possibly being arrested for murder along with his trying to discover which of two women he really loved. One of the women is Victoria who lives in Boston though she once owned a ranch with her deceased husband nearby. Victoria, like her father, is a lawyer and John soon finds himself in need of a really good one!
John is learning too how much work a ranch and peach grove take along with the amount of money to keep up with living expenses and repairs. After some time, it was interesting how John grew to depend more on the Lord for his needs and wisdom in making decisions. The action never seems to stop whether in caring for something connected to the ranch or the threats to John for taking in a woman another family has abandoned.
The care that soon consumes Victoria is one that I found quite interesting, but won’t reveal it so as not to ruin other reader’s discovery. The author again shows her love of action, adventure and history in the tale as well as the continual theme of faith in the story. In many scenes, the author has her characters praying or sharing Scripture to bring encouragement, wisdom or comfort. I hope you curl up and enjoy this western tale of love, redemption, sacrifice and faith along with the first novel, The Lady Fugitive.
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