About the book: Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.
Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.
Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.
My review: I really thought I was going to enjoy this book. I liked the premise of Cassidy moving back and converting her Aunt Roxie’s house into a B&B. I liked her attitude of proving her jerk of an ex-husband Jack wrong. However, after the first chapter of the book, I felt like something was missing. In fact, I became bored with the book.
I feel like Cassidy wasn’t the strong-willed person I thought she was going to be and this was disappointing to me. She came across as weak and not a character I could relate to. I found myself not caring for Jarrod much more than I did Cassidy and I found their interactions awkward and the tension between the two as awkward and unnatural.
My favorite character in the book was Clover, the pig. She brought a smile to my face and I found myself wanting to read more about her.
This is the third book in the series and perhaps if I had read the first two I would have felt differently about the characters in this one. Even though this book wasn’t my cup of tea other readers, especially those who love western type romances might enjoy it.
I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the author: Award-winning, Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 2.5 million books and her holiday story, OPERATION: MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS has been optioned for an ABC Family Movie. Debra is known for her snappy dialogue, cowboy heroes and spunky heroines set in Texas. Her awards include: The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine’s Book of the Year. She’s also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. A sixth generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in central Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She is the author of the much loved Mule Hollow Matchmakers series where you never know what the Matchmaking “Posse” is going to do next! She’s written for Harlequin Love Inspired and Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian and DCP Publishing. She is currently working on her 38th novel surrounded by cows, dogs and even renegade donkey herds that keep her writing authentic and often find their way into her stories. She loves helping people smile with her fun, fast paced stories.