Healing a Heart by Amy Lillard (review by Kristi)

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About the book:  The author of Loving a Lawman invites you back to the ranch…
 
As cowboys, the Langston brothers of Cattle Creek, Texas, know it’s easy to mend a fence. Mending a broken heart, however, takes time…
 
Rancher Jake Langston prides himself on being the sensible type. But five years after the loss of his wife left him to raise their daughter alone, he indulges in a one-night stand with a sexy stranger. He thought he’d never see the woman again. Four months later, though, she’s standing in his drive with a big surprise.

Bryn Talbot wants nothing from the hunky cowboy who got her pregnant, but her Southern nature demands she at least tell him about it. When Jake’s family persuades her to stay for a while, she’s soon won over by their charms—and by Jake. But with the losses the two of them have suffered in the past, neither is sure if they’re ready to take the leap to forever…

Kindle Edition, 304 pages       Published February 7, 2017, by Berkley

 

My review:  Amy Lillard is such a great writer that she has the ability to take a typical romance storyline and make it so much more. She adds heart and soul to her stories and creates characters that could easily be real people. She creates stories that immediately have you hooked and leave you wanting more. Healing a Heart is my new favorite from Amy.

I won’t tell you the storyline of this book but it is one that’s often found in romance novels. The difference is this book has characters that were dimensional and totally believable. I connected with the characters in this book much faster and easier than I did with the first book in the series. There wasn’t a character in the book that I didn’t like and every single one added to the story. It would have been nice to see more of Bryn’s friend Rick in the story but maybe he will make more appearances in future installments.

While this is the second book in the Cattle Creek series it can totally be read as a standalone. There is enough history provided to catch the reader up on what is going on. I would also warn readers that this isn’t a totally clean read. This one is a bit more of a spicy read from Amy that what many may be used to.

I enjoyed my time on the Langston family ranch and can’t wait to read the next installment in the series. I found this well-written book to be a quick read and one that left me wanting more. This is a book I would definitely recommend.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

About the author:  I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)

Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940’s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.

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