THE RANCHER'S RETURN - Kathy Douglass
Harlequin Special Edition
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: When Donovan Cordoro, the hero of the story, returns to Sweet Briar, North Carolina after a ten-year absence, a lot has changed, and that’s putting it mildly. From reading prior stories of this series, it is apparent that Sweet Briar is a special place where second chances are the norm. If anybody needs or deserves a second chance, it’s Donovan. A lot can happen in ten years, and Donovan discovers that a lot has happened during his involuntary absence. For example, his girlfriend Raven Reynolds still lives in Sweet Briar, but she is engaged to be married and has a 10-year old son. Coincidence? I think not.
One intriguing aspect of this story is that no one, not even his parents, are aware of the circumstances surrounding Donovan’s sudden disappearance. I will not reveal those circumstances, but they are aptly revealed through Donovan’s backstory. At the time, Donovan is a teenager when he comes face-to-face with a life-threatening issue, and he is forced to make a hasty decision. The compelling storyline centers around Donovan as he reconnects with his parents, his girlfriend, Raven, and his old friends after his ten-year absence. There are a couple of major plot points that directly affect the outcome of the story. No spoilers; you will discover them when you read the book.
The storyline is well-developed and the side characters, like Donovan’s parents and Raven’s parents help to move the plot and reveal information about Donovan and Raven. However, the side character who stands out is Elias, Donovan and Raven’s son. He is an unforgettable, scene-stealing little character.
THE RANCHER’S RETURN grabs you from the opening pages and keeps you engaged until the end. Kudos to author Kathy Douglass for penning an entertaining story that revolves around the tried-and-true theme of second chances. I recommend THE RANCHER’S RETURN, a sweet romance, for your reading pleasure. Enjoy
18th February 2019 | email@example.com