|Series: Brush Creek Brides # 1|
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Released: June 13, 2017
About the Book:
Former rodeo champion and cowboy Walker Thompson trains horses at Brush Creek Horse Ranch, where he lives a simple life in his cabin with his ten-year-old son, Michael. A widower of six years, he's just trying to provide a life for Michael that his late wife would've approved of. He's worked with Tess Wagner, a widow who came to Brush Creek to escape the turmoil of her life to give her seven-year-old son, Graham, a slower pace of life. Together, they run a cotton candy stand at the town's Heritage Festival every fall, donating the money they raise to the National Widows & Widowers Foundation to help those who've suffered the way they have.
Walker's boss and best friend, ranch owner Landon Edmunds, has encouraged him to start dating, and Walker looks no further than Tess. She's interested in him too, but neither of them wants to inflict more sorrow and suffering on the other than they've already endured. So when Tess confesses that her breast cancer has flared up again, Walker backs off. Way off.
In the end, he'll have to decide if he'd rather spend even a short time with Tess and Graham than not have them in his life at all. Tess wants to feel God's love and power, but she'll have to discover and accept God's will in order to find her happy ending.
My Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 (3 stars)
Walker was letting fear control his actions and Tess is living in survival mode, can these two find the faith to trust that God has a plan for them and follow his lead? Tess & Walker have a lot in common, both have young sons, both lost a spouse in an accident, both have faith in God. They have been friends for four years and their sons are friends but when they begin to see each other in a new light will their friendship end up ruined or better? Some heavy issues are discussed such as the loss of spouses and moving past grief. Walker uses his son as an excuse to allow fear to control him, but finally he finds the faith he needs to move forward and is there for Tess just when she needs him the most. My only issue with the plot was that I did not feel Tess fought for what she wanted. She gave in too easily. I also felt that their issues were not properly discussed before the climax scene and so what could have felt really right, felt rushed to me. Also what’s with the fascination of PB&J? Overall I enjoyed spending time in Utah getting to know these two characters and reconnecting with Landon & Megan but would have liked more depth to the story.
“Stunning? I wouldn’t describe Walker as stunning.