My Rating: 5 Stars
Description: Molly Hatfield comes to
Arizona Territory seeking stability and security. But living in Cactus
Patch provides her with more than she ever dreamed of.
nothing Molly wouldn’t do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming
herself for the accident that left him wheel-chair bound, Molly has
dedicated her life to his care. But in 1896, gainful employment for a
woman is hard to come by. So when Molly learns that an eccentric rancher
in Cactus Patch, Arizona, is looking for an heiress--someone to take
over management of the ranch in exchange for future ownership--she jumps
at the chance to provide a real home for her brother.
proves to have a knack for ranching and agrees to remain single for
life, the ranch can be hers. Neither stipulation worries Molly. She’s
resourceful and hardworking. And she gave up dreams of marriage long ago
when she dedicated her life to her brother’s well-being.
Molly didn’t bank on meeting Dr. Caleb Fairbanks, the town’s handsome
and charismatic young doctor. Caleb has a way with Molly that makes her
nervous. But it’s how he is with her brother that really alarms her.
Caleb sees past the wheelchair and genuinely likes Donny, but Molly
fears he’s putting unrealistic ideas into her brother’s head. Falling in
love with Caleb would threaten everything she’s worked for, even her
brother’s future happiness.
But it could be the very reason God brought her to Last Chance Ranch.
My Thoughts: This was a really great book. I had not read the first so I did not know what to expect but I am glad that I read it anyway. Brownley did a great job of making all the characters' struggles real for me. The brother in the wheelchair, the sister who feels responsible, the doctor trying to make their lives better. I did not feel like the characters were exaggerating how they felt or living caricature lives like in so many other novels I have read.
The animals, Orbit and Magic, were really cute and add comic relief to otherwise serious scenes. They also offer the characters therapy.
I am nor so sure what to make about Last Chance Ranch, though the name is appropriate. The offer to become heiress seems like a bad one for anyone to except, I know I wouldn't. Still, it does offer a believed last chance.
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