- Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Love Inspired (October 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 037387703X
- ISBN-13: 978-0373877034
A copy of this book was provided by the author for review.
About the book:
Rodeo rider Wade Stone never thought he'd step foot in Dry Creek, Montana, again. Not with his family's harrowing past. But nine years later, he's back on the Stone ranch and getting stared down by the townspeople. Except by Amy Mitchell, whose heart he broke after one sweet kiss. Wade knows she's afraid he'll leave again, but surely there's no second chance for them.
It seems the whole town—and her family—is against them. Until one beautiful Christmas sleigh teaches everyone the true meaning of the holiday.
My take on this book:
It's very rare that I pick up a Love Inspired romance novel, but after reading this one I think I have been missing out.
Wade Stone left Dry Creek at the age of seventeen and never looked back, although he never forgot his first love Amy Mitchell. A rodeo rider who suffered a fall, he has been off the circuit for several months when he gets a letter from his mother Grace that she is going back home to the ranch in Dry Creek and wants him to come he decides to go because he fears that the town hasn't forgotten his mothers past. One of the first people Wade runs into is Amy, and while she is happy to see the Stone's, her family, who is also the Stone's next door neighbors, are dead set against her having anything to do with them. Will the town of Dry Creek ever accept the Stone's? Will Wade and Amy get a second chance at love?
This was my first time reading anything by Ms. Tronstad, and I am hooked.The depth of the story along with the characters really drew me in. Wade was someone that was struggling with faith, it was nice to see him change and grow through out the story. He was very considerate of his mother. Amy was a character that was so easy to connect with. She never got over her first love, and held out hope that someday he might come back. She had plenty of responsibilities taking care of the family farm while also looking out for her aunt and grandfather. Easily my favorite character had to be Grace, and what I consider the sacrifice she made for her son Wade shows the depth of a mothers love. She also had unwavering faith that the townspeople would eventually accept them.A great story that's much more than just an inspirational romance. The author weaves in a bit of suspense, and mystery to make it a page turning story that surprised me at the end. The Christmas feel of the book was just an added bonus for me. Recommended!