The Rancher's Homecoming
by Anna J. Stewart
Series: Return of the Blackwell Brothers #5
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date December 1, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Chance Blackwell's return – could cost her everything!
Ten years after he eloped with Katie Montgomery's sister, Chance Blackwell's back in Montana to sell his family ranch – meaning Katie could lose her job and the only home she's known. But the loyal cowgirl's keeping a secret that could shatter trust and jeopardise her future with the widowed musician and her toddler niece. Unless Chance's growing affection for her and all things Blackwell can earn Katie his forgiveness – and his love?
I would like to thank Prism Book Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: The Rancher's Rescue, The Rancher's Redemption, The Rancher's Fake Fiancée
Finally, Katie gets her story told. After seeing her struggle with keeping the Blackwell ranch afloat in the past four books of the series, we now get to see more of what has been going on. The pressure she has been under to hide her father’s secret and to keep that “other” secret is almost too much.
Chance finally returns, albeit very reluctantly, to Montana with his adorable daughter. He was so fun because despite appearing to be the very typical cowboy, it ends up that he is scared to sit on a horse. A fact that ends up making for a very gallant act on his part.
As a songwriter, Chance has come up empty since his wife died. It was humorous how throughout this story, all those around him kept saying things that he knew would make great lyrics so he would be scribbling them down. That theme of him needing to find his song again was a sweet one.
Rosie captures my heart in the way well-written children will. It was so fun seeing her tough father melt at her requests and dress her in all the pink her little heart desired. Probably the funniest scene in the book was when, at Jon’s ranch for dinner, Rosie talked about naming the cows. As the adults tried to explain to her why that was a bad idea, things went from bad to worse!
The story was well written and the tension relating to the secrets was just right. Add a missing father, an accident in the rain and secrets coming to light at just the wrong time and you have an enjoyable read.
I couldn’t help but notice how the author kept going back and forth about whether Jon and Lydia were married. At one point in the story they were planning the wedding and enlisting help. Then they were married with the twins calling her “mom”, and then the wedding was being planned again. I also felt the resolution of the situation with Big E was anti-climactic after the build-up through the other books.