by Sarah Monzon
Series: Sewing in SoCal #2
Publication Date October 6, 2020
Genres: Clean Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
WWSOD—What would Scarlett O’Hara do?
Anything to survive, that’s what. But instead of a man-eating Southern belle in hoop skirts and big hats, my version of existence looks an awful lot like a financial conglomerate employee staring blankly at budget analysis spreadsheets. Either way, the motto has served me well most my life. Until now, that is. The corporate retreat location has just been announced, and this city girl is headed to a dude ranch in the country. How will Scarlett help me survive that? No, this time I’ll turn to the sage advice of preteen YouTubers and their ponies to keep me from making a fool of myself.
But who’s going to help me navigate the kind yet reticent cowboy in the black Stetson—the cattle ranch owner who’s slowly claiming corners of my heart?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Molly, Nicole
Motivated by the fear of hunger and need, Jocelyn wasn’t exactly living her dream. She was content, however, or at least thought she was until she discovered what life outside of San Diego looked like…
I had a lot of fun reading this! Jocelyn was so cute, the way she tried so hard not to embarrass herself by her lack of knowledge about horses. And I’ve got to admit, she did pretty well – mostly… She had the kindest heart, evidenced in so many ways. Even the animals on the ranch loved her. Yeah, I may have laughed at the accusation that she stole Malachi’s dog.
Malachi was a fun hero. He was so shy and easily tongue-tied at the thought of having to speak to a woman. This made his interactions with Jocelyn even sweeter and more humorous. I loved their text conversations!
Malachi’s brother Nick was great! The welcome speech he gave to the guests was such a riot! Yet behind his comedy was a broken man. I’m hopeful that this isn’t the last we’ve heard of him.
More inspirational than Christian fiction, there is a hint of faith in the story, though not as strong a Christian message as in other stories by Sarah Monzon. But it is a story that will lighten your heart, make you smile, and get you impatient for Nicole‘s story – which is coming out in January.
Where there were a few things that felt unlikely (surely at a dude ranch, they wouldn’t expect the visitors who clearly don’t know how to ride horses to just figure out how to mount them by themselves), this is the type of story that doesn’t have to have every detail perfect to make it enjoyable. So take it for what it is and prepare to forget your cares and enjoy!
The Sewing in SoCal series follows a group of friends. Each book stands alone even though they build on each other. I recommend reading them in order.