Are you a convenience store type person, or a do-it-yourselfer?
I’ve always had fun making things from scratch. For many years after I got married I enjoyed making bread and even my own sausage. I even bought casing and stuffed it, with the help of my fantastic Kitchen-Aid mixer attachments. Until I realized that we don’t like link sausage and I was always cutting the casing off afterward and cooking the sausage like you would ground beef. Skipping that step saved me some time!
While I haven’t made either of these things for a while, reading Loving the Mountain Man brought back fun memories. . .
Loving the Mountain Man
by Jeanette Lewis
Publication Date May 17, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
He’s a big tough mountain man who doesn’t need anyone … except her.
Ledger Price spends his days doing what he loves–hiking, fishing, hunting, and exploring the mountains around his hometown of Tamarack Ridge, Montana, all while filming for his popular MyHeartChannel, Montana Mountain Man. The only downside is his daughter, Aubrey, who loves to come on his excursions, but also yearns for someone with a feminine touch. But Ledger is not relationship material; he tried with Aubrey’s mom discovered marriage is not worth giving up his freedom.
Brynn Ramsey is building a successful career as a real estate agent to the wealthy in San Clemente, California. Sure, it’s stressful, but Brynn figures it’s all part of paying her dues. When she starts having debilitating panic attacks, her mentor sends her home to Tamarack Ridge for some R&R. It’s only supposed to be for six weeks and then she’ll be back to the sunny beaches of Southern California. But when she reconnects with Ledger, her dreams begin to shift from palm trees to pines.
As their relationship grows more serious, Brynn and Ledger have to make a choice. Is love worth any sacrifice?
I would like to thank Jeanette Lewis for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Ledger was such a mountain man. It was so cool how he loved to do everything himself; to live off the land. Oh, and he was protective as well. I enjoyed picturing him making his videos – somehow the contrast between the he-man persona and the techie camera/video editor was funny to me. He could hunt and fish and make homemade fruit rolls, but he couldn’t braid his daughter’s hair. Or provide the woman’s touch that she needed. Being the loner that he was, he also didn’t really know how to be in a relationship.
Reading Loving the Mountain Man made me think back on favorite camping trips. It also reminded me of the (completely irrational) fear I had that my parents might divorce when I was younger. (It wasn’t that they fought or anything like that. I think it was the shock of finding out that some parents actually did that.) The story was a sweet, emotional journey. It was just the right length for the story, not too short and not too drawn out and overly dramatic.
Is this not the sweetest line?