Author: Donna K. Weaver
Series: Lilac City #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Date: October 20, 2019
Publisher: Emerald Arch Publishing
Widower Marshall Breckinridge is busy with his ranch and his two young daughters. How can a shy schoolmarm ever get his attention?
When rancher Marshall Breckinridge rescues Doris Lancaster from an attempted kidnapping, a spark alights in her, and she’s convinced they’re meant to be together. Unfortunately, the widower hasn’t spoken to her since. It seems teaching his two young daughters is as close as Doris can get to the busy man.
Marshall Breckinridge has been running for ten years. First, from his autocratic father and then from the loss of his wife. With two beautiful daughters and a dude ranch to run, he’d thought he’d put women behind him. Then he’d held Doris in his arms to comfort her. Now he can’t get her out of his mind. But he refuses to risk killing her timid sweetness with his forceful personality. Best to steer clear.
When his dandy cousin comes for a visit and sets his sights on Doris, Marshall will have to decide if he can stand to sit back and watch.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
I feel like this book had less angst or maybe less drama than the first one and I liked it better. Doris is so quiet and shy so it was fun that she wanted to be more like Francis who is most outspoken. I thought it was great that Francis is able to see clearly what others did not and even more importantly, was not afraid to say it aloud which is exactly what Doris needs to give her a push. I think she is a sweet school marm too.
I liked Marshall quite a bit but found myself saying aloud more than once, “Don’t be so stupid!” His daughters are darling and his pet names for them are adorable.
I hated that the evil uncle part still didn’t resolve but clearly that is going to be the thread that binds all the stories in the series together. I’ll have to be patient to have that resolve.
I still don’t love the narrator as she sounds schmaltzy to me but I didn’t let that bother me. It is an enjoyable story. It is a quick read/listen for an afternoon or evening read.
*I received a complimentary copy of the audio-book and voluntarily chose to review it.