Author: Liz Isaacson
Series: Quinn Valley Ranch #11
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: February 24, 2019
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
She’s a domestic goddess. He works on her father’s ranch. They could have forever… if they could take their relationship out of the shadows.
Betsy Quinn is a queen in the kitchen. And behind a sewing machine. And with the gardening. She keeps everyone fed and happy at Quinn Valley Ranch—but she can’t stay there forever. After all, her older brother will inherit the ranch and take over the homestead.
She worries about that, but not as much as she does her crush on Knox Locke, the new farrier at the ranch. The problem? Knox’s brother is already dating Betsy’s sister, and he’s worried about stepping on too many toes. So he and Betsy devise a solution to the problem—a secret relationship.
As they work together on the ranch, have game nights with other cowboys, and plan the masquerade ball for the town’s Valentine’s Day celebration, Betsy finds herself falling in love with Knox.
But she feels inadequate telling him she just wants to cook, sew, and garden. Can she overcome her anxiety and fear and build a life with Knox? Or will their relationship be doomed to die in the shadows at Quinn Valley Ranch?
This is a clean, sweet read. The characters were likable and I could relate to Betsy’s life goals since that was also my own. Betsy is insecure about “just” wanting to be a homemaker. She questioned “this is who I am, but is it enough?” I can relate to that. In a society that values the almighty dollar, not having a pay check can give negative feelings either by the homemaker feeling inferior or someone else feeling superior. It took Betsy a while to come to terms with that. Knox gave the wrong impression by asking the wrong questions and has his own insecurities. And Betsy failed to communicate. I think there could have been more depth in the writing about this conflict but it is clean and has a nice happily ever after ending.
The relationship seemed to leap from stage to stage going from crush to boy/girlfriend to break up to make up with talking about marriage to engagement in quick jumps but the book isn’t terribly long so I guess ya gotta move quickly.
I like when author reminds me of previous book characters to trigger memory about what happened with them in previous books so thanks for that.
No sex, language or violence
*I was given an advanced copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.