Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Rancher's Song by Vivian Arend [Review]

 A Rancher's Song by Vivian Arend
A Rancher's Song (The Stones of Heart Falls #2) by Vivian Arend
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for review
Date read: May 1, 2018

The Stones of Heart Falls
1. A Rancher's Heart
2. A Rancher's Song - PaperbackKindle
3. A Rancher's Bride

Vivian Arend
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Ivy Field's heart nearly broke when she left Heart Falls, but her high school sweetheart insisted she follow-through on her dream of becoming a teacher. She thought that meant putting their relationship on hold briefly, but it's taken eleven years to return. Now she's back, no longer a painfully shy young girl but a confident woman who knows exactly what and who she wants--a home and a family--with too-sexy-for-his-boots Walker Stone. He was her first; she wants him to be her last.

Walker "Dynamite" Stone was still reeling from his parents' unexpected deaths when Ivy left. He let her go, throwing himself into work on the Silver Stone ranch and dangerous living on the rodeo circuit. But lately Walker's adrenaline junkie ways have crashed--he's having panic attacks. Potentially devastating to his budding music career, they're a deadly handicap when shooting for eight seconds aboard an angry bull. He needs to learn to face his fears to save the family fortunes. If he succeeds, this time Walker will be the one to leave Heart Falls, and Ivy, behind.

Will Ivy and Walker have to give up on forever, or can they turn this rancher's song into a winning duet?
Thoughts on A Rancher's Song: We're back with the Stones and their brood of friends and family. This time, it's Walker's turn to face his issues and nab the lady he's never forgotten. Or maybe it's Ivy's turn to sweetly get Walker to realize what he'd miss out on if he walks away from Heart Falls and her.

First off, I kinda dig the Stone family. They're dedicated, hard working, and they go all-in once they set their sights on what they want. For some of them, it's the figuring out what they want that's tricky. Walker, for example, is torn between helping on the family ranch, continuing his rodeo career (a dangerous option what with his panic attacks and all), and finding his way in the music industry. And then there's Ivy. The girl who left to pursue her own dream and is now back in touching distance.

Eleven years is a long time and yet Ivy's still got that thing for Walker. Helping him get a handle of his issues while showing him she's grown into a woman able to stand by his side is her challenge. Frankly, getting Walker to open up AT ALL about what's bothering him is a pretty monumental feat. But with a little time and a little perseverance, she manages.

Caleb and his family were fun, Luke's setup has me grinning. The rest of the family will fall before they know it and I, for one, an DELIGHTED by that. Because I love these sticky family dynamics and the support they all show for one another.

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