I am a sucker for a good western romance novel so when Jessica Nelson asked if I would review her new book “Love on the Range” I naturally agreed even though my calendar was filling with other review obligations and the threat of potential jury duty was looming. I am so glad that I didn’t turn her down.
“Love on the Range” can take its deserved place among some of the best books I’ve read in awhile. Not only does this appear to be Jessica’s first novel but it is also one of those much maligned mass market paperbacks published by Harlequin. As far as I’m concerned, the quality of the books in any of the Love Inspired categories has improved dramatically. “Love on the Range” can stand proudly next to many of the trade paper novels published today.
The realities of life during World War 1 and the terrible influenza pandemic of that era were realistically portrayed. The isolation of the Oregon ranch and the constant threat of the slave traders kept just the right amount of tension throughout the story. I loved the characters. Gracie was opinionated, spunky, and stronger than she thought and she had a true love for Christ and a heart of compassion. Trevor was the perfect hero – loyal and true to the core but emotionally conflicted about his own worthiness. Uncle Lou and Mary were interesting enough that I would like to hear more of their story (hope there will be a sequel). A strong and uncompromised message of faith was woven throughout the story but was not at all preachy.
I can’t think of a thing I didn’t like about “Love on the Range” except that it ended much too soon. I look forward to more books from this promising new author.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by the author.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Any other socialite would view being packed off to a remote Oregon ranch as a punishment. But Gracelyn Riley knows that this is her opportunity to become a real reporter. If she can make her name through an interview with the elusive hero known as Striker, then she’ll never have to depend on anyone ever again.
Rancher Trevor Cruz can’t believe his secret identity is being endangered by an overly chatty city girl. But if there’s one thing he knows, it’s that Gracie’s pretty little snooping nose is bound to get her in trouble. So he’ll use her determination to find “Striker” to keep an eye on her…and stick close by her side.
Read an excerpt from “Love on the Range” HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She believes romance happens every day, and thinks the greatest, most intense romance comes from a God who woos people to himself with passionate tenderness.
When Jessica is not chasing her three beautiful, wild little boys around the living room, she can be found staring into space as she plots her next story. Or she might be daydreaming about a raspberry mocha from Starbucks. Or thinking about what kind of chocolate she should have for dinner that night. She could be thinking of any number of things, really. One thing is for certain, she is blessed with a wonderful family and a lovely life.