It is always wonderful when I have the opportunity to review a book in a series I’ve been meaning to read–especially when it is the final book. Such was the case with the Love Blossoms in Oregon Series by Miralee Ferrell.
I had picked up books one and two at some point when they were either offered for free or on a big discount, and the novella for free earlier this month. They’ve been on my list for quite some time. The titles and beautiful covers drew this reader in.
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and David C. Cook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
When her father’s debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson’s family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah’s family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she’s fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.
This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman’s past.
“We aren’t good enough to earn God’s love. He gives it to us as a gift of grace, not because we did anything to earn it.”
-Francis Cooper, Dreaming on Daisies
Characters: When I started this book, I was pleased to learn that one of my favorite secondary characters would have a stronger role in this book…the forthright Mrs. Francis Cooper, Katherine’s mother in the first book. While her story is not the forefront, she does have a strong supporting role concerning the heroine’s (Leah) father, Charlie Pape. Leah is a character that I found I could really relate to, not so much because of the specific problems that she faced, but the way she reacted to them or rather let them shape her world. Steven Harding was also a wonderful character who showed up in the second novel of this series and I enjoyed learning more about his story as well.
Storyline: There was a lot that happened in this book. Emotions were often running high with Leah dealing with running a ranch while her father was getting drunk and a lot of family secrets started to reveal themselves when Leah’s brother shows up at the ranch 6 years after he left. This book did a wonderful job of capturing what I thought were accurate and realistic reactions to some of the information presented.
My Thoughts: “Saving the best for last” definitely holds true for this book–and it was certainly my favorite of this series. I loved every single character and especially enjoyed the bantering between a prideful Charlie Pape and forthright Francis Cooper. The two were such fun. Leah was just all around sweet and reading about the growing friendship and relationship between her and Steven made for a wonderful story as well. It was a great finale to a series that I have really enjoyed.
About the Author:
Miralee and her husband Allen have been married over 40 yrs. They live on 11 acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. Miralee also rides her horse on the wooded trails near their home with her grown daughter who lives nearby. She’s an avid reader and has a large collection of first edition Zane Grey books, which inspired her desire to write fiction set in the Old West. When she started writing fiction Miralee believed that she’d always stay with women’s contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance. Her first two books were women’s contemporary with Kregel Publications, The Other Daughter, and Finding Jeena.
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