Monday, March 30, 2015

Bethany House, 2013

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When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father's Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who's determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.

Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their relationship—and their belief that God can work through every circumstance—survive?


Many years ago, I was sitting in a barbershop with my son, waiting to get him his annual “high and tight” haircut for little league baseball season. The place was very much the stereotypical “man’s” joint, where men gathered to talk about man things—and it was the only place my son would allow me to take him. So we waited. A short while later, a true Texas cowboy walked in, replete in straw Stetson and Wranglers. He joked with the others in the shop, then slanted a look at the barber and asked, “You got time for a cut, Bobby? I been getting it trimmed at the ladies downtown, but I’m needin’ a real cut now.”

At that moment, he seemed to catch sight of me, for he swiped his hat from his head, tipped his chin in my direction and said, “No offense, ma’am.”

Oh. My. I think I managed to whisper, no offense taken, but I’m not sure. I may have giggled. Which leads me to my review…

There were many things about Bo Porter that made me love the character—after all, he’s from Texas and he’s a cowboy—what’s not to love? But scenes like this one certainly sealed the deal:

She didn’t need to put space between them, because Bo himself would see to that. Because of their work relationship, she could count on him to keep things between them honorable and friendly. He had old-fashioned values. He was actually…ethical. (UNDENIABLY YOURS by Becky Wade,
Bethany House, 2013).

Wade did a remarkable job of making all of the charcters in her novel, Undeniably Yours, appealing and fun. This was an entertaining read, and certainly deserving of its prestigious Carol Award.

Review by Elizabeth Ludwig 


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