Anyone with even a passing interest in Christian romance must have noticed the stampede of cowboys sweeping their way into the bestseller charts.
Seeing as I’ve never met a cowboy and can just about distinguish the hindquarters of a horse from its face, I’ll probably never write in this niche. But I like to keep my finger on the pulse of Christian romance and am curious about why these heroes and setting are so well-loved. So, when my talented friend and critique partner shared the manuscript of the first book in her upcoming cowboy/rancher romance series, I gladly volunteered to read it and give her my feedback.
Dalyn Weller’s roots are deeply grounded in Western culture. She lives on a horse ranch in the Pacific Northwest and works daily with animals. There’s a depth of authenticity that’s only possible when an author truly writes what she knows. This comes through in the way Dalyn brings the setting, culture, and lifestyle alive in The Rancher’s Surprise Second Chance. Apple Valley, Washington may be fictitious, but it leaped off the pages, along with the characters in this wonderful story.
This is a secret baby romance, which is, in my opinion, one of the toughest to pull off.
Cody McClure and his high school sweetheart Molly Halverson both have a lot of explaining to do. Cody for cheating on his fiancee Molly while he chased rodeo glory, and Molly for keeping Cody’s child a secret from him for so many years.
But now everyone’s chickens are coming home to roost as Molly returns to Apple Valley and her little girl becomes best friends with the son Cody fathered when he cheated on Molly.
I love a good second chance romance because the couple has to work through all the things that made them break up the first time. Molly needs to forgive Cody for being a love rat, while Cody has to work past how Molly kept his daughter from him.
Another aspect of this story I loved is how the older generations of Cody and Molly’s families shared their hard-earned wisdom, steering the young couple to make better choices the second time around.
After reading Dalyn’s manuscript, I, too, am a fan of cowboy romance.
The Rancher’s Surprise Second Chance comes out on July 11th, but you can preorder it now.
Do you enjoy reading about cowboys and ranchers? What are some of your favourite Christian cowboy romance novels? Let me know in the comments.
About The Rancher’s Surprise Second Chance
Their lives are about rodeos, ranches, and second chances.
Eight years ago, Cody McClure came home from the summer rodeo circuit with a pregnant wife even though he’d promised to marry his high school sweetheart. Now he’s the single father of a special needs son in desperate need of a nanny while he runs his family’s ranch.
Molly Halverson left Apple Valley with a broken heart and a secret. Now she’s back, a single mom in need of a job. But the only job available in her small hometown is for the man who trampled her heart and has no idea he fathered her child.
Molly needs a job. Cody needs a nanny. Their children just became best friends. Will Cody and Molly forgive each other and figure out a way to make a patched-up family despite mistakes and betrayal?
Visit Apple Valley, Washington, a town that has existed on handshakes and good morals for generations.