This is the kind of book I'm a sucker for: Western with the "secret baby' plot. It's a device as old as the hills but never fails to strike my 'sob-o-meter'. Ms. Ferrarella has won me over.
Cole James is a sheriff in a small town whose true love has run off to the city to seek her fortune. Veronica leaves after their one night of passion. As much as she loves Cole, she hates the idea of spending her life in a small, boring town.
Six years later, she returns--but not alone. Low and behold, she has her son with her. Cole James bonds with this child, Christopher and he asks Ronnie who Christopher's father is. She replies that "it didn't work out" with his father. Cole is disgusted, another man has seemed to have entered her life only to be discarded like he was.
The problem with this plot device is the obvious failure of a "wise father (to know) his own child" (Shakespeare, I think). Cole cannot recognize the chip off his own block. When will Cole wake up to the obvious? Has Ronnie given up her big city dreams and decided to give her son a chance to be part of a family?
Ms. Ferrarella has added new life to an old trop and she produces a winner.
Bachelor, Lawman…And Daddy?
Montana has always been in Sheriff Cole James's blood. Nothing—and no one—could make him walk away from his home. Not even Ronnie, his best friend and the woman he'd let leave even though he loved her. But now, six years after she took off for big–city life, she's back in Redemption temporarily to help her injured father and brother. That is, unless Cole can convince her to stay in town—and in his heart—permanently.
When Veronica "Ronnie" McCloud discovers that the fearless lawman who rescued her family is Cole, she knows it won't be long before her secret comes out: Cole is her little boy's father. Will the truth tear them apart for good, or will it give them a chance to become a family?