In this first book of this new series by Ms. London, we’re introduced to an abundance of characters that will clearly be incorporated into the next few books in this series. We’re told the story how Grant Tyler, before he passed away, reached out to a close friend in need in Pine River, Colorado and agreed to buy the man’s ranch from him because Bob Kendrick needed the money to pay some of his son’s medical bills. The agreement was that Grant would buy the land and in the process, Bob would work at making some payments on past due bills. Once he had his financial footing again, he would then buy back the ranch for exactly the same price that he sold it for. It sounded good at the time, but neither man drew up a legal contract and unfortunately, Grant hit a rough patch too. He found himself broke and only getting poorer from the pending paperwork of his fifth divorce. He needed money so he decided to get a second mortgage on the ranch just so he could financially get by. The one thing that neither man counted on was Grant passing away before any of the agreement was followed through on. I thought this was a crazy situation from the start. Not only did I hate Grant and his womanizing ways, but who wouldn’t decide to legally draw up a contract when it involved this kind of money and property.
When the story continued on telling that this ranch now was being passed onto the three children that Grant fathered, the drama didn’t stop there. No, it continued on to explain that Madeline who lived in Florida never knew she had two sister and nor did her sisters know of her either. I felt that this was a bad soap opera episode. When everyone was called together by Grant’s attorney, Luke Kendrick was involved on behalf of his father. He wanted to see if there was any way for this situation to be handled as if Bob and Grant’s agreement was still in effect. Gosh, I thought that this storyline would have moved much faster than it did for me. I have to be honest and say that I had to put it down and pick it back up a few times just to get through it. Granted, the author made the attraction between Luke and Madeline the later focal point of the story, but it took forever to get to that point. The characters were okay to me and the overall feeling I got from this story was that it was an alright story that helped me pass the time. Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll be looking to read the next book in this series.
After Grant passes away and leaves a financial mess in his wake, his three daughters and the Kendrick family must work through all the bumps in the road to find some happy medium to this enormous problem. In the process, Luke and Madeline realize they’re both attracted to each other, but neither thinks it’s a good idea to act upon. There are too many problems ahead of them to worry about anything else except how they are going to get out of this mess. Do Luke and Madeline decide to act upon the attraction they share together? Is everyone finally able to rectify the mess that Grant left behind for them?
The Pine River series his will be a 3 book contemporary series. Three women are left Homecoming Ranch. Each book will showcase of of he women's lives and loves.