Clayton Proffitt came to the Circle Z Ranch for a second chance at life. As captain in the war he has seen things he wishes every day to forget. Yet no matter how much he tries the memories of friends dying and young children dying always comes to him at night. The Circle Z not only helped him but also brought in sunshine to his life by a young girl name Vanessa Grant. He promised her father he would always watch and protect her. Yet now she needs him he gets afraid. He is afraid of the promise he might have to break and the lure of her beauty. Somehow she has grown up and now Clayton is torn between protecting the girl and making her his. He knows God is testing him when he hears her crying and almost beaten to death. Can he a man scarred with memories and killing people protect this young woman from a vengeful stepfather and a life of beatings?
Vanessa Grant knows God must have a reason for everything that is happening in her life. She knows God loves her for he brought Clayton into her life. It's been years since she saw the lost, untouchable and afraid man he came as years ago. Now he has become her protector, friend and in her hearts her man. The thing is that now that she has been abused, violated and broken she is not sure Clayton would ever love her. Like a knight in shining armor Clayton takes her away for protection but never thought he would need protecting of his own. Can she ever get the man she fell in love to look at her with love and not disgust?
This is the first I have read from Shelley Gray and won't be the last. I fell in love with this series for it says so much about God and his love for us. You have Clayton who has seen so much pain and death in his life. He's not accustomed to a sweet woman like Vanessa. My heart ached for Vanessa and the pain she went through yet I root for her strength in God to continue. Right from the beginning you can tell Clayton is the man for her but memories of his past haunt him still and he's afraid. Together with God anything is possible and these two show it with their ever growing love. I loved it and can't wait for more from Shelley.
Past promises will be tested as new ones are given...
When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant crying in the barn late one night, he first thinks she’s gotten herself into another scrape. But when he spies the marks on her back and hears about her stepfather’s advances, Clayton knows he must spirit Vanessa away to safety.
As they make their way west, it becomes apparent that there’s something special between Vanessa and Clayton— far more significant than mere friendship or his sense of duty. Unfortunately, also heading west are Vanessa’s brother Miles and her stepfather Price Venture. Price wants Vanessa back for obvious reasons; Miles wants to earn his stepfather’s respect. Eventually, unexpected confrontations reach a harrowing conclusion. As their family begins to heal, their journey and trials they've faced helps them realize their future is in God's guiding hands.