Review: Love on the Range by Jessica Nelson

Love On The RangeLove on the Range by Jessica Nelson
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Love Inspired
Pages: 288
Source: ebook provided by the author

Any other socialite would view being packed off to a remote Oregon ranch as a punishment. But Gracelyn Riley knows that this is her opportunity to become a real reporter. If she can make her name through an interview with the elusive hero known as Striker, then she’ll never have to depend on anyone ever again.

Rancher Trevor Cruz can’t believe his secret identity is being endangered by an overly chatty city girl. But if there’s one thing he knows, it’s that Gracie’s pretty little snooping nose is bound to get her in trouble. So he’ll use her determination to find “Striker” to keep an eye on her…and stick close by her side.


Review: Love on the Range is an inspired and clean Christian romance. Gracie is a naive and pampered socialite that is sent to stay with her uncle in Oregon to avoid the flu pandemic sweeping the nation. While she is naive and pampered, she is sweet and accepting of others.

In the beginning, she comes across as snobby, the way she ‘assumes’ certain things about people due to first impressions and appearances. Luckily she gets over that early on in the story, with the help of Trevor Cruz, her uncle’s right hand man.

Trevor has been through more than most men twice his age and has a lot to overcome. He wants a normal life, a wife and kids; but there are things he has to take care of before he can even consider any of these things. Unfortunately, Gracie has a way of making him feel things he isn’t quite ready to feel.

The story is a good one and I enjoyed it very much. Gracie was a bit irritating at the beginning, but I think it was important that she was so you can see how she’s grown by the end of the story. I love the interaction between Uncle Lou, Mary, Trevor and Gracie. The dynamics between them all work well together.

Other than Gracie’s petulance in the beginning, the only thing that I found boring was the constant mention of the elusive Striker; the government agent that was a ghost…Gracie’s desire to find him gets old. I think the story would have worked just as well if Striker wasn’t her single minded focus throughout most of the story.

The Christian theme is strong but not overpowering. Miss. Nelson did an excellent job of intertwining Christianity, history, struggle for women’s rights and an unlikely romance. I would enjoy reading other books by her.

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