Review: Ransom Canyon by Jodi Thomas

Ransom Canyon by Jodi Thomas
Series: Ransom Canyon (# 1)
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 386
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Rancher Staten Kirkland, the last descendant of Ransom Canyon’s founding father, is rugged and practical to the last. No one knows that when his troubling memories threaten to overwhelm him, he runs to lovely, reclusive Quinn O’Grady…or that she has her own secret that no one living knows.

Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize—college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand’s son. But one night, one wrong decision, will set his life on a course even he hadn’t imagined.

Yancy Grey is running hard from his troubled past. He doesn’t plan to stick around Ransom Canyon, just long enough to learn the town’s weaknesses and how to use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old enough to reach a car’s pedals, isn’t prepared for what he encounters.

In this dramatic new series, the lives, loves and ambitions of four families will converge, set against a landscape that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful, where passion, property and pride are worth fighting—and even dying—for.


Review: I have never read a book by Jodi Thomas but I have read many reviews and even own a few books of hers. I was excited to be able to read the first in her new series. I cannot resist reading books about cowboys and I’m always looking for new authors.

Ransom Canyon was a gorgeous book that made me actually feel like I was a cowgirl on the ranch. It was moving, heartbreaking but also a book that kept me guessing and wanting to continue reading. I was really able to put myself into the setting and imagine how life would be if I was a character in the series.

It was a great start to a new series. At first it was a bit confusing with all the different story lines but it picked up and everything made sense and was so much clearer. Each chapter was narrated by a different person which I really enjoyed. I felt like I was getting to meet all the characters more intimately. I cannot wait to read more books in the series.

Staten and Quinn had a beautiful story of love after both had suffered great loss. Quinn was an interesting character in that she was not how many females are portrayed in “cowboy romances”. She dressed rather plain and let a rather simplistic life. I’m a tad jealous of the life she has in the novel. Staten was the epitome of cowboy and his heartache leaped off the page.

Lucas was another interesting character. I really like how Jodi Thomas creates characters that are outside of the norm but yet are very believable and convincing. My heart went out to Lucas while reading.

I was completely blown away by this book and I will anxiously await the new one. I wish I could be Quinn and have my little tiny farm.





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