Review: Healing a Heart by Amy Lillard

Healing a Heart by Amy Lillard
Series:  Cattle Creek (# 2)
Release Date:  February 7, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Sensations
Pages: 300
Source: book provided by author for review

 

 

The author of Loving a Lawman invites you back to the ranch…

As cowboys, the Langston brothers of Cattle Creek, Texas, know it’s easy to mend a fence. Mending a broken heart, however, takes time…
 
Rancher Jake Langston prides himself on being the sensible type. But five years after the loss of his wife left him to raise their daughter alone, he indulges in a one-night stand with a sexy stranger. He thought he’d never see the woman again. Four months later, though, she’s standing in his drive with a big surprise.

Bryn Talbot wants nothing from the hunky cowboy who got her pregnant, but her Southern nature demands she at least tell him about it. When Jake’s family persuades her to stay for a while, she’s soon won over by their charms—and by Jake. But with the losses the two of them have suffered in the past, neither is sure if they’re ready to take the leap to forever…

 

Review:  Healing a Heart is a western romance and a nice continuation of book one in the Cattle Creek series, Loving a Lawman.  The Langston’s are once again front and center but this time it’s Jake’s story.  He and Bryn happen to meet at a bar in Austin and have a one night stand but never are in touch again.  He’s from Texas and the fifteenth most eligible bachelor in Texas.  She’s from Georgia and had only been in Austin for a weekend with her best friend, Rick.  When she shows up on Jake’s doorstep at the family ranch where he lives with his five year old daughter, his mom and his grandmother, he thinks she’s just another gold digger who has seen the article.  She’s seen it but she’s not there for the reasons he thinks she is.

Jake and Bryn never seem to be on the same page at the same time.  They definitely have communication problems.  They’re either all in or taking a step back.  Bryn feels her home is in Georgia although there’s no one there but a few friends and Jake doesn’t want to make waves and let his feelings for Bryn be known due to heartaches from his past.  She misunderstands his feelings which is totally understandable because they never talk about his first wife who died or his feelings for her both then and now.  But when he does let his guard down and lets Bryn know his feelings there’s definitely a storm brewing!  We learn of their individual pasts and why they each act the way they do.  His daughter Wesley is like a breath of fresh air, his grandmother is a hoot and his mom has too much stuff on her mind to always be the whirlwind she usually is.

There are family and friends, small town gossips, the small town of Cattle Creek, celebrations, secrets, illness, sadness, tears, heartache, misunderstandings, fear, happiness, laughter, lots of loving and ultimately love.  The ranch hands and the horses give another layer to the story.  The characters were complex and the descriptions of the land, the ranch, the horses and ranching were vivid.  The story was sometimes choppy within a chapter.  There was closure with the epilogue but it ended too abruptly for me and really focused on five year old Wesley.  There are three more Langston brothers that need their stories to be told.  I hope we meet up with everyone in future books in the series.

Lillard is one of my go to authors.  I love her Amish books that transport me to where the story is being told.

Favorite Quote:  “Romance novels?”  Jake gave her a pained frown.

“What’s wrong with romance novels?”

“I dunno.”  He shrugged.  “Aren’t they sort of cheesy?”

 

joanne