Sunday, December 18, 2011
The Rancher's Courtship - Laurie Kingery
Summary of the Book:
Though Caroline Wallace can't have a family, she can
still have a purpose. Becoming Simpson Creek's new
schoolmarm helps heal the heartache of losing Pete,
her fiancé, to influenza. Then Pete's brother arrives,
trailing a herd of cattle and twin six-year-old girls.
Jack Collier expected Pete and his bride to care for
his daughters until he was settled in Montana. But bad
weather and worse news strand Jack in Texas until
spring. It's little wonder Caroline grows fond of
Abby and Amelia. But could such a refined, warmhearted
woman fall for a gruff rancher before the time comes
for him to leave again?
I've read the entire Brides of Simpson Creek series. And I've done a review for all but the first. I first read about Caroline in the first book Mail-Order Cowboy and read about her and Pete in Sarah's story. This book continues her story. You see she's STILL wearing mourning clothes after seven months after Pete's death! Not even half mourning! I know she loved him but that's a bit extreme. They were just engaged not married. And then you find out she's not planning on marrying at all! Caroline takes it to the extreme, and I couldn't help but be frustrated at her when reading about her in Prissys story where she says she's sworn off men.
But then Jack Collier moseys on in to town and starts changing her mind. BUT, he's a typical guy and does not make a move! Then he see she's taken an interest in another guy, he says fine I've lost her I'm done. Men! What is it with men they don't make moves!
If they like the girl they should make it known! Not stand in the background and watch her with another guy! I've seen it happen. The guy says I'm not ready yet, so he stands in the background while there's another guy interested in the girl and moves in. Then the first guy has lost something very special and won't know it till the girl's gone.
Jack Collier almost let that happen until he FINALLY came to his senses and admitted to Caroline that he loved her! She was just waiting for him to finally get up the gumption to do it.
But unfortunately some girls won't wait for the guy. They'll move on to a guy who will make a move. Guys are too chicken to admit their feelings to the girl. They're afraid they'll be turned down. Yes, I admit some girls are mean and will turn the guy down. But if she's the right girl she won't. Personally, I would never be mean and do that to a guy. I would agree to go out with him. Even if he's not the one for me at least I didn't hurt his feelings.
All in all I LOVED this book! I did get frustrated with Caroline and Jack for dancing around their feelings. But Abby and Amelia were too cute! But I love little kids, babies in particular! :P And I loved reading about the other Spinsters' Club girls. Including the ones who have already married and have started having babies.
Emily's Rating of This Book:
My next book will be Along Came A Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler.
On another note Friday evening two of my dear friends (who are brothers) lost their grandmother to cancer. It was their mothers mother. I'm really close to them. And I consider their family my extended family. I know what their going through for I lost my Grandpa to cancer in June. So the reason I'm mentioning this is if your grandparents are still alive grab them up and give them a big hug. Cause life is short and you can lose the ones you love most in the world in a blink. I'm lucky to still have both my grandmas still here on earth, but I know that could change in a second. I only have one grandpa left and I plan on spending a lot more time with him cause I know everything could be changed and he could go be with our Heavenly Father at any minute. So spend your free time wisely, with your loved ones.