The Rancher's Homecoming4.5 Stars

Published December 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

I was looking forward to the finale in The Blackwell Brothers Return series with Chance’s story being told.  The final installment brings the last brother home to the ranch and ties up the loose ends well. It is a standalone story but as it brings together all the Blackwell Brothers, their “attachments”, and wonderful characters surrounding them, I highly recommend reading the series.

Chance Blackwell comes back to the family ranch with his daughter Rosie. After several requests, phone calls, text messages and meetings, he finally made it back. He has not wanted to return to the place where he always felt he didn’t fit, but her also does not want to face his deceased wife’s father, the one who disowned her when she married Chance and then never answered her desperate calls when she was diagnosed with a fatal illness. His sister-in-law Katie tries to repair some bridges but the terrible feelings and memories are hard to overcome. Chance loved his wife Maura and his music career that Maura encouraged, that is, until Maura got so sick. When she died, he had Rosie to raise and felt he lost his muse, so gave up on his music. He only played for Rosie. Once he returns to the ranch, Rosie falls in love with the place and does not want to leave. Can Chance overcome his feelings, pick up his guitar and write music again and deal with his feelings for Katie?

I really enjoyed this story. The characters are engaging and believable, the story line is both heartwarming and sweet. Watching as Chance and Katie both come to terms with their past, and the mistakes they both made is such a wonderful journey. Rosie is adorable and with children in the story it always tugs at my heartstrings. I love how this group of authors came together to write a series that fits together so well. The fact that we finally come face to face with Elias Blackwell and really see why the boys felt how they did, was satisfying. To see how they were able to finally move on from the wounds they received from him as they grew up was also a wonderful way to end this series. I definitely recommend this book and series to everyone who loves second chance stories filled with love, forgiveness and family relationships. The author generously provided me with a copy of this book to read upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

About the Book (From Goodreads): Chance Blackwell’s return—

Could cost her everything! 

Ten years after he eloped with Katie Montgomery’s sister, Chance Blackwell is back in Montana to sell his family ranch. Katie could lose her job and the only home she’s known. But the loyal cowgirl is keeping a secret that could shatter trust and jeopardize her future with the widowed musician and her toddler niece. Unless Chance’s growing affection for her and all things Blackwell can earn Katie his forgiveness—and his love.

About the Author: A geek at heart, USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes “refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance.” (RT Book Reviews) Her books include The Tremayne Family Romances, The Butterfly Harbor series for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the Honor Bound series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense.

NYTimes bestselling author Brenda Novak says “The talented Anna J Stewart delivers every time!” Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it’s Snickers who tolerates her).

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