Rescued by a Rancher [NOOK Book]

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What Happens When A Texas Sweetheart Is Born With A Silver Spoon? She Stirs Up Trouble In Hope Valley!

Once upon a time…

Fabulous dinner parties, silks, satin and high society—Tracy Lynn Randolph is the valley's very own fairy-tale princess. Until she decides to fulfill her most precious wish and have a baby. Never mind that fertility clinics and fairy tales don't mix! She's...

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Rescued by a Rancher

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Overview


What Happens When A Texas Sweetheart Is Born With A Silver Spoon? She Stirs Up Trouble In Hope Valley!

Once upon a time…

Fabulous dinner parties, silks, satin and high society—Tracy Lynn Randolph is the valley's very own fairy-tale princess. Until she decides to fulfill her most precious wish and have a baby. Never mind that fertility clinics and fairy tales don't mix! She's about to scandalize Hope Valley—unless someone can wave a wand and make the perfect prince appear.

…a lonesome cowboy got lucky!

Horse breeder Linc Slade has never met a damsel in distress, but he can tell a class act, and every inch of Tracy's exquisite blond beauty says thoroughbred, loud and clear. He's loved her forever, it seems. Now one rash rescue leads to another, and before he knows it, she's in his arms for real. Can the magic last? Is this happily-ever-after?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460368893
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Series: Texas Sweethearts , #1001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 272,285
  • File size: 719 KB

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Rescued By A Rancher


By Mindy Neff

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-75005-6


Chapter One

Sometimes a woman had to take charge of her own destiny. Tracy Lynn Randolph was doing just that.

Above her, puffy clouds cast huge shadows over the Texas hills, the sky so blue it almost hurt to look at it. A brisk November wind ruffled the spiky seed pods on the sweet-gum tree, scattering little sticker balls over the lawn and onto the steps of the redbrick courthouse.

Even if it hadn't been such a glorious afternoon, nothing could have dampened Tracy Lynn's mood. Her smile far outshone any smile she'd perfected in the dozen or so beauty pageants she'd entered in her youth. She pressed a hand to her chest as if to contain her giddy excitement.

Pausing at the base of the Hope Valley courthouse steps, she closed her eyes and sent her thoughts heavenward.

Mama, are you watching? I'm finally starting on my dream. Our dream.

Her heart squeezed and her throat ached as she remembered the words her mother had uttered just hours before succumbing completely to the aggressive ovarian cancer that had been draining the life from her once-vibrant body for the past eight months.

"Give Daddy grandbabies," Mama had said, her voice weak yet steady. "You were the only child I was able to have, and he so wanted a big family."

"I will, Mama. Before I'm thirty."

In those last few weeks they'd planned Tracy Lynn's future - a future her mother, Chelsa, would never see, the fairy-tale wedding she would never attend. They'd even chosen names for the grandbabies, whose sweet, warm bodies her mother would never rock in her arms.

Those had been the very best weeks of Tracy Lynn's life. And the very worst.

Ten years had gone by since her mom had died. Tracy Lynn had truly believed she'd be married long before she turned twenty-five - a reasonable assumption since she'd never lacked for dates.

But Prince Charming hadn't arrived.

So she'd decided to go on without him.

Granted, she hadn't actually met the deadline she'd so confidently promised her mother, but she was darn close. Next month, on Christmas Eve, she'd be turning thirty.

Before that auspicious day, though, she would be able to tell her dad that he was going to be a grandpa. The thought of Hope Valley Mayor Jerald Randolph bouncing his grandbaby on his knee was enough to make Tracy Lynn laugh out loud.

She looked up as her dad pushed through the glass doors of the courthouse. He was a handsome man at fifty-nine, his dark hair graying at the temples, giving him a distinguished look. He was also still quite slim, due in part to his restless energy.

Jerald Randolph didn't know how to relax; he had to be going somewhere or doing something all the time.

She waved and jogged up the half-dozen steps to meet him on the wide landing and give him a hug. "Hey, Daddy."

His frown was both apologetic and confused as he pecked her on the cheek. "Did I forget an appointment, honey?"

"No. But I have some great news, and I couldn't wait to share it."

"Can you tell me in three minutes or less? You caught me on the way to a meeting."

"I know. I called Alice and she itemized your schedule." His secretary knew more about him than anyone else. Tracy Lynn had hoped to get her father alone so they could celebrate in private, but the man was a workaholic - had been all her life - and she'd learned to catch him when she could, often obliged to fall into step beside him as he rushed from one place to the next, conducting his mayoral duties or handling his commercial-real-estate-investment business.

"That's why I wanted to intercept you this afternoon, so you'd be the first to know. It's all I can do not to climb the flagpole and shout it to the world."

He gave her an indulgent smile. "In the interest of decorum, why don't you just tell me and I'll pass along whatever it is at the school-board meeting. That'd be a lot more effective. Those folks can spread news faster than a minnow can swim a dipper."

Although he was smiling at her, she noticed that he looked pale, tired. But her fabulous announcement would perk him up for sure.

She took a breath, felt her eyes mist from happiness.

"You're going to be a grandfather, Dad."

He looked at her in confusion.

"I'm pregnant."

Dead silence met her words. Instead of the awe and exuberant hug she'd expected, his smile faded and his facial muscles went rigid.

A sparrow hopped off a nearby brick planter, then darted away in a flutter of wings. Somewhere, a woodpecker hammered his beak into bark in search of supper, the staccato sound matching the rhythm of Tracy Lynn's heart.

Dread began to gather beneath her sternum as she waited for him to respond. Although they were the only two standing on the steps, he glanced around as if checking to see if anyone might have overheard her announcement.

This wasn't the proud reception she'd expected. He appeared ... embarrassed.

"Daddy?" she prompted. "Aren't you excited?"

Gripping her upper arm, he pulled her to one side of the landing, next to the iron bench and metal ash can county employees used during smoke breaks.

"What do you mean, you're pregnant?" The question was a harsh demand. His gaze darted to her stomach, then back to her face. "Did you think this was good news? You're not even married, Tracy Lynn."

"Oh, Daddy." She smiled and shook her head. "That's not an issue in this generation."

(Continues...)



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    Were not training in the dark forest.hed have to be evil to be there

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    How could you say that? He attacked our mother when she was a app age. Hes in the place of no stars. She shakes her head. How can you trust him. Becaude he showed you how to do cool things? Not good enough reson. Your a tratior to your clan by going there to train.

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    Get a pink iPad

    Kiss your hand three times, post this at three other books, then look under your pillow.

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