A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing

A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing

by Ruth Logan Herne

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From bachelor to daddy…

Shepherd’s Crossing is full of surprises

Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd’s Crossing for good—until he learns his family’s unspoken secrets. Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother’s run-down estate. Love wasn’t part of the plan…but Jace soon finds himself wishing Melonie could become part of his unexpected family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335478917
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Series: Shepherd's Crossing
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 530,419
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Award-winning novelist Ruthy Logan Herne has written over 40 novels and novellas and pinches herself to see if this is real! She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where the long, snowy winters allow Ruthy time to find a quiet spot and write her beautiful, critically acclaimed stories. With over twenty Love Inspired books to her credit, Ruthy loves to connect with her readers on facebook and through her newsletters. Visit ruthloganherne.com or contact at: loganherne@gmail.com

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A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
A story of romance and family drama, A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne is fun to read and enjoy. It’s sure to delight inspirational contemporary readers. Cowboy Jace Middleton has every intention of leaving Shepherd’s Crossing—until a family secret changes his plans. Now, he must care for his young nieces and work side-by-side with designer Melonie Fitzgerald. She, too, has experienced her share of plan-changing surprises, but as the drama of the story challenges the pair, they face it all with determination, hope, and humorous banter, of course. A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing is a sweet, romantic read. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of Ruth Logan Herne’s Shepherd’s Crossing series now. Thanks to JustRead Tours, I received a complimentary copy of A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Ruth Logan Herne’s wonderful writing and storytelling make me determined not to miss a single one of her novels. A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing brings rich characters to life in a way that readers can easily connect with – people with deal with emotionally-sensitive issues with courage and determination – and a gleam of hope always shines through. This story can stand alone, but readers of the previous book will enjoy the presence of Lizzie and Heath. The foundation of Jace’s life is torn away with the revelation of a family secret, but he steps up without hesitation, becoming father/caregiver to two children he didn’t know existed. Melonie, forced to live on her uncle’s ranch in order to gain her inheritance, battles ranch-related fears from the past while trying to keep a TV opportunity within her grasp. I loved the cute banter back and forth between these two, as well as the easy chemistry between them. And when life gets tough, they learn to rely on each other. Best of all is the gently woven faith element, reflected with relevancy as faith and daily life intersect. I highly recommend A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Erin_Slocum More than 1 year ago
Great read! This is the second in a series and though I haven't read the first book I don't feel lost in the second book. It's a great fast read which is what I expect when I pick up a Harlequin title. Our main character Jason, or Jace as he's known, gets blindsided by a lot real fast. He becomes the instant guardian of adorable twin girls after learning he was adopted and has a sister he never knew existed. Oh and the new gal to the farm he helps out with happens to be just what his heart didn't know he needed. Melonie has issues of her own. Including a huge load of debt her dad left for her when he skipped country. As she's also living out a stipulation in her uncles will by coming to the farm, a place she never wanted to be again since it involves horses. Horses are not her favorite thing and she's worked hard to stuff those memories. She also really has dreams of her own which include her own home design show. Which how will that happen while she's out in the middle of nowhere?! Jace and Melonie have a whole slew of problems to work through but they also get to do it together. You never know what close proximity and two adorable twins can do for you. Not to mention a grandmother Jace never knew he had and her meddling ways. I was provided with an e-copy of this book to facilitate my review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this author's writing style; her strengths are conversation and a cozy, homey sense of family and community. I had a hard time connecting with Jace and Melonie in this book, I think because there wasn't much character development before the plot takes off and becomes the focus. Usually the conversation and interaction between the characters allows for more development, but in this case I felt like skimming through the mundane chit chat. Jace and Melonie are attracted to each other, but an unfortunate first meeting left each with not the best impression, and they both hold themselves back and keep each other at a distance. The drama and obstacles in their lives provide the tension and conflict, and the projects that throw them together physically eventually bring them together emotionally. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
KendraNeal More than 1 year ago
A Cowboy in Shepard's Crossing is book #2 in The Shepard's Crossing series. I have not read Book #1 yet, but I was able to follow along in Book #2, great stand alone novel. I really love Quaint and Small towns and that is the setting for this book. I really enjoyed reading about Jace and Melonie. Jace becomes an "instant daddy" to his twin nieces. He then begins working with Melonie on renovating a house. The friendship quickly turns to a LOVE interest. Will the 2 raise the twins together? How far does the love interest flourish? Grab the book and find out! REALLY good book! I found it hard to put down once I started reading!
SBMC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Ruth Logan Herne has created a charming and somewhat dilapidated small town in Shepherd’s Crossing, Idaho, where people have known each other their whole lives but secrets that have been hidden quite well surface quite quickly. This book is book 2 in the series; I did not read book 1 and wish I had before picking up this story. There are secondary characters whose backstories I’m sure were explained in the first book. And the number of secondary characters and their pasts which weren’t so clear in this book got me a bit confused. Nevertheless the book is well-written with a very real faith lesson of forgiveness ingrained into the plot. The characters of Melonie and Jace have pasts that they have a hard time grappling with but learn what forgiveness and sacrificial love mean. I was given a copy of this book via JustRead Publicity Tours and was under no obligation to publish a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
A dying town. Injured heart. A chance for love Life changed dramatically for Jace when the town eccentric revealed a long-hidden secret and he ended up caring for his twin baby nieces. When Jace found out that he had been adopted, he assumed the worst - that his natural parents didn’t love him, and that his grandmother had rejected him for the color of his skin. Melonie had a terrible accident when she was a child and always felt that her father blamed her. I enjoyed the way the two had to work past assumptions they had made and learned to accept the truth that was being spoken. The adorable babies added an “aww” element to the story. Neither Jace nor Melonie knew much of anything about babies so there were some fun expectations and dialog related to that. The way they both fell deeply in love with the twin girls was super sweet. The story was complete and yet I felt that a few of the issues weren’t resolved. It was also clear in reading this that it was not the first book of the series. A number of things that were assumed. Not necessarily things that were critical to the enjoyment and understanding of the events, yet I felt a little like the new kid at a school everyone had attended all their lives. So do yourself a favor and read the first book of the series before you read this one. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Ruth Logan Herne crafted another realistic story that is filled with characters facing unexpected challenges, cultural diversity, and shocking news that rocked their lives. Jace Middleton and Melonie Fitzgerald had made plans for their future but with the twist of events they found they had to turn their personal plans over to what God had in His will for them. Discover the precious gems of hope, trust, love, faith, grace and peace as these three dimensional characters did in this heartfelt touching story as they surrendered to God’s will and found forgiveness for the hurtful pain. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my sincere thoughts.
JV More than 1 year ago
Oh, I was hooked!!! Literally by the second page, my Heart was Highjacked, and I stayed up way too late reading this book! This book is funny, sincere, well written, and full of Hope! I Loved It! HomeRun, Ms. Herne!
ksucindy More than 1 year ago
Ruth Logan Herne has never failed to write a book I dearly loved reading and A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing is no exception. These heartwarming pages tell the story of Melonie, former rich girl and interior designer, forced to live on her uncle's ranch for a year to gain her inheritance. It is also the story of Jace, an Idaho cowboy hit all at once with news that will change his life forever. Melonie and Jace are thrown together as they take on the renovation of the old mansion in Shepherd's Crossing. Jace has suddenly become daddy to twin nieces he didn't know existed, and Melonie battles with old fears to live on the equine/sheep ranch while fighting to keep alive her dream of a reality television show. Will Jace and Melonie tear down walls of the mansion only to build them up between them, or will they conquer their doubts and fears to find a love neither could have hoped for or imagined? I would recommend this book to long-time Ruth Logan Herne fans as well as new readers (and fans-to-be) of this authors work. I am eagerly looking forward to meeting the 3rd Fitzgerald sister in the next book in the Shepherd's Crossing series. I received a copy of the book from the author but was under no obligation to post a review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
'It takes a lot more than providing food and shelter to be a parent.' Ruth Logan Herne takes her readers back to Shepherd's Crossing in this second book in the series. Jace Middleton, a cowboy on a ranch there, is getting ready to leave Shepherd's Crossing for good. Then he is completely blindsided by a family secret. A HUGE family secret. Suddenly his plans have just went sideways and he must plan a new future. And he finds himself having to work alongside a very strong willed designer, Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother's falling down home. And Melonie has some scars of her own. Ruth Logan Herne writes in her characteristic shoot from the heart style in this one, as she does in all her books. Family is not something we get to choose. Sometimes we have to make a family out of what is handed to us. There is enough love to go around in this offering from Herne's caring pen. Don't miss this one. *My thanks to the author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
I honestly don’t know how Herne continually writes the kind of fiction that hits the reader right in the gut! Not only does she tackle cultural diversity in this story but familial as well. Both Jace & Melonie have the rugs pulled right out from underneath them and their worlds turned completely upside down. When a shocking truth comes to light, Jace finds himself an instant father to his young nieces he never knew existed. That’s enough to bring any man to his knees! However, he cowboys up and does what needs doing for the sake of little Ava & Annie. Melonie too, finds herself in Shepherd’s crossing on a ranch she never knew existed, willed to her and her sisters by her late uncle Chet. On the verge of a lucrative career that would have set her for life, she must now learn to live a different dream…or at least for the next year. When life gets its messiest, can these two not only learn to lean on God for strength but also work together for the same goal and possibly a more fulfilling future? One that they never seen coming? This story encourages me that when life get tough, the tough get going; with the help of the Lord of course! I really enjoyed watching Jace and Melonie deal with the blows life hands them. They realize that even though things are at the roughest, they can rely on each other, lean on family & friends, and put it all into the Lord’s hands who guides them. For me, it was a hard read because it deals with a subject that’s all too real in my life right now. I’ve had the same hard questions Jace did in my mind, and the inner battle with wanting to do the right thing even when it’s not the easiest. One thing I can say for Herne’s stories, she gives me HOPE every single time through the lives of her characters! This book came at just the right time in my own life and encourages me to keep on keeping on, to lean on the One who holds my life in His capable hands, and let others in to help when the burden gets too much. If you want an emotional read undercoated with hope, love and faith…look no further than “A Cowboy In Shepherd’s Crossing”! *I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a positive review. *