A Rancher of Convenience

A Rancher of Convenience

by Regina Scott

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Fill-In Father…and Husband 

Sweet mail-order bride Nancy Bennett can't believe it when her husband is exposed as a cattle rustler—and killed. And when the banker holding the ranch's mortgage questions whether she can run the ranch on her own, the pregnant widow has nowhere to turn. Until steady foreman Hank Snowden proposes marriage… 

Racked with grief about his role in Lucas Bennett's death, Hank resolves to do right by the man's wife and child. So it's natural for him to step in as Nancy's newly minted husband. But the marriage of convenience may become more than a mere obligation…if only Hank and his bride can brave the first steps toward elusive true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488008009
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Series: Lone Star Cowboy League: The Founding Years
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 111,649
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first book was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of over 25 years reside in southeast Washington State.

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A Rancher of Convenience 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. This book has wonderful characters and a wonderful plot. I had a hard time putting this book down.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story so much! A Rancher of Convenience is the third book in a continuity series, yet is easily able to be read as a stand alone. I had not read the prior books in the series and had no trouble following along. I really liked Nancy and Hank. The marriage of convenience that they agreed to added a sweet, romantic tension to the book. The worries they both dealt with regarding being worthy of each other added a nice realism to the story. I enjoyed seeing their love blossom. I definitely recommend A Rancher of Convenience to those who enjoy books set in the old west, as well as marriage of convenience fans. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Rancher of Convenience is the third installment from the Lone Star Cowboy League: The Founding Years series. I thought this book to be a sweet story. Also, has a wonderful lesson of moving on a redeeming yourself. Highly recommended. 5+ stars
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Regina Scott is a splendid storyteller, and I loved her fresh twist on this marriage of convenience story! A Rancher of Convenience takes readers to Texas in the late 1800s, and I enjoyed the bits of history of my home state. I also delighted in the wonderful characterization and the development of Nancy and Hank’s sweet story. Humorous and heartwarming, A Rancher of Convenience charmed me from beginning to end! Although this is the third book in the Lone Star Cowboy League continuity series, A Rancher of Convenience is a story that can easily stand alone. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
aubreycallister More than 1 year ago
A Rancher of Convenience was the first book (of many, I hope) that I have read by Regina Scott! I very much so enjoyed this love story taking place on a Texas ranch in the year 1895. I usually prefer books that take place in modern times, but Regina Scott is such a wonderful writer, bringing the whole story to life through her words, that I couldn’t resist falling in love with story and characters. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to those who enjoy historical romance novels! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
An interesting story with a few twists, a great book! I have enjoyed many of Regina's books and this one was just as enjoyable. I loved the story line and how she told the story. You get pulled into the book and want to read quickly. There are a few twists to keep you interested. I can recommend this as a good read if you like Inspirational Historical Romance books. I was given this book by Regina as a member of her review team for an honest review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the twist of a former mail-order bride entering a new marriage of convenience. Nancy and Hank already admire each other from working together on the ranch, but both have a fear of trusting their heart to another again. Their affection grows to stronger romantic feelings gradually as they unite purposes to save the ranch as an inheritance for her baby. Together they face the threat of foreclosure, more rustlers, the truth of Lucas' death, and demands from Hank's family. The other ranch hands and their friends in the small community provide support and help them see that a true marriage is something of value that is worth striving for. I loved the sweetness and respect in Nancy and Hank's relationship. They helped each other recognize that they deserved love and that they could find it together. While the overall pace was somewhat slow, the descriptions of the setting and details of the time period made it easy to envision, and the romance between Nancy and Hank didn't feel rushed, but had time to develop naturally. The strongest theme of the story is the importance of family. (Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
A Rancher of Convenience by Regina Scott Lone Star Cowboy League: The Foundling Years Series Book Three Nancy Bennett finds herself a widow after only ten months. And with child. She is determined to save the ranch for her child. When unexpected difficulties come up, she needs a man's help to survive. Hank Snowden feels guilty for the death of his boss. He sees an opportunity to redeem himself by helping Mrs. Bennett. She needs his help as the foreman and the protection of his name, so he suggests a marriage in name only. Hank wants to do more than help the ranch and Nancy, he also wants to catch the man his late boss must have been working with. Nancy is determined not to lose another husband. The two need to work together and build trust. Something not easily done by a widow fooled by her late husband and a man whose trust in women from the past doesn't bode well for trusting one in the present. **Received from author for an honest review
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Great Characters Make This One of Her Best! I have been a Regina Scott fan for several years now, only discovering her towards the end of her series, The Master Matchmakers. I adore her Regency romances, but lately her writing has been set in other periods; even though my favorite genre is what drew me initially, her writing is so enjoyable that I willingly read whatever she has out as soon as I can. While I have liked Regina Scott’s novels in the past, this one had just a touch of something more that makes it one of her best! It’s hard to explain. I can’t say that any of her other books have been lacking, but this one has had me smiling more consistently and thinking about the book even when not reading it. If I have to pin it down, I think it’s something about the characters: they touch me in a deeper way, striking a chord and continuing to do so even after I have turned the final page. Maybe it’s Nancy’s vulnerability of expecting a child even as she unexpectedly finds herself a widow. Personally, I remember those feelings of uneasiness and extra caution while I was pregnant, wanting to do everything possible to keep my child safe from anything that might harm her. But during this time in history, an unprotected, expectant widow was in dire straits, or could be with no one to look out for her. With no family left, she is in a precarious situation. Or perhaps it relates to Hank living under the weight of unmet expectations. We can all understand disappointing our parents at one point or another, but to have that perpetually hanging over my head would be unbearable. This particular story contains a lot of humor; some of it is intentional on the part of the characters with jokes and the like. But by far, the best of it comes from Hank’s incredible ability to try complimenting his new wife only to have it come across as an insult—at least it would to any woman other than Nancy, who takes it in her stride and jokes back with her stranger-husband. The relationship between them develops in a realistic manner with lots of sweet moments to counteract the challenging ones. And the spiritual component is beautifully done in this novel, too; prayer plays an important role, real prayer that comes from the heart. I loved how both characters were willing to learn from the other, in matters of faith as well as ranching, child rearing, and love. The characters in Scott’s latest are personable and likable with traits that make them both vulnerable and endearing. The plot has elements of mail-order bride and second-chance love, even a little mystery, and I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy these kinds of stories. Really, any reader who appreciates a well-written historical romance, regardless of favorite genre, will likely enjoy this novel by Regina Scott! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author to facilitate this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.