With its breathtaking terrain and welcoming people, the Western town of Caribou Crossing is the perfect place for a heart to heal, and for love to blossom once more…
Since the death of her husband three years ago, young widow Sally Ryland has kept to herself and focused on her struggling business, Ryland Riding. Folks assume she’s still grieving, because Sally has never shared the truth about her abusive marriage, or the trust issues that remain. But when a sexy rodeo rider from her past turns up for a visit, he’s a reminder of the feisty woman she once was—and maybe still could be…
Ben Traynor was always attracted to Sally, but he didn’t move fast enough. Now what Sally needs is patience and gentleness. With an injury keeping him from his next rodeo, Ben has the perfect excuse to stick around and help with her chores—and her healing. And as Sally finds the courage to face her demons and open her heart again, she’ll have to decide if what she has with Ben is more than safety, gratitude, and short-term passion, but a forever love…
About the Author
Award-winning, international best-selling author Susan Fox (who also writes as Savanna Fox and Susan Lyons) is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor. Visit her website at www.susanfox.ca.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a beautifully written story, that touched my heart. The difficult subject of spousal abuse, domestic violence is dealt with respect and dignity to the victim. The mental and physical manipulation her husband did to her, is shown clearly, the steps he took to isolate them is evident in the memories and flashbacks. With help and support from Ben, Sally finds her voice, the process of true healing starts, and she finds her place in the community. It doesn't happen overnight, the mending from the past takes time, the steps for that are clear, requiring more than just help and love from friends and family, but also some professional counseling. Ben's patience, care, and help to Sally is priceless. Together they built on to the business Sally has tried to handle on her own for so long. They make a good team, working side by side gives them equal setting in the relationship, and Sally's business start to thrive. Through the heartbreak and pain, that Sally had gone through, something beautiful and radiate grow, blossom, and flourish with Ben. The relationship they built together is an equal, healthy, and loving. They adore, care, and help each other, like true partners should. The process of healing that Sally goes through in the story is inspiring and heartening. The rough life of a rancher, and uncertainty of the rodeo lifestyle is tangible. But the story is not just about the darker sides of the life, there are moments of pure beauty, softly uplifting. Because life is not only about fear of survival or mucking the stalls, sometimes it is watching the sunset together, dancing in the kitchen, or picking wildflowers on the pasture, cause love and being truly alive wins... ~ Five Spoons
Emotional read about a woman who still suffers the effects her abusive marriage. Even though Sally's husband has been dead for three years, she is still afraid of doing something he felt was wrong. Dressing a certain way, being friendly, drinking - these are all things that she still avoids. She's given up on her dream of having a family since she doesn't want anything to do with men. Ben is a sweetheart and is patient with Sally as she slowly finds her way back to the woman she once was. He gives her hope that she might one day have her dream of a family. It was wonderful to see Sally change as their relationship moved forward. Domestic abuse is a hard topic to talk about and I think the author did a wonderful job of incorporating into the story. 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Love Somebody Like You was a moving story about a woman rediscovering herself after years of abuse. Sally Pantages grew up in a supportive family and became a rodeo star. When she was 19 years old, she met Pete Ryland and was swept off her feet by his obsessive attention. They marry and Pete isolates Sally from her family, as well as being both emotionally and physically abusive. Pete dies after 4-5 years of marriage and Sally is left picking up the pieces of her life. Sally's little sister asks a former acquaintance, Ben Traynor an injured rodeo star, to look up Sally when he is in the neighborhood. They reconnect and Sally starts the long journey of healing. Ben is the perfect person to remind her of her former life and he helps her reconnect with her family. Will their love survive long term? I enjoyed this book and thought it dealt with an uncomfortable topic well. I thought that Ms. Fox did an excellent job of transforming Sally from victim/survivor to Master of her own destiny. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com