Rachel Hunter, a high spirited teen, is struggling to take care of her ill mother. Her mother’s illness soon forces the family to sell everything, and move to a new town seeking a cure they can't afford. Along the way, they stumble onto a fortune and, in financial desperation, decide to keep it. Upon arrival in Red Rock, she quickly settles in to their new life, with Rachel's mother receiving the care she needs from the town doctor. Rachel even finds herself with two suitors, one that she is very likely falling in love with -- and one who annoys and irritates her at every turn. Though there is some guilt associated with the secret of their fortune, she is content -- until one night someone throws a rock through the Hunter family's window, threatening to take back what is theirs. Lies, deceit, and betrayal plague Rachel and her entire family as they struggle to keep their secret, and find out who is behind the devious plan. With every secret comes consequences, and Rachel will soon find out that not everything or everyone is what they seem to be.
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About the Author
Horses were one of my first loves, and writing soon followed. As a child, I spent hours writing poems, and short stories (about horses). My parents realized that I was horse-obsessed and decided to buy me one after taking riding lessons for two years. I think they hoped that all of the hard work, and hours spent mucking stalls would help me give up this expensive hobby. They were wrong. Writing is still a passion of mine, although now I primarily write fiction. My first novel, Red Rock, was published in 2010, and big surprise, there are horses in it. My second novel, The Three Month Plan was released August 2013. Other Loves: My family, yoga, skincare and makeup, sushi, and raising money for pediatric cancer. I have two rescue dogs and would have more if there weren’t zoning restrictions. I’m always trying something new, as I tend to get bored very easily. Thankfully, my love of driving around with the gas light on fuels some excitement. I love novels with happy endings, and am a hopeful romantic. My latest obsession is browsing Netflix, and I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in under 30 seconds. Do I feel a wager coming on?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love reading books based on the old western days. This book kept me interested from start to finish. You could follow the story line without it deviating the main point. I kept wanting to read more as the suspense was building. Thanks for a good read!!!
I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be a very quick read, I managed to finish it in a single day. I have to admit that I did get caught up in Rachel's story, albeit a tad predictable but sometimes I like that in a good book, and didn't want to put it down once I had gotten half way through. I don't read many western romances and after reading Red Rock, I think that maybe this is a genre that I should explore a little more. We join Rachel on her covered wagon journey accompanied by her father, ailing mother and servant girl, leaving behind their home and everything they knew in the hopes that their destination, a new town some distance away and home to a renowned doctor, would bring a last-chance cure for Rachel's mother. Along the way, they chance upon an overturned carriage, a murdered couple and their unclaimed wealth. Good citizens as they are, Rachel and her father bury the strangers and swap their meager wagon and belongings for those of the deceased. (Sounds a little grim, yes, but considering what life was like in those days, I can understand the actions.) Starting a promising new life in their new town, all the while keeping their recent actions a secret from their townsfolk, Rachel is faced with two handsome devils, a saloon girl out to expose her secret and the everyday simperings of a hot tempered, stubborn, boy-crushing teenager. What pray tell shall happen? *gasp* I thought Rachel's attitude and behavior changes after coming into money and trying to establish herself in a new town, was very realistic. At times she did act childish and made some pretty dumb choices but she was only 16, and the back-story seemed to imply that she had had a somewhat simple if not sheltered childhood. I like that the author didn't have to go too in depth with each additional characters' back story. It all flowed really well and didn't seem to lose pace once the action really started picking up. My only peeve was in a couple places some phrases were written too repetitively.
Western romance with a bit of mystery I was excited to read a western romance book because I love a good western! In Red Rock I was expecting to find a sweet romance story. Instead I found a story full of love for family and a young girl who is trying to figure out what she wants and what love really is. I enjoyed the overall theme of the story, but I had most of the plot figured out. I like some surprises, so that was a bit of a disappointment. However, I loved the relationship between Rachel and her mother and her father. They are a close-knit family who love each other deeply and I appreciated their bond with each other. I felt disappointed with the lack of character development with Elsie, a servant who came with the Hunter family when they moved. I felt that her character was developed on the surface. In a western I definitely expect there to be fist fights and gun fights. The action is a great element to this genre of books. I wasn't expecting the descriptive violence from some of the altercations and fights in the book. It was more descriptive than I like to read. I also had questions that were unanswered when the book ended. I thought they may have been answered during the course of the book, but they weren't. Perhaps the author did not find them pertinent to the story, but I am still wondering. There are a little more than a handful of cuss words in the book. Overall, Red Rock is a nice read for those who like westerns with romance and a little mystery. I give this book three stars out of five. I received this book for free. This is my honest review.
Really good read i would look for more books by this author
I think what I liked most about this book was how very typical a teen Rachel is. By that I mean she was young, innocent, and inexperienced, which meant she was more likely to fall for the pretty face than the guy she butted heads with - even if the pretty face wasn't the best choice. Patterson didn't make the obvious choice for her heroine, but the realistic one. And yeah, as a reader, we all knew who she should pick, but I like that we were taken on the journey as she discovered it for herself. Patterson gives all of her characters full life, and love them or hate them, you can't call them one dimensional. It was interesting watching from Rachel's POV how they dealt with the guilt of their sudden fortune, and acclimating to life in a new town with two suitors, where she's never had even one. Lovers of romance, lovers of westerns, lovers of mysteries will all be equally pleased with the storyline presented in Red Rock. I recommend you give this one a try.