Stand-In Rancher Daddy

Stand-In Rancher Daddy

by Renee Ryan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488007927
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Series: Lone Star Cowboy League: The Founding Years
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 130,875
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Multi-published, award-winning author Renee Ryan sold her first book in 2001 by winning the inaugural Dorchester/Romantic Times New Historical Voice Contest. She sold her second book to Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical line in February 2009 and has since sold ten manuscripts to the historical and contemporary Love Inspired lines. Renee grew up in a Florida beach town where she learned to surf very poorly. Armed with a degree in Economics and Religion from Florida State University, she explored various career opportunities, including stints at a Florida theme park, a modeling agency, and a cosmetic conglomerate. She also taught high school Economics, American Government and Latin while coaching award-winning cheerleading teams. She currently lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and a large, fluffy cat many have mistaken for a small bear.

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Stand-In Rancher Daddy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jess_at_From_Me_to_You More than 1 year ago
4 out of 5 stars! About 5 years ago, Molly met CJ (Cornelius) and was instantly smitten; however, because she wasn’t sure he returned her affections so she married someone else. Now over a year after her husband passed away, she is back living on her family’s ranch and trying to make the best of things. Molly’s days are consumed by taking care of CJ’s young nieces who are without a mother. Though things get a lot harder when CJ’s brother (and father to the girls) decides on leaving custody of the girls to CJ and takes off to places unknown. In doing so, Molly and CJ become closer and their once chance on love might be able to ignite again … if only Molly could get over her past hurts and open her heart to the possibility of a better future, and if people in town don’t keep them apart for good. This was a heartwarming tale that reels you in to its characters and its town/series. With an intriguing plotline that holds plenty of character antics, it’ll keep you entertained the whole way through. My only wish was that the plotline that talked about Molly’s secret was laid out a bit better. While I LOVED the ending, I wish I didn’t have to get upset with Molly’s slightly wishy-washy behavior along the way. Nevertheless, I found CJ to be charming and kind, a man who could certainly tame Molly’s stubbornness if he could just listen to his heart more. I believe Molly and CJ were made for one another. They were a perfect pair that smoothed out each other’s rough edges. A sweet couple for sure. I recommend this novel to those looking for a historical Christian romance. Review By: From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews -- read more of this review and THREE TEASERS on my blog: frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com --
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story with poignant treatment of infertility. Clean, no sex or erotic language. A bit of religion but not super preachy.
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.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A story with a great balance of tragedy and triumph, a little suspense, and lots of love. So many moments that made me smile and sigh, take notice, and moments that nearly broke my heart with the sorrow, and feelings of not being enough. CJ is a great man of faith and dignity, he is kind, caring, and fair-minded, he seeks God's guidance on his actions, and is willing to take responsibility and carry his share of burdens. Yet his family's past has laid a shadow on his life, and he doesn't think he will measure up, be good enough for Molly. Molly has her own burdens, feelings of inadequacy, not having enough to offer. Her heart desperately loves CJ and his nieces, wants to be a family with them, but the one thing CJ wants, she can't give him. I loved the patience of CJ, not giving up on Molly, or being a parent to the girls, or the troubled boys in town. His character spoke to me strongly about a man of faith, and how they will be recognized by their actions. The sadness in Molly is palpable and heartbreaking. I felt the sorrow she had in her heart, and how CJ was able to make her smile despite everything, was beautiful. I wished she would have had the courage to tell him earlier about her doubts, would have saved a lot of heartaches, but on the other hand, fit nicely into the flow of the plot. The sermons of their preacher shared the message of faith, their life demonstrating it every step of the way. The unity of the small town was commendable and set an example for the younger generation. And talking about the younger generation, the twins stole my heart completely. Even though their loss and pain were unbearable, I liked that they were not set out to be 'perfect', but instead they were typical four years olds, a handful at times, sweet the other. A story with a great message of faith and hope, how love can heal the deepest wounds, and give purpose for tomorrows to come. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Lone Star Cowboy League series, what a great place to start. I look forward to learning more about the lives of those we are introduced to in this novel. It is full of love, forgiveness, difficulties, faith, mystery and cowboys. CJ Thorn is a handsome determined cowboy who has been thrown into fatherhood over night. Thankful for the help of the beautiful Molly Langley, CJ knows his heart is in trouble. When sparks fly and troubles come from so many different directions will CJ ever find Molly's secret and show her his love? Molly is determined to keep her secret hidden. While she is struggling to live with her secret, her love for CJ's four year old nieces and for the man himself may be her biggest struggle still. She is a stubborn, loving, christian woman who only wants to help. Will she be able to face the future she seems is her only option or will she be able to see Gods hand in her future instead. I was given a copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
I want more. The characters were ones that were likable, Had real problems. I like the community. CJ Thorn is a rancher. His family has a past with drinking problems. His sister-in-law died. His brother took off one day with his horse but left his twin daughters behind for him to take care of. Molly Langley is a widow after two years of marriage. She offers to help her friends husband with the twins for awhile. She agrees to keep helping to take care of them for CJ. Molly has moved back to her family ranch, which is close to CJ place, Molly has secrets about her marriage that leave her sad and not planning to get married again. Sarah and Anna are cute little girls who have lost their mother and now their father. You just want to hug them. There is plenty of drama in the story. It does keep a fast pace. It is also a clean read. The setting is Little Horn, Texas June 1895 I want to read more books in Lone Star Cowboy League: The Founding Years and find out what happens next to the different characters. Like who is stealing cattle and other problems. I like how Renee Ryan writes her books. I was given Stand-in Rancher Daddy to read by NetGalley and Harlequin and in return I agreed to give a honest review.