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A Hearts of Montana Book
By Jennie Marts, Allison Collins
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Jennie Marts
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Cash Walker pushed up his sleeves and cocked his head as he heard a car pulling down the dirt driveway of Tucked Away. Taking a last look at the laboring ewe he'd been watching, he stepped out of the barn.
He took off his cowboy hat and swiped a sleeve across his forehead. The scents of autumn filled the air, and the nights had started to cool off, but the days still felt like Montana summer. Shading his eyes from the noonday sun, he spied a car heading toward the barn.
A woman sat behind the wheel of the old beat-up blue compact, and a black-and-white goat stood in the passenger seat next to her.
What the hell?
He recognized Clyde, the resident Tucked Away goat. He was a pain in the butt, often getting into trouble and wreaking havoc around the farm.
But who was the woman, and why was Clyde riding shotgun in her front seat?
He couldn't exactly ask her because she was stuck in her car, her path blocked by Tommie Lee, the farm's cantankerous two-ton bull.
This wasn't the first time the bull had escaped through the fence and pulled this particular trick.
Chuckling, Cash replaced his hat and took a step forward, ready to help another woman in need.
She rolled down her window and laid on the horn as she inched her car forward. "Go on, you brute. Get out of the way."
The laughter died on his lips. Hmm. Maybe this damsel wasn't actually in distress.
The bull gave her a fleeting glance of interest, but apparently didn't think she was worth the annoyance, and wandered toward the corrals next to the barn.
He raised a hand to the woman as she got out of the car. "Hey, there. Something I can help you with?"
She took a tiny step back, a frightened look on her face. "I thought this was Tucked Away — Charlie Ryan's farm."
"It is. I'm Cash Walker, her lead ranch hand." He offered her one of his most charming grins, but her expression stayed wary, and she shrank back slightly at his outstretched hand. She reminded him of a skittish colt, with her chestnut-colored hair, pale skin, and large brown eyes dark and sunken in an otherwise pretty face.
Keeping the car door between them, she ignored his hand, looking to the house as if hoping Charlie would appear. Clyde clamored across the seats and hopped out the open door.
"I know who you are," she said. "I'm Emma Frank. I'm staying at my dad's farm down the road, and he said he thought this was your goat. I was just trying to return him."
"I imagine so. Nobody would want to keep that ornery old cuss on purpose." He gave the goat a nudge. "Get on back to the barn, Clyde."
A small grin tugged at the corners of her mouth, and the start of a couple dozen butterflies fluttered in his stomach.
Dang. When was the last time he'd had butterflies? It was more likely the chili he'd slathered on his burger at lunch. "What's so funny?"
"My dad's name is Clyde, too." The grin spread and lit her eyes. "And he can sometimes be a bit of an ornery old cuss himself."
"Well, knowing Gigi, she just might'a named him after your dad." He still missed Gigi — she'd been the mainstay of Tucked Away, and her recent death still hit him hard at times.
"You're right. She could have. They've been neighbors for years." A wistful expression crossed her face. "I miss Gigi. She was always good to me."
He hated to see her smile fade, but instinctively knew he couldn't come on too strong by teasing her too much. Just like he would with a wary animal, he stayed where he was, trying not to spook her. "I remember you now. We went to school together, right? You were a couple years behind me?"
He tried again, doing his best to put her at ease. Usually he had a way with the ladies, flirting and pouring on the charm, but this one was different. It seemed as if even her own shadow might scare her.
Something about her tugged at his heart. She reminded him of — well, never mind — he pushed that thought aside. "Nice job with that old bull. He trapped Charlie in her car like that earlier this summer, but she was stuck for hours. You didn't even bat an eye at the big son of a gun."
She shrugged, a tiny look of pride crossing her face. "I'm pretty good with animals."
Not so good with people, it seemed. But he kept that to himself.
Instead he nodded toward the open barn door. "Listen, you came along at just the right time. I just happen to need someone who's good with animals. I've got a ewe getting ready to drop a lamb. It's the first time she's been in labor, so I'm trying to keep an eye on her." He gestured to the bull. "Would you mind looking after her while I get Tommie Lee put away?"
He watched her look from him to the barn, the indecision apparent on her face.
"It should just take a few minutes. I can usually lure him back to the pasture with a bucket of oats. I think the big oaf gets out on purpose now just because he knows he gets rewarded with an extra bag of chow."
The corners of her lips tipped up again, and his heart warmed at the small victory of earning even a tiny smile. He held up his hands. "I promise I won't bite. But I'm not making any promises about that goat."
He turned his back to her and headed for the barn to get a bucket of oats. He grinned as he heard the creak and clunk of her door closing and the crunch of gravel as her footsteps followed him.
After filling an old coffee can from the feed sack, he turned to point her in the direction of the ewe's stall, but she'd already found it and was leaning over the side of the fence cooing encouragement to the mama sheep.
Her faded jeans were loose fitting as if she'd recently lost weight, but he could still admire her assets. The soft pink T-shirt she wore hugged her ample bust, and her hair fell in long loose natural curls down her back. The scuffed cowboy boots on her feet told him that she was a true country girl.
Tearing his gaze away from her, he headed outside to chase down Tommie Lee, wondering what it was about this woman that had his hands sweating and his heart pounding a little harder in his chest.
His mom had always accused him of having a soft spot for injured animals, and this woman had "wounded sparrow" written all over her.
Best to focus on the animal that he could manage with a simple can of oats.
It took him about five minutes of coaxing the old bull to get him secured in the pasture, and he stepped back into the barn just in time to see Emma climbing over the rails of the fence and into the ewe's stall.
"Hey, wait. Don't go in there." Rushing forward, he saw her lean down and pick up a newly born lamb and cradle it against her chest. "What are you doing?"
She turned to him, and he saw the thick film of membrane covering the lamb's head. "He can't breathe." Heedlessly disregarding the bloody mess covering her shirt, she pulled the membrane free of the lamb's face and was rewarded with a deep breath and tiny bleat from the baby's mouth.
Emma looked up at him, a victorious smile breaking free. "He's okay."
This woman was full of surprises.
Too skittish to shake his hand, but not afraid to go up against a two-ton bull or get her hands dirty peeling birthing membrane from a baby lamb. He had a feeling animals weren't the source of her fear. At least not the four-legged kind.
Before he could answer, the ewe cried out with a painful maw. A tiny face appeared and the ewe pushed another lamb out, its head slowly sinking to the hay, followed by its body flopping after it. The new baby wriggled and mewled, and Emma set the other lamb down next to it.
They watched in silence as the lambs squirmed and struggled, adjusting to their surroundings, as the ewe licked and cleaned their skinny bodies. Bits of hay stuck to their wet, wrinkled skin as they nuzzled against their mother's side.
Within a few minutes the babies got their feet under them and found their mother's teats, their tiny mouths noisily suckling for milk.
Emma's hand covered her mouth as she watched in amazement. "They're so sweet. Look at their ears."
"You did pretty well with them. I'm awful glad you were here. How'd you know to do that thing with the membrane on its face?"
She shrugged. "We had a few sheep on the farm growing up. I had a couple that I was in charge of for a 4-H project."
He grimaced. "Yeah, that's what these started out as — a 4-H project for our neighbor girl, Sophie. Then somehow we ended up with a dozen, and now I'm in charge of them."
"I'm surprised you're having lambs in the fall. Don't sheep usually have their birthing season in the winter?"
He arched an eyebrow at her and passed her a clean handkerchief from his pocket. "You do know your sheep. You must have done well in 4-H instead of dropping out like me. And yeah, you're right, most sheep do lamb in the winter, but we purposely do ours in the fall. With so few, it's nice to have it done while it's still warm, and we can keep an eye on them."
After wiping her messy hands clean on the handkerchief, she folded it up and apologetically passed it back to him. "Sorry."
"No problem. That's what it's for." He held out his hand to help her from the stall, but she ignored it again and climbed over the fence railing on her own. He nodded to the baby lambs. "They are cute little boogers."
Her face broke into a smile, transforming her features, and his heart did a tiny thump. Dang, she was pretty. Not drop-dead gorgeous, but pretty in a natural way. She wore no makeup, but her cheeks were tinged with color from helping the baby lamb, and her smile reached all the way to her eyes, turning her face radiant.
"I don't recall seeing you around much. You back home for a visit?"
Her open smile shut down, and he instantly regretted his words. "I just moved back in with my dad. It's only temporary, until I can find a place of my own." She stared at the fence railing as she picked at a small splinter of wood. "I recently got a divorce."
He knew she looked familiar. It just took him a while to remember. "Oh, yeah, I know you. I was at Taylor and Cherry's engagement party." No sooner had he said the words than he wished he could take them back. She'd been a guest at the party, and her ex had shown up, drunk and sloppy, and took a shot at her father. He'd heard Leroy Purvis was currently cooling his heels in county lockup for attempted murder.
"I remember seeing you there." She peeled another splinter from the fencing. "It's so embarrassing."
"Hey, now. You've got nothing to be embarrassed about. Except maybe poor taste. Leroy is responsible for his own actions. That's on him. Not on you."
She sighed — breathed out as if the weight of the world was on her shoulders. "Tell that to his family. His brothers blame me for everything."
Yeah, he knew the Purvis boys, and all of them were bad news. "Not a one of them has a lick of sense between 'em so I wouldn't put too much stock in what they think anyhow."
She looked up, offering him another small smile, and all he wanted to do was keep that smile on her face. "Thank you. That's nice of you to say."
"I mean it." And he did. He'd had his share of run-ins with bullies, and the Purvis boys were a nasty bunch. And he knew all too well the courage it took for a woman to walk away from a man who abused her.
Now he understood the skittish behavior and the wary looks. "You were really brave to ask him for a divorce. That took guts."
"I don't feel very brave. But I keep trying. I've found two different jobs and been laid off from both, thanks to Leroy's idiot brothers."
"Leroy's brothers? I don't get it. How could they could get you laid off?"
She let out another heavy sigh. "First, I tried working at a fast food place, you know that Happy Burger on Tenth Ave? In Great Falls?"
"Yeah, I know the place." Great Falls was the closest town to theirs, and it was forty-five minutes away. Their small town of Broken Falls had a population of a little over twelve hundred people, and everyone knew just enough of everyone else's business.
"Well, within a few days of me starting there, Earl and Junior started showing up, ordering small stuff, then hanging out in the lobby and making general nuisances of themselves. You know how they are, mean and kind of intimidating. I'm sure the boss figured it was easier to find a new employee than go up against them."
"Asshats. Pardon my language." He offered her an apologetic grin and was rewarded with the slightest of smiles in return. That small upturn of her lips was doing funny things to his gut, and all he wanted to do was keep that smile on her face.
"The second job was worse. Not the job itself — that was great. I got hired in a little drugstore downtown and for the first few weeks, everything went smoothly. The manager liked me. I worked hard — cleaning up the shelves, organizing, offering to work extra hours — trying to be a model employee. Ya know?"
He nodded, imagining Emma giving the job her all, working hard to please the manager who'd offered her a chance at a new beginning.
"I think it must have taken Earl and Junior a couple of weeks to find me, but eventually they did. My heart sank that first day when I heard the bell ring above the door and looked up to see them walk in. They pulled the same stuff, but worse. Angie, the manager, offered to call the police. But I didn't want to cause her any more trouble. Calling the police would only make it worse, and I knew it would be easier on her if I just quit."
"That's too bad. It sounds like that was a good fit for you."
"It was. I loved that job. I didn't want to leave. But I didn't want Angie's business to suffer because of me. So I saved her the trouble of firing me and quit. She was really nice about it, said how sorry she was and all, but I could see the relief on her face."
"I bet," he said.
"I don't know why I told you all that stuff." She looked at the ground, her cheeks flushed with embarrassment. "I don't usually talk this much."
"It's okay. I'm happy to listen. But if you're back living with your dad, does that mean you're looking for a job in Broken Falls?"
She shrugged and rubbed at a white line of scar tissue that crossed her lower arm.
He wondered if Leroy had given her the scar. He'd take a bet that he had.
"I guess. I don't know where to look though. It's not fair to the business to have those two — what'd you call 'em — asshats — showing up and causing them to lose customers." The corner of her lips curved up again at the slang term.
"You just need to find a place that won't put up with that nonsense. A place where you feel safe."
She blinked back sudden tears, and it almost tore his heart in two. Maybe that hadn't been the best word. Did she really feel safe anywhere? Having Leroy behind bars should have given her some peace, but instead his two idiot brothers were now following her around and intimidating her.
A notion sparked in his mind. "I have an idea. You free later this afternoon? Can you come into town with me say around three o'clock or so? I might have just the place for you to work. It might only be part-time hours, though."
"That would be okay. I'd take anything right now." Her look of fear turned to one of barely disguised hope, then changed to an expression of wariness. "Why would you want to help me? You barely know me."
His chin dropped, and he raised an eyebrow, ready to lay on the charm and the slow grin that came so naturally to him when it came to pleasing women. But something in him held back, kept his flirty smile in check.
He knew his charm worked on women, young and old, gorgeous and plain. Hell, he'd been using it since he was a teenager and realized a well-placed compliment and a seductive smile could open doors for him and literally charm the pants off some women.
But Emma wasn't some woman. He'd only been in her presence less than an hour, but he recognized something in her. Not just the fact that they'd gone to school together — he barely remembered her from then — but the fear in her eyes was something he knew. The way she tried to be brave, but shied away from trouble, smoothing things over and not causing waves.
Those were things he recognized — things he remembered from a past long ago — from a time that he'd put behind him, sealed up in tight boxes and shut behind a locked door.
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While a simple hometown boy with hometown girl love re-kindled this is far from that. These two have a similar past from different views and it makes for an interesting dynamic. The personalities also make it interesting and the drama keep you turning the pages. Yes there are passionate times and a really endearing hea, there is also suspense and interesting characters with a strong plot and the author lays it out well. It's a great read and man how can you not love a cowboy like Cash who is all gentleman and sugar dumplings at home and ready to defend and protect when needed. Emma was no joke either. When she needed to she asked for what she needed then put it to work when she had to. Gotta love a girl who stands up for herself when it's time and breakdown later.
To me this was one beautiful book. Watching Emma take back her life and find the strength to accomplish it was empowering. Cash is exactly what I look for in a book boyfriend. He is one yummy cowboy, but with the heart, gentleness, and strength Emma needs.
I love Jennie Marts! Her books are sweet & sexy & just plain make me happy when I read them. Stolen Away is the 3rd book in The Hearts of Montana series but can be read as a stand alone. The characters in Stolen Away just capture your heart. I love Emma- she is struggling to find herself after 10 years with an abusive husband. And Cash is just an awesome cowboy- who wouldn't fall in love with a tough cowboy that is a big old teddy bear. And I love the townspeople- its fun to see what previous book's characters are up to. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
4.5**** Oh this story will touch your heart. Such a sweet read and emotionally charged. I loved Cash throughout this entire story. He was a true protector, very gentle, and a whole lot of sexy fun. He brought about the fire in Emma. She needed to feel alive again and gain her independence/confidence. He helped her tremendously. And she returned the favor by giving him the one thing that no one else could. There were a couple of hard scenes that brought about my temper and anger. But I liked the way they were resolved. These only made me empathize with and like Emma all the more. This was a great heart felt story with loads of fun catching up with the other characters. So much family and friendship in this story. Truly heartwarming. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
•Percy Emma is newly divorced from her abusive husband, who's currently sitting in jail on attempted murder charges while she's trying to start over. Unfortunately her ex-brother-in-laws and the rest of her ex's family think everything is her fault. They keep causing her to lose every job she's started since getting away from her Leroy, so she's had to move back in with her father. Emma runs into Cash Walker when she has to return Clyde their runaway goat, who she remembers having a crush on him in high school. He offers to help her get a a job where he knows Junior and Earl won't bother her. Something in her gut told her she could trust him. Cash Walker is the first guy in a long time that hadn’t turned her stomach, instead he’d caused flickers of desire to sputter to life inside her. At least she’d thought it was desire. It had been so long since she’d felt any sort of attraction to a man that she wasn’t sure she really recognize'd the signs. It could have been hunger pains or gas or all she remembers. While helping an ewe in labor, Cash the lead ranch hand on Tucked Away farm hears Emma's car pull in, he heads out to help her because the stubborn bull has blocked the driveway again. However she doesn't need any help, by honking her horn and hollering at him the ornery bull moves out of the way. She then surprises him again when she jumps into the pen with the laboring ewe to remove the membrane from the baby lambs face so it could breathe. She mentioned needing to find a job where the boys couldn't harass her and get her fired, he knew just the job for her! He also knew she was skittish because of the abuse she'd dealt with from her ex, so he didn't try to lay on the normal charm he used with women. He knew she was like a scared animal, but something about her tugged at his heart. Her grin caused a couple dozen butterflies to flutter in his stomach, and his heart warmed at the small victory of earning even a tiny smile. What is it about this woman that caused his hands to sweat and his heart to pound a little harder? No woman had ever captured Cash's elusive heart, so within 30 minutes in, quiet almost painfully shy Emma's presence did it feel like a vise was around his heart? **A nice, sweet woman who had no business hanging out with the likes of him, and who he had no business getting involved with. But something drew him to her, and he couldn’t get her out of his mind.**(direct book quote). **She was different than any other woman in his life. Special. Something about her touched his heart and made all of his protective instincts kick in.**(direct book quote) Could two broken down souls help heal each other? Could they trust what they're feeling or should they just walk away and only be friends, but could either of them do that with the electrifying attraction they have? How far will Leroy's brothers go to antagonize her? Although this is book 3 of the Heart of Montana series, it's the first one that I've read. It could be read as a standalone, but I'm going to read the first two to see what I missed with the other characters. I loved it, It's a very well written heartfelt emotional story. I received an ARC copy via IndieSage in exchange for a blog tour review. Due to sexual situations, this book is recommended for readers 17 and older! FAVORITE PASSAGE: ~“I’ll show you a trick my mom taught me. You can use a cheese grater to grate the frozen butter.Then it mixes with your dry ingredients slick as can be.” ~She was diffe
4 heartwarming stars I really enjoyed Stolen Away. The storyline was emotional, sweet, heartfelt and very entertaining. Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down. The characters touched my heart with their story and filled my heart with love as I watched them connect and fall in love. I loved how protective and supportive Cash was with Emma, he made me swoon and I was so happy Emma found him after all the hurt she'd been through. Overall, Stolen Away is a well written and heartwarming read, a great addition to the Hearts of Montana series. Each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them.
An awesome read that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. Have your Kleenex ready for those happy and sad tears. Two lost souls who find love in each other. Emma has returned home after an abusive marriage that ended in divorce, when she meets the elusive cowboy, Cash. Cash doesn't do relationships, he has secrets in his closet and he is afraid to get to close to anyone. Little did they know, that they are perfect for each other, to mend their broken hearts. Jenny Marts has hit a tough subject of abuse on the nail. Abuse affects everyone in the family and has lasting effects on them. My heart goes out to everyone. "You are a survivor, which makes you a fighter." This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this book.
This is a great book; this is the third book in the Hearts of Montana series written by Jennie Marts. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books. Emma Frank is recently divorced from an abusive husband, she has come home to Broken Falls, Montana. Lost, alone, and unable to escape the bullying tactics of her ex-brothers-in-law, she finds solace and friendship at the Tucked Away farm and with the handsome cowboy who believes in her and who helps her find her own courage. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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This is a brilliant story of love and happiness escaping an abusive relationship - and yes, that applies to both the hero and the heroine. In his case it is his father that abused Cash Walker and his mother when he was growing up and he carries the physical and hides mental scars that have prevented him from ever risking getting really close to anyone. In her case, Emma Frank has finally divorced her abusive husband and he's away in prison for what he did to her. However, her ex-brother-in-laws are still bullying her and making life after divorce very difficult for her, including losing her the last two jobs she had. Cash and Emma first meet up again when she returns the skilled escapee goat back to the ranch and faces down their wandering bull en route. This story takes the reader on the full gamut of emotions in a well written and totally engaging read exploring how his protective instincts are reawakened by his encounters with Emma and how she learns to trust him not to hurt her and to be brave. He learns to protect her and she helps melt the ice protecting his heart to let love and romance into his life. There are also some suspense-filled encounters with her brother-in-laws as the two main characters learn to leave the past behind and find love together. This is the third novel in the series and, whilst it is great to reencounter characters met in the earlier novels, I suspect it could be read as a standalone. It is a delightful story, set in Broken Falls, Montana, with superbly portrayed characters in an emotive novel that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for gifting me an ARC of this novel, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
I haven't read the first two books in this series but didn't feel like I have missed anything as Stolen Away can be a standalone. Cash is the farmhand at Tucked Away ranch which belongs to one of his friends. He is popular with the ladies but doesn't allow himself to get emotionally involved because of something that happened in his past. He hides his guilt and fear very well, never to be discussed! Emma has been stuck in an abusive marriage for ten long years before she plucked up courage to walk away and file for a divorce. She has returned to Broken Falls to stay with her dad until she gets back on her own two feet. She is penniless, jobless, alone and looking for a fresh start. Not so easy when the brothers of her ex keep interfering with any job she holds whilst intimidating her. Cash first sets eyes on Emma when she returns a "runaway" goat back to the ranch. She is very skittish but lights up when dealing with animals. Knowing who she was married to and what she has been through, Cash threads carefully. He is instantly very protective towards her and "feels" for the first time in forever. He offers to help her find a job and they start a friendly relationship. For the first time in ten years, Emma starts to make friends and finds that she feels more than friendship for Cash. Their friendship blossoms into a beautiful romance but just when everything appears to be going well for Emma, along come the ex brothers in law to make her life as difficult as they can. She finds that being with Cash brings her strength and confidence but unfortunately Cash still has this fear of commitments. He is afraid that what happened in the past can resurface and hurting Emma is the last thing he wants to do. Can she make him change his mind to give them a chance at what could be a solid relationship? This story is about domestic abuse and its lasting effects. There is a strong message that love, friendship and support can help to overcome these effects and bring hope for a better future. It's an emotionally portrayed novel with an interesting storyline and believable characters. I was kindly issued with an advanced ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Stolen Away by Jennie Marts....OMG, I finally caught my breath, I felt like I just got off a roller coaster, with all the twists and turns. This story is amazing!! Jennie has written a fun, loving, sweet, drama, hot sex scenes and heartfelt book, that hits all your emotion buttons. Cash a hot sexy cowboy, can you say new book boyfriend. Emma a beautiful sweet woman with no confidence coming from an abusive relationship. These two are so perfect together, but can they make it work when they both have skeletons in their closets. This is a must read, so make sure you buy this one. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
This is a fun read in the series, Hearts of Montana. In it we meet Cash, a confirmed bachelor that won't ever give a woman more than a night, and Emma, a terrified and skittish woman escaping from her past. They both feel broken inside, but feel an intense attraction to each other. Before things go too far, Emma's past repeatedly comes back to torment her. Cash responds by allowing the darkness within him to come out to protect her. The subject matter in this novel might be tough for some readers as it focuses on domestic abuse. While this book is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel. Fans of the genre will enjoy this novel.
This is the third book in the Hearts of Montana series and it is definitely one of my favorites. It's a very emotional story that will touch your heart immediately. With exceptional storytelling and character development Jennie Marts will keep you glued to the pages of this one. With all that Emma and Cash go through, you just know that have to get their HEA!! After escaping an abusive relationship, newly divorced Emma Frank comes home to Broken Falls. Her husband is in jail but his brothers are determined to make sure Emma has no peace. Then she meets Cash Walker. He's a smooth talking charmer but he knows right away that Emma has a wounded soul and what she needs right now is a friend. Cash has enough demons of his own to understand. Just friends. That's all they can be. Protecting Emma from her crazy past is what's important and Cash will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Even if he loses his heart in the process. This is definitely a book I recommend!
Stolen Away is book three in the Hearts of Montana series by Jennie Marts. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Entangled Publishing, and by Jennie Marts. I have loved this series from the start. I first met Cash in book one as the swoony, flirtatious ranch hand when Charlie first came to Tucked Away. But Charlie’s heart was not meant for Cash. Actually, no one’s was. Cash has a reputation for being quite the ladies man. But he never lets anyone get close. Cash has kept some dark secrets from his past hidden, has shared them with no one. But because of them, he can’t ever let himself fall for a woman. He can’t risk it. That is, until the day that Emma drove on to Tucked Away. “No one had captured the elusive heart of Cash Walker. So why did half an hour in the presence of a quiet, almost painfully shy woman have his heart feeling like it was being pinched in a vise?” Emma Frank stayed married to her abusive husband for ten long years. But she finally got out, her ex in jail. But it’s not enough that she endured all those years of abuse. Now his two brothers are bullying her. They have cost her more than one job. They just keep showing up. So she has moved back home to Broken Falls Montana and moved in with her Dad. She has no job, no friends, and no money. Things couldn’t get much worse. Emma doesn’t need another man in her life but she can’t help but feel the attraction to Cash. She can’t believe a man like him would even notice her. Emma feels like she is a coward. She is afraid of so many things. But Cash steps right in and helps her to find a job. It isn’t long before Emma finds herself in the midst of friends. Relationships she’s never even allowed herself to dream could be possible. “Imagine that you are brave, then pretend that you are.” Emma has a beautiful spirit and those around her can’t help but to love her. She is quickly adopted in to the family of Tucked Away. But the brothers of her ex won’t leave her alone. Emma and Cash’s relationship grows and walls are broken down. But still, Cash is afraid that his dark past will hurt Emma, and he can’t ever let that happen. I fell in love with this book. I have loved all the characters that revolve around Tucked Away from the start. But this book is so much more. It’s a testament to those that have suffered abuse and carry scars, both those that we can see, and those we can’t. It’s about finding strength to face your fears through the friendship and love of others. Emma is such a bright light and she draws in anyone that she comes in contact with. She doesn’t think she is brave, but she really is. Will her bright light be enough to finally help Cash to banish his own darkness? You can read this as a stand alone. But, I really, really encourage you to start at the beginning and read book one, Tucked Away, so you can meet all of the wonderful characters that Jennie Marts has included in this series. I hope you fall in love with them just as I have. These are the kinds of books that stay with you long after you finish them.
Wow, I loved it. It's a very touching topic and I think that the author has done justice to it. A wife who has been abused not only my her husband but also his family learns to stand up to them. It's quite emotional. I loved Emma. Cash is also an interesting character. They both fit together perfectly. It was amazing to see them fall in love and learn to accept each other. Truly a page turner. I'd recommend it to all romance lovers who don't mind emotional roller coasters.
Jennie Marts is an author that is not afraid to delve into all the pieces that shape a person into who they are and have yet to become. Stolen Away was the most recent example of that skill. Years of neglect and abuse mentally and physically has left Emma unsure of herself and scared to trust. Cash is the man who gently breaks through and gives her the strength to face her past. Protecting her becomes his priority, teaching him the meaning of love becomes hers. I am a fan of stories of courage and Stolen Away is a redemption story that makes the heart rejoice.