Eastern Oregon rancher Jack Richardson needs someone to wrangle his two sons, and Quanna Morales is the available candidate. She needs a steady job badly, so she jumps on the opportunity, even though she's focused on her education and busy helping her mother take care of her disabled brother.
Jack and Quanna can't fight their attraction, but Quanna worries his family and friends will exhibit the anti-Indian prejudice she's only too used to encountering. And if things go badly between them, Quanna will not be able to help support her family and the boys will have lost yet another mother figure. When her worst fears come true and a feud erupts at the Thanksgiving table, will Jack be able to convince her that their love is strong enough to overcome any obstacle?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
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4 star The story has laughs, pain, sadness, and heartbreak. This is Quanna and Jack’s story. Jack needs a nanny for his kids and hires Quanna. With Quanna being Indian she wonders if it will cause problems. The more time she spends with the family the closer they all become. When Quanna and Jack start dating they keep it between the two of them. She wonders if dating is a good idea and wants to keep the relationship a secret. She believes that when the relationship comes out that people are going to talk about Jack and bully the boys. When a few of Jack’s friends start talking about her being an Indian will she run? Or will she allow Jack to defend her? Can Jack prove that it does not matter what anyone thinks that love is love no matter what! Will Quanna believe him or will she give Jack up? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
Another wonderful addition to this series. I love the idea that love beats out all, including prejudice. I do wish Peggy's stories were longer. :-) Quanna Morales needs a better job that will pay a steadier income that will allow her to continue living on her own, help her family, and go to college. When the opportunity to be a ‘kid wrangler’ for a handsome and very sexy cowboy pops up, she knows she wants it even if she’s worried she’s not really qualified. Once she arrives at the interview, meets the kids, and sees the ranch, she knows she definitely wants the job. The fact that her new boss is irresistible is a complication she’ll just have to deal with…at least until he starts to express interest in her. Jack Richardson is a sexy cowboy. A dozen or so years older than Quanna and very much out of practice since he married the only woman he ever dated or loved, he is adorably clumsy in his charming attempts at coming on to Quanna. I didn’t connect the name right away, but as soon as Sam Richardson showed up in the story, I realized this was an older brother to the gorgeous and sexy police detective who married Amanda St. Claire after clearing her of murder in LOVING AGAIN, book two in the Second Chances series by Peggy Bird. Whoot! I was so happy. Whereas, all Jack worries is how folks might see his being so much older than the beautiful Quanna, she is more worried about the fallout that might follow Jack and his wonderful boys if he were to become involved with her. Prejudice is an ugly thing but strength comes in facing the fear of it, rather than giving into the prospect. I think what I loved the most about this story, THANKFUL FOR LOVE, was the vulnerability of the characters from Quanna’s worry over prejudice about her half-Indian blood to Anne Salazar’s feeling as if her family was abandoning her and her deceased daughter - Jack’s wife. Sometimes unfounded fears can be stronger and more debilitating to the psyche than phobic fears. Even the boys, Daniel and Lucas – adorable kids, by the way – carried their own fears of losing the memories and feel of their mother’s love. This story is about love overcoming the fears each carried and Peggy did it brilliantly. I highly recommend the amazing, sensitive, and character driven THANKFUL FOR LOVE, a Holiday for Romance novel by Peggy Bird, not just because it’s a wonderful Thanksgiving treat but because it makes us all think about how what we do, what we say, or how we act can have more impact on someone else’s life than we ever realize. It reminds us to be kind, be respectful, and when in doubt about what someone means when they say something, don’t be afraid to confront your fear because it might just be the other person is just as afraid of something. ***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review