The Rancher's New Family
Rachel Perez needs a handyman to spruce up her in-home day care. So when she "wins" ex-soldier Seth Howell in a bachelor auction, she's glad he can swing a hammer. But when freewheeling Seth suddenly inherits a two-year-old and a sprawling ranch, he's got to grow up fast. Seth admires Rachel's kindness and easy way with kids, so he seeks her help in finding his footing as a father. And single mom Rachel sees how determined Seth is to do right by little Caden. Between his toddler and her teenager, they've got plenty of responsibilities. Finding time for love seems out of the questionbut soon they're forging a new family together.
About the Author
Award-winning author Deb Kastner writes stories of faith, family and community in a small-town western setting. Deb’s books contain sigh-worthy heroes and strong heroines facing obstacles that draw them closer to each other and the Lord. She lives in Colorado with her husband. She is blessed with three grown daughters and two grandchildren. She enjoys spoiling her grandkids, movies, music, reading, musical theater and exploring Colorado on horseback.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With a great premise and three-dimensional characters, this was a cozy read :-) I truly enjoyed The Cowboy's Baby Blessing by Deb Kastner. A cozy romance, it kept me turning the pages. What stood out to me in this novel was how the author set up the hero and heroine ~ Rachel owns a daycare center and Seth becomes a dad overnight when his godchild's only parent suddenly passes away. I found the characters to be three-dimensional and very likable. Though their problems weren't earth-shattering, to them they were ~ and that's all that truly matters.
All Rachel wants is a handy-man to fix up her daycare playground so she could pass her upcoming inspection. She has no romantic intentions when she participates in the annual Bachelors & Baskets auction, but it seems her 16 year old daughter Zooey may have other plans when she wins Seth. When he suddenly becomes sole guardian of his late best friends two-year old little boy & a inherits a ranch along with him, things take an unexpected turn! I really enjoyed this story! Rachel reaches out to a grieving Seth in friendship and helps him navigate the single parent life. They also work together to learn how to run the ranching business & protect the legacy for two year old Caden. He's a delightful child, adding his energetic little boy charm to the story! Zooey is a typical teenager skating the line between being a child and an adult, but you see her begin to change when she bonds with Caden. I think she also plays match-maker between her mom and Seth with all her antics and ploys to get them together as much as possible! I enjoyed getting to know Seth's extended family, you can see the love & support between them as well as how they embraced both Zooey and Rachel into their circle. All in all, this is delightful story of two people reaching out to each other in a time of need, embracing what life throws at them, and a romance that blossoms out of a strong friendship!
The Cowboy's Baby Blessing is a delightfully sweet and thought provoking story about parenting, community, learning to set God in the center of your everyday life, and about romance, about falling in love, and finding that soulmate in unexpected moments of your life. The challenges, the worries, the trials, and triumphs of being blessed with a child are highlighted and laid out so that it is easy to understand what it can take to be a parent, a single parent in particular. The eye-opening thought of the community rallying around the parent facing that task alone, and supporting them and helping them is a message I wish more people got on their hearts. Seth Howell has his life planned out after his career in the military. But life does not always go as we plan it, and Seth faces the biggest challenge of his life by being a parent and running a ranch. I loved watching Seth bond with the baby, how fast the deep roots of his feelings towards that little sunshine took hold, and how he was willing to do anything to make him happy, to take care of him, and provide for him. Rachel Perez is a key person to help Seth to step into the new role in his life as a rancher and father to a toddler. Rachel's faith in God, her willingness to serve the community with kindness and thoughtfulness, and always putting the Lord in the middle of her everyday life catches Seth's attention, as he struggles with his faith in God and God's guidance in his life. Rachel is a true example of a superwoman. She has brought up a beautiful young lady on her own, she runs her own successful business. She is a kind and considerate person, charming and charismatic. The connection between Rachel and Seth is immediate and tangible. They got each other, they understand each other, they compliment each other with their abilities and talents. Yet with everything else going on with their lives at the moment, romance is the last thing they could think about. I liked that Seth was a few years younger than Rachel, yet it was not made into a big issue. A lot of living, loving, and life are fit into the book, the story is enthralling, inspiring, a gentle reminder to always be kind to each other, find forgiveness in your heart, and understanding to your neighbors' demands with life's challenges. ~ Four Spoons