A former foster kid and army soldier, Tyler Lynch doesn't trust easily. In fact, the shy mutt who never leaves his side is his sole confidant. Tyler knows what it's like to be a child in need, so he goes to work at an equine therapy ranch.
He's instantly surprised by the way lovely volunteer Beth McClure seems to understand scared children-and stubborn cowboys. Beth's tenderness even wins his dog's trust. But when Tyler faces his greatest fear, it'll take Beth's love-and one brave boy-to open the most guarded of hearts.
Laugh, Cry, Relate - an Excellent Read
Review Summary: This is a feel good book!!! I enjoyed the characters and the story. I found myself laughing and crying during this story. The author returns to the Second Chance Ranch, a place where people can come and learn to ride horses and in the case of veterans they are rehabilitating from injuries. But the healing in many cases is not just physical but emotional and spiritual. And itÃ¢ÂÂs not limited to the patrons of this ranch. This is a story of people learning to trust not only those around them but God. I finished this book and thought Ã¢ÂÂthat felt good!Ã¢ÂÂ
Digging Deeper: This is the second book in the series, but stands independently from Second Chance Ranch. Though, having read the first book, it was neat to see how the characters from book one have grown. Book one featured Sophie, whose dream is to have a equine therapy center, and Zach, who lost a leg in Iraq and is struggling to adapt. His sister, Beth, drags him to Second Chance Ranch to get him the help he needs to face what has happened.
In book two, ZachÃ¢ÂÂs sister, Beth, is center stage along with Tyler Lynch another veteran. Tyler has taken a job at the ranch along with the dog, Dogger, that returned with him from Iraq. Both man and dog are loners and donÃ¢ÂÂt easily trust. Both Beth and Tyler carry baggage from the past but have a common goal to reach Riley, a 13 year old boy who lost his father when he was young, and just lost his brother in Iraq.
Tyler was easy for me to love. He was hurting in so many ways. Beth is great. She has a love of life and the people around her. SheÃ¢ÂÂs not afraid to tackle tough situations with passion that overwhelms people like Tyler. You know from the beginning theyÃ¢ÂÂll end the story together, but getting them there was such a joy.
I enjoy the authorÃ¢ÂÂs writing style. ItÃ¢ÂÂs easy to follow and makes for a quick read. She does a great job of pulling you into the story as well as painting a picture of what is happening.
I look forward to reading more by Leann Harris.
Disclaimer: I would like thank the author for the opportunity to review this book. I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
May 3, 2012