Miss Rodeo Kansas loses not only the national pageant but her father too. Natalie Adams dreams of touring the nation as a rodeo queen are brushed aside as she faces the reality of running the family ranch with the help of her teenage sister, Chelsey, and young brother, Dillon. Natalies mother died years ago and her stepmom took off one day without a backward glance, so Natalie is the only parent they know.Jared Logan, the new pastor in town., meets Dillon out fishing. Soon his life becomes tangled with the Adams trio. He tries to help Chelsey, who got in trouble with alcohol, and befriends Dillon, who looks up to the handsome young man. Jared is drawn to the family, and his desire to assist them leads to more than neighborly friendliness.Natalie and Jared both sense an attraction, but struggle to resist. She has also pushed God aside, believing He has abandoned her and could never see herself as a pastors wife. Jared knows he could not marry an unbeliever. Financial burdens add to Natalies stress. Then her siblings mom reappears. Has she come to find the money their dad hid around the place? She seems to add to their troubles, rather than helping.Yet God has a way of working out details for the best in each life. Seeds of Summer offers an enjoyable read, and it might just make you ponder your relationship with God and with others. May readers grow in love and forgiveness, just like the characters in this novel.Although this is the second book in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series, it stands alone. I have not read the first one, but want to do so. And this book includes a yummy recipe in the back.
Seeds of Summer captured me from the very first page. Deborah Vogts did an excellent job weaving together an inspiring family drama and touching contemporary romance. She also brings the Flint Hills of Kansas to life with her rich detailed descriptions. Natalie and Jared and all the characters became very real to me, and I hated to see their story end. Natalie's spiritual journey was well done and very believable. I enjoyed learning more about ranch life, rodeos, and Miss Rodeo America. Good job! I will look forward to reading Deborah's next book: Blades of Autumn!
Summertime is heating up in more ways than one. Natalie, guardian of her younger siblings and head of her familys ranch is facing more than she can handle. But she has to do it alone, doesn't she?When handsome Jared Logan meets her he is struck by her beauty. But she isnt interested in talking to him about her brother, her ranch or church. In fact she isnt sure having him around is a good thing at all even when he saves her from an ex-ranch hand. Jared enjoys his new job but isnt sure this is exactly where God wants him. When life gets more complicated he begins to question his career choice. Did he choose it for the right reasons? Is God really using him or is he reading his wishes into his work in the church and with Natalie. Its obvious she needs him as much as she needs God, but how can he convince her? Ms. Vogts has written an irresistible story filled with emotion. Her characters are believably flawed. You will find yourself rooting for them, hoping for them and looking for the changes as their story unfolds. Seeds Of Summer is a great read. I look forward to the next in the Seasons of the Tallgrass Series.