The second book in a truly delightful series, The Callahans of Texas. I read and reviewed the first book, Jenna's Cowboy at the beginning of the month and loved it so much I couldn't wait to read the second story. The series follows the Callahan siblings on their quest for true love. Each book reads well as a standalone and this time it's Chance's turn -- and I totally love the clever title. The heroine's name is Emily -- Emily's Chance...get it?
This is pure Texan romance and I say that because the setting has a personality all of its own. The author shares her passion for her home state in wonderful ways from her descriptions of ranch life to the quaint phrases that kept me grinning. Like the way Chance's mom describes her son: "That boy can charm the gold out of your fillings if he wants to." (p 118) Oh, yes, he can!!!!!!! Big time!!!!
Chance is a man on a mission. Don't believe in love at first sight? You will after you've read this novel! Because "sometimes a man had to charge out of the chute to win the prize." (p. 9) Emily is the prize and Chance is one determined cowboy. Be still my heart. He's tender and gentle and funny and irresistibly persistent.
Emily isn't exactly immune, but she tries to be. Her time in Callahan Crossing is supposed to be a stepping stone onto bigger and better things. But, seriously, resistance is futile though Emily puts up a good fight. :-)
The kind of inspiring romance that puts a blissful smile on your face and keeps it there long after you've closed the book. I highly recommend the whole series.
I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in Sharon Gillenwater's series. It was calmingly predictable, delightfully surprising, definitely inspirational and well presented. Emily had a plan and clung to it quite stubbornly until she realised that God's plan for her life was even better. Older relationships were restored through understanding and forgiveness, Emily grew in the knowledge of herself and how events had wrongly shaped her feelings, and new relationships grew. As always with Sharon Gillenwater's writing, Chance was an adorable hero - strong in his faith and willing to work it out with solid actions. The Callahan family does so much in their community and are a great witness to God - instead of holding their wealth over others, they use it to benefit so many. There was also a lovely look at Chance's ancestry and both he and Emily were able to learn valuable lessons from heroes of the past. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.