Cassie Lockwood is recovering from her gunshot wound on the Engstrom ranch, which she co-owns. She is learning what it's like to have a home, how to cook and how to take care of a home. Lucas Engstrom declared his love for her before he even met her, he'd seen her in town and fell in love then found out she was a co-owner of their ranch since her father had passed on years ago.
Cassie knows she isn't in love with Lucas but doesn't refuse him, just asks for time to think. She is also learning to have faith in God and asks if she is supposed to marry Lucas. Her feelings are more like brother-sister love not like husband-wife but she does know that a lot of couples actually fall in love after being married for some time. When Cassie finally tells Lucas she'll marry him, it seems like he's acting funny, won't even help to plan the wedding, just keeps saying anything she wants is fine with him.
The wedding is set for New Years Eve and things are falling into place. The morning after a wonderful Christmas it is discovered that Lucas has disappeared and no one knows where he's gone. When he isn't found and doesn't return the wedding is called off.
Now what is Cassie going to do? Will she depend on her arm getting better so she can win some shooting matches, will she find a travelling show to join up with, or will she continue to live in the Engstrom home with no Lucas, feeling like Ransom hates her but Mavis and Gretchen love her and want her to stay?
Lauraine came through again with a great book that you don't want to put down. I love Lauraine's writing style and look for her books whenever I'm online or in a book store. You won't be disappointed with this one at all. Wonderful job Lauraine!
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Series Wild West Wind by Lauraine Snelling book #3"A Place to belong"
When their show went bankrupt, Cassie was devastated that her Uncle would let them all go, she left with an old wagon-her horse "Wind Dancer" -George the old buffalo who was gentle as a lamb and little else...Cassie soon found an old letter and realized that her father had been part owner of Bar E Ranch in South Dakota, she had a place to go.
Cassie Lockwood knew all there was to know about a wild west show, how to shoot-working with buffalo and other animals but here in South Dakota where her father Adam had lived and worked she was like a "fish out of water"...Cassie had always yearned for a home in one place and a family to share things with but this was going to take some getting used to.
Lucas Engstrom wanted to court and marry her soon after he met this wonderful pretty girl. He loved her spirit and truth be known they were "kindred spirits" because Lucas was a go getter,he was not happy being at the ranch working each day and would many times find reasons to be gone from the ranch. He was not like his solid take charge responsible brother Ransom, they were as different as night and day. She come to care for the family but knew in her heart of hearts that she cares for Lucas like a brother not a husband. She loved his mother Mavis who becomes like a mentor teaching her all she needs to know about running a home in this wild country. Many a marriage had been good ones on a close friendship that turned to love later through years of working together in a home, could she marry Lucas and become part of the wonderful ranch she is fast coming to love....
Cassie was a quick learner and did many of the chores well but she was more comfortable with her horse "Wind Dancer" whom she had been a trick rider with in the shows then in the home.
As time moves along Cassie feels as if she has found a place to Belong on this ranch with these wonderful people yet her heart yearns for the "Wild West Shows" she had been a part of for so long.
Can she have both? read and learn how hard times shows them they can. I enjoyed reading this series from Lauraine
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I did not realize this was the end of the series when I agreed to read and review the book. However, within the first two chapters I found that I understood the characters and had a good grasp on the major events in the previous books.
I enjoyed reading this book. So much that I plan on reading the first two in the series and having my daughters read the series too. The author takes time to set up the details of everyday life on a ranch in South Dakota. I felt I had experienced some of the challenges of life and living on a ranch. I found her attention to details exceptional.
Of course it's a love story_ blew the plot did I? I found this book to be an easy read, yet one that I didn't want to put down. I loved the interactions of the characters and how their lives intertwined. I would recommend this book to others that are looking for a comfortable, comforting series to relax with while reading about life in another time and place. This series would make a great gift or group reading project.
A Place to Belong is the third book in a series. I did not realize this when I originally began reading the book, however, I found that after a couple of chapters, I understood who all the characters were and had a good idea of a few major things that had happened in previous books.
I enjoyed this book. The author is very thorough in her details of everyday life on a ranch in South Dakota. After reading this book, I definitely felt I had experienced the ups and downs of life back then. Her attention to details is amazing.
The two characters who fall in love sure did take a long time to figure that out! I prefer a little more tension between the characters as the attraction builds. However, when the author got around to getting the two of them to realize their feelings, I did think she did a good job.
All in all, an enjoyable book, and I am glad I read it. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House to read in exchange for an honest review.
I don't usually read books set in the Wild West but I'm such a fan of Lauraine's I read all of her books! She always has a great storyline with good strong female characters. The is the last in the series and has Cassie deciding to marry Lucas, a man she doesn't love, for her it will be a marriage of convenience. Since arriving at their home Lucas' father notices the changes in him and encourages him to marry Cassie.
Hoping to win enough to pay off her debts she enters shooting contests and is getting pretty good at it. Winter is coming quickly, wedding plans are being made. This may be Cassie's biggest mistake ever or does she change her mind?
I really enjoyed this story, the characters were very likeable, the plot was good. A fun read!
I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.