Ten years ago, Nick Noble stormed away from his family's ranch in Phillips, Montana, with no intentions of ever returning. However, when his father dies and leaves part of the ranch to Nick's ex-best friend, Cole St. John, Nick returns to the Silver Buckle with an unswerving tenacity bent on keeping Cole out of his family's legacy. Nick's anger is grounded in a belief that Cole is out to take his family's fortune just like he stole Maggie- Nick's high school flame. Meanwhile, journalist Piper Sullivan arrives at the Silver Buckle with her own agenda. Under the pretense of being a ranch cook, Piper believes she will be able to get close enough to Nick to gather evidence that he framed her brother for murder. However, as she begins to spend more and more time with Nick, she comes to understand that he had no ill intent when he arrested her brother. As the two grow closer and begin to fall for each other, Piper becomes an instrumental healing agent for Nick in taking responsibility for his past mistakes and finding hope for the future as family secrets and attempts to sabotage the family's ranching business begin to unravel his world.
Reclaiming Nick contains all of the elements of a good drama-laced embittered family legacy story- rich boy gone rogue, struggling ranch that has been in the family for generations, affairs of the heart, deception, and having to cope with never feeling good enough. Although the first part of the novel deals largely with Nick's anger and bitterness from the past and his actions at times resemble annoying adult temper tantrums, the story soon kicks into high gear unfolding a complicated plot full of excitement! This is one of those stories that you think you know what's going to happen but the reader gasps when the truth is revealed. While at times the varying themes may have seemed a tangled mess, Warren brings everything together with an ending that had me reeling with surprise! Can't wait to read the next two novels in this series!
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Susan May Warren does a great job at weaving romance, humor and action into her novels. This is one of my favorite books by this author. I have read and own all 3 of the Noble Legacy series. I highly recommend reading this book!
Reclaiming Nick - Book 1 in Susan May Warrens Noble Legacy Series
Nick Noble left home many years ago after finding out his best friend, Cole, is now with his girlfriend and ends up arguing with his father. He is presently working in a restaurant when his father's attorney, Sam Lovell, finds him and notifies him, his father has past away. The attorney informs Nick, his family ranch, the Silver Bucklet is badly in debt and his sister is planning to turn it into a tourist attraction to save it. And, his father left half of the ranch to Nick's childhood friend.
Nick returns home to the family ranch and attempts to get the half left to Cole back.
Nick's past is catching up with him. The sister of a man he had arrested for murder is after information on him. Nick finds out a lot has happened since he left home as well as a lot of secrets kept from him.
I felt sad about Nick leaving home and never returning to get to the bottom of things he had no knowledge of before it was to late. I felt happy for his father, who after making mistakes, turned his life around and found the Lord. His father left his children with memories of his Christian beliefs.
This is a books about the things that happen within families and how if not handled properly can made for a bad situation. But God steps in to help work things out. I strongly recommend this book.