Molly Hatfield is desperate; desperate enough to move herself and her young brother from Dobson Creek, Colorado to Cactus Patch, Arizona in answer to an advertisement seeking an heiress for a large ranching business. The employment opportunity at Last Chance Ranch seems like the answer to an unspoken prayer until she arrives there. The owner, Eleanor Walker, is no-nonsense through- and -through; and no one is pleased that Molly has arrived with a crippled brother who needs almost constant watch care.Who knew that ranching was so hard? However, it's the town's young doctor who gives Molly the most sleepless nights. Why, oh why, does he have to complicate things?
Doctor Caleb Fairbanks is introduced to Molly Hatfield with a "bang"; literally! She mistakes his back-firing horseless carriage for gunshots and takes one of her own at the good doctor. But Caleb is instantly mesmerized with the beautiful, albeit dressed up, candidate for Miss Walker's heiress position. And he is determined, as a physician, to help her brother Donny become more independent. But he quickly learns that Molly and Donny don't exactly want the kind of help he can give them. Molly is deeply scarred by her past and carries guilt around her neck like a boulder. It's going to take a miracle for Molly's heart to soften enough to break the clause in the heiress contract to "remain single now and forevermore".
Witty and delightfully enticing, this book almost turned pages on its own!
Eleanor Walker is still looking for an heiress for Last Chance Ranch, the last one, Kate Tenney, will soon be married to Luke Adams the local blacksmith. When Molly Hatfield answers her newest ad, Eleanor hopes she has finally gotten her heiress but has some doubts since so many have already failed. When Molly shows up in her bright dance hall dress and not alone her doubts increase significantly.
When Miss Walker tells Molly to move on because she doesn't think she can dedicate her life to the ranch while to caring for her handicapped brother, Molly stands up to Miss Walker. So instead of returning to town it is agreed that she will have four months to prove herself. Last Chance Ranch has had so many women try to become heiress to Miss Walker, Molly is the eighth or maybe the ninth, she has lost count and is getting weary of this but she will not give up and continues to keep the stipulation that the 'new' heiress never marry.
I found this book more enjoyable than the first one. Molly has a lot more on her plate to overcome and is a quick learner, she also blames herself for something in her past and can't seem to get past that. How often do we do that in our lives and instead of talking about it we keep it hidden in our heart? When we do that it just festers and becomes bigger than life and holds us back from doing so many things we are capable of. Also, I enjoyed learning about the story behind the song "Swing High, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". I may have heard it sometime in my life but I've forgotten and I always liked that song. This is a series that you will want to read in order and yes I will recommend this series for some good reading material.
I love Caleb and Molly's story. I love their characters. I loved getting to know them. Mrs. Brownley does an excellent job of hashing out these characters. We can tell from the beginning that Caleb is going to be a fantastic male hero. He is smart, funny, compassionate, charming and stubborn as always. Molly, in my opinion, is awesome. She is a great older sister. She has a fierce love for her brother and will do anything for him. She is self-assured (most of the time), determined, and proud. Donny brings the story together. Miss Walker is still a conundrum to me. She acts all tough, but inside she's going soft. I love her character and can't wait to see her develop more.
The story is much the same as the first book in the series. However, Caleb and Molly's story has Donny. Donny adds a depth to the story and an interesting one at that. Molly is determined to be the perfect heiress. Caleb is determined to change the world as a doctor, and struggles with "failure" just like all doctors do. Donny struggles to come to grips with his paralysis and learning that he's not helpless. He works to come to grips with the fact that he is growing up. The romance between Molly and Caleb is natural and very well developed.
I love the fact that Molly, despite her former job, still believed in God. Oh she didn't like going to church because of what had happened in her past, and she might not have put God first in everything, but she still believed and didn't "spurn" God because of it. That, to me, is a more natural reaction to averse things happening in a Christian's life than to completely disown God. However, people react differently, so someone else might have a different opinion. Caleb understands people. He has to. Being a doctor means reading people to tell if they are lying to you about their symptoms, etc. He quickly learns that Molly carries more than she needs to. The message is clear. Wait on the Lord, put Him first in everything.
Overall, this story is an excellent addition to the series, and I highly recommend it!
Characters are strong, determined in their ways, protective to a fault, even misguided at times, but that only adds to the mystery of the love relationship between the doc and Molly.
Story also shows a sister's great love for her sibling and to what lengths she will go to protect him, even if it slows his personal growth to use his own strengths. I truly enjoyed the battle of wills between doc and Molly, each thinking he/she right in how to handle boy's mental and physical development. I also enjoyed the humor via the back-firing auto.
This book is about a Woman named Molly who takes care of her 14 year old wheelchair bound brother and they move to Arizona so she can have the chance to be an heiress of a Last Chance Ranch. The move would help her brother and ensure that they stay together. Everything seems to make sense until Dr. Fairbanks comes into the picture.
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were memorable and the author made is easy for you to realize their internal struggles. It was an easy read and was hard for me to put down. I would finish a chapter and think to myself, "Just one more chapter. It won't take long." Before I knew it, I had read half the book! I would definitely suggest this one. Enjoy!
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