Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To Love and Cherish by Leigh Greenwood

Title:  To Love and Cherish
Series:  Cactus Creek Cowboys #2
Author:  Leigh Greenwood
Published:  November 4/14 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length:  384pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

After her husband's death, widow Laurie Spencer is left with nothing but the money she finds in the saddlebags of a dead soldier. Determined to be independent, she invests it in a ranch with Jared Smith, but when she doesn't have enough for a full partnership, she reluctantly throws herself in as part of the deal.

Playing housekeeper means plenty of time in close quarters with the sexy cowboy. Soon, they're in each other's arms, but personal demons keep Jared from admitting he's falling in love. When he finally sees what was right in front of him, it's going to take more than a lasso to get her back into his arms where she belongs.

My Review:

I loved this journey back to a much simpler yet infinitely more complicated time. Greenwood makes it very easy for readers to picture themselves transported into the story. Her spot on descriptions bring the Arizona territory to live in a real way. This carries through to her exquisitely vivid descriptions throughout the novel. Greenwood’s eloquent yet inviting writing style really allows you to focus on the story at hand. The subplots were just as intriguing as the main story and added to the complexity and enjoyment of the novel as a whole.

I fell in love with the main characters in this novel through Greenwood’s presentation of them. They were such unique yet realistic individuals fighting against both their pasts and their presents that you can’t help but appreciate them. My heart was on the line alongside these two. Watching Laurie gain her independence and belief in herself as she overcomes her past was very empowering. The contrast between the different characters was very marked but, as they say, it takes all kinds to make a village. There is someone for everyone to love and there is someone for everyone to hate. I thoroughly enjoyed this variety of characters. The close knit relationship between those at the ranch and those within the village as a whole was nice to see. The dialogue and exchanges between the characters in this novel made me laugh out loud more than once.

This is one of those stories that ends perfectly even though you never want it to end.

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