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Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series
A Double Dutch Ranch Spin Off Series
This book does cover the holiday season, but it isn’t necessarily a holiday novel and can be read anytime.
Set up: In this snippet, Jake is having a conversation with his wife, who is leaving him and taking their son to another state with no intentions of returning. She digs at Jake the best way she knows how to take the blame off herself. We’re in Jake’s POV. See my cute doggie on the cover? She lives on this this series:
“Maybe your precious Beth would be satisfied, but I’m not.”
All right, there it was. What a surprise. Not. “Why do you keep throwing her up to me? She’s been gone from Canyon Junction for thirteen fu…damn years—”
“The rumors about her never stop—”
“Maybe because they aren’t rumors. She and I are a part of this town’s past. People like to reminisce. I don’t!” Jake lifted his hands to his head. “My relationship with her happened way before I met you, Paige. You’re the one I married.”
“Because you had to.”
“Regardless, you’re the one I married with no regrets—”
Paige shook her head and stomped away. “I wanted to travel, but then…then Trace came along and before I knew it, I was a tied-down wife and mother.”
His cheeks puffed out as he held his words in, but not for long. “You say that like it’s a bad thing. Yeah, I get it more every time I see you. Maybe you’re fooling yourself. It’ll come out eventually. Let me fix what needs fixing. If you don’t think I’ve done—”
“You have, and you’ve had a complete turnaround from who you used to be, but…”
Jake swallowed another gulp of beer, set the half-filled bottle on the counter, and headed toward the living room. Her but didn’t go any further. He picked up his hat from the table and stopped at the exit door. She wasn’t getting off that easy. “But?”
Her eyes remained fixed on the floor. “I want more. I’ve had enough of ranching.”
“The ranch used to be all you wanted. That’s why I took it over from my parents and built it up. For us.” He blew out a breath and glanced at the lighted pumpkin in the living room. Jake sighed. “Well, go get your more, but leave my son with me. He never said he wanted more. Have you asked him? He wants to stay with me.” Jake paused to catch his breath. “I’ll pick up Trace after school Friday.” He strutted out and down the steps until he got to his truck. Stopping for a moment, he glanced back. The door slammed. He’d hire a new lawyer. This wasn’t over.
A few Amazon Reviews:
Best ending ever!
This book did not have any boring stretches!!!
I could not put the book down till I finished reading the whole wonderful story.
About the Book:
Second Chance Romance.
What can stand in their way this time?
Rancher Jake Lawton never expects to become a single dad to his nine-year-old overnight. However, one last malicious act his wife had done before leaving them, could affect both he and his son’s lives. By chance, he runs into his high school sweetheart, never expecting the same old yearnings to return with one “How are ya?” embrace. Has their unanticipated meeting arrived at the perfect time, or has years apart put an end to what should’ve been years ago?
Beth Marconi arrives home to help care for her ailing father. In town, she inadvertently runs into her first love—the cowboy she nearly married after graduation. Sparks ignite before they say hello, but how do they start over when life has left them so bruised? When her ex comes to town, she’s forced to explain the secret surrounding her short-lived marriage. Is Jake the kind of man who will understand, or will he revert to the hell-raiser he had become when Beth left thirteen years ago?
Filled with both anguish and hope, a young boy and two lonely hearts pursue a second chance.
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