Triple Range Ranch Western Romance Book 3
STORY-LINE LOVE AT LONG LAST BY EMILY WOODS:
Valerie Hillcrest, raised by wealthy parents, expected to marry a man thirty years her senior, loves her oldest friend. Unable to abide her father’s decision, she’s sets off to find the love of her life, Thomas Wellington. Valerie hired a private detective who discovers Thomas’ location. Thomas ran from his wealthy family when sixteen. Unable to follows his fathers desire for him to take over the family business, Thomas left for the free life in the West. Thomas, working on the Triple Range ranch for the last five years, can not believe his eyes when Valerie descends from a wagon; announcing to all she’s his fiancee.
Ah, “the tangled web we weave when first we practice to decease”. Thomas realizes his lies are about to catch-up with him. Will Valerie persuade Thomas to go back East? How will she fit in on this working ranch in her costly clothes, precise proper English, and manners? Will attraction and love bloom between Thomas and Valerie? My romance book reviews of Love At Long Last follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
In Love At Long Last, Thomas’ carefully constructed life was imploding around him. Woods crafted Thomas’ dismay at the turn of events with skill. Woods crafted this book with skillful and clean clear writing which made it an easy read. A continuation of the Triple Range series, this book will hold the readers attention from the first pages. I love books with recurring characters as they allow us to catch up with their lives. I enjoyed revisiting the Triple Range again.
Woods skillfully shows the attitude of the young cowboys towards single pretty young women; young unmarried women were short in the West; rough around the edges and amazed at such a beautiful women. Thomas’ character is one who wanted to make his own way. A strong man of morals and character, not suited to a desk job back East, Woods showed his anger, frustration, worry, dismay, and shock with Valerie’s announcements and demands. Woods did a wonderful job showing the differences between life back East compared to the West, as Valerie tried to fit in with the Western attitudes, language and mannerisms.
The men and women on the Triple Range intrigue Valerie; an alien way of life compared to the East. Immature and naïve she believed all she had to do was show up, announce she’s Thomas’ fiancée, and take him home to New York. Woods skillfully matured Valerie throughout the story, crafting a strong woman of character.
Woods writing’s vivid; I could feel Valerie’s sadness and hurt when Thomas told her why he left New York. With wise counsel, gentle prodding, prayer and faith in God, will Thomas and Valerie, head in the direction they should go? Woods through Elise, leads Valerie to many realizations about herself and God’s will; she realizes God has a purpose for everything, whether it’s to marry Thomas only time would tell. In turn, John gently gave Thomas sage advice.
I felt Thomas’ confusion and swelling turbulent emotions as he wrestled with the situation. It was so funny to watch Thomas as he did all he could to run Valerie off; including coming up with a candidate to marry her. When his candidate came calling, boy, was he out of sorts. Then when Valerie went on the picnic, I laughed and laughed at her antics. Feeling all the emotions of the characters, following their revelations and realizations, I became involved with the characters in this sweet clean romance. I found Love At Long a solid story; I would not hesitate to buy this book for my self or a friend.
LOVE AT LONG LAST RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received this book from Fairfield Publishing. I chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest romance book review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and under my name, are my opinions. No one influenced my voluntary romance book review.
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