Love on the Range by Jessica Nelson
Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical Series
Historical Romance, Published April 2012
Challenges: NetGalley Reading Challenge 2012, Christian Historical Fiction Challenge
Read: March 2012, 288 pp.
The Wild West Awaits…
Any other socialite would view being packed off to a remote Oregon ranch as a punishment. But Gracelyn Riley knows that this is her opportunity to become a real reporter. If she can make her name through an interview with the elusive hero known as Striker, then she’ll never have to depend on anyone ever again.
Rancher Trevor Cruz can’t believe his secret identity is being endangered by an overly chatty city girl. But if there’s one thing he knows, it’s that Gracie’s pretty little snooping nose is bound to get her in trouble. So he’ll use her determination to find “Striker” to keep an eye on her…and stick close by her side.
Could romance be their greatest adventure?
Gracelyn packs her bags and heads west on a train from Boston to Oregon to get away from the Spanish Influenza and to visit her Uncle Lou. While she’s there, Gracelyn has a second agenda – to find the notorious Wild West Hero known as Striker and interview him for the papers back east. When she gets to her uncle’s ranch, she is soon consumed by chores and cooking for the ranch hands. They are glad to have her, but she hardly has time to roam the countryside to find the elusive Striker. Trevor, one of her uncle’s most trusted ranch hands finds trouble in Gracelyn’s many questions about Striker, and his concern is not unwarranted because trouble is not far behind her.
This was an enjoyable read – a great, clean romance with a strong heroine. The story is written in third person and I think I would have enjoyed seeing the story from both Trevor and Gracelyn’s point-of-views. A wonderful debut and Jessica has become an author I will be looking forward to in the future!
Obsession was the way in which madness lay.
-Opening line from Love on the Range by Jessica Nelson
Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.