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Friday, October 2, 2015

From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas comes the first book in a compelling, emotionally resonant series set in a remote west Texas town—where family can be made by blood or by choice.

Rancher Staten Kirkland, the last descendant of Ransom Canyon's founding father, is rugged and practical to the last. No one knows that when his troubling memories threaten to overwhelm him, he runs to lovely, reclusive Quinn O'Grady…or that she has her own secret that no one living knows.

Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize—college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand's son. But one night, one wrong decision, will set his life on a course even he hadn't imagined.

Yancy Grey is running hard from his troubled past. He doesn't plan to stick around Ransom Canyon, just long enough to learn the town's weaknesses and how to use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old enough to reach a car's pedals, isn't prepared for what he encounters.

In this dramatic new series, the lives, loves and ambitions of four families will converge, set against a landscape that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful, where passion, property and pride are worth fighting—and even dying—for.

Praise for Ransom Canyon

Ransom Canyon is a tale of redemption and hope filled with authentic dialogue and characters engaging enough to chat with over a cup of coffee.” – Fort Worth Star Telegram
“Western romance legend Thomas opens her latest series in a small Texas town…. Ransom Canyon will warm readers with its huge heart and gentle souls. For all romance collections.” – Library Journal

Once again a delightful entry into a new series by a favorite of mine. Jodi Thomas has the ability to reel me in every time with her enterprising, intelligent and caring cast of characters and RANSOM CANYON has some of the best yet. ” – Fresh Fiction

A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and “checking up” on their two grown sons.

I have read several of Jodi's books and always thought the storyline was well thought out and moved at a good pace. As I began to read her newest book, I began to wonder where the story was going. We have Staten Kirkland, a rancher who lost his wife to an illness that is emotionly drained. But death would knock on his door once again. This time it  is his beloved son was has tragically been killed in a car accident. How much more heartache can he withstand? During his darkest moments over the years, he has secretly turned to Quinn, his wives's best friend for comfort. It's an odd relationship and one I had a hard time accepting. He goes there late at night to her house,  and leaves soon after. It seems almost like a cold and calculated use of a woman. Will Quinn continue to allow Staten into her bed whenever he feels down? Has  Quinn's feeling for Staten become more than just a  need to be close to him? Quinn seems to be a woman that has yearned for Staten for years and is willing to continue to be used by him hoping his feeling will suddenly change.

Lucas is a nice surprise in the book. A young man who is respectful and a hard worker. He has big plans and his main goal is to leave the little town and make it to college . Being a ranch hand is respectful work, but his desire reaches much bigger than an extra hand for a ranch. Will his night out  with friends change everything? Can one mistake , one poor choice change his destiny?

Yancy Grey is my favorite character in the book. The author does an amazing job of giving him an attitude of take what you can from whoever you can. He has just been released  from prison and needs a small town to start over. He has plans to make a new start. What better place then a laid back sleepy town . When he comes upon a group of senior citizens, will they welcome him? Can Yancey protect this group from people who want to take advantage of them?

The authors description of the town is well done with a feeling of storefront shops and friendly people just waiting to say hi. Overall it's a good story of romance, working together, dealing with the past and finding happiness. The town is very  picturesque with a sweeping of land spread as far as the eyes can see. Most romance readers will not be disappointed in Jodi's new book to Ransome Canyon.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Lone Star LitLife  for an honest review

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