Home To Wyoming-Rebecca Winters

Home To Wyoming
Rebecca Winters
Harlequin American, Sep 3 2013, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373754717

At Walter Reed, marines Lundgren, Buck and Ross suffering from survivor guilt and respiratory problems caused by their Afghan deployment agree to convert the spread owned by Carson Lundgren (see The Wyoming Cowboy) into a dude ranch for the families of fallen comrades. When the trio completes the renovation, they begin to invite surviving family members of deceased comrades in arms.

After Buck Summerhayes spent a few days with his family in Colorado, he flies to Wyoming to work at the Teton Valley Dude Ranch. On the same flight are Alex Wilson and her seven years old granddaughter Jennifer Forrester. In Jackson Hole, Alex informs Buck two months after her son-in-law Daniel was killed saving the lives of others from a grenade, her daughter Christy died from leukemia. The fortyish guardian also decides to reject her boyfriend Frank’s proposal as Jennifer must come first. As Buck goes out of his way for Jennifer, he and her Nana fall in love but he agrees with his beloved that the child’s needs come before their desires.

The second Daddy Dude Ranch romance provides readers with insight into the mental and physical health of returning soldiers and surviving family members. The lead couple and the child seem real with each struggling to deal with varying degrees of PTSD (his from combat trauma; theirs from grief) and he additionally needs an oxygen mask handy. The older woman younger man romance adds freshness to a tender family drama.

Harriet Klausner

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