“That’s all you have to say? You’re back now?”
Ten years ago, the love of Raven Reynolds’s life disappeared without a trace. Now Donovan Cordero is back, standing on her doorstep. Along the way, Raven had the rancher’s child—though he didn’t know she was pregnant! Now her prayers have been answered, but happily-ever-after feels further away than ever. Because how can she rebuild a life with her child’s father if she’s engaged to another man?
“[Kathy Douglass] pulls you right in from page one, and you won’t want to leave.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
About the Author
Kathy Douglass came by her love of reading naturally - both of her parents were readers. She would finish one book and pick up another. Then she attended law school and traded romances for legal opinions.
After the birth of her two children, her love of reading turned into a love of writing. Kathy now spends her days writing the small town comtemporary novels she enjoys reading.
Kathy loves to hear from her readers and can be found on Facebook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review. Before reading this book, I was not even aware that there were ranches in North Carolina. So I learned something new from this book, the first in a new series and a new author for me. This is a second chance, cowboy, murder mystery all rolled into one. Donovan Cordero was nineteen years old, with a sweetheart he loved and his whole future ahead of him, when driving to see his girlfriend, Raven Reynolds, stumbled upon a murder scene. He did not recognize the victim, but did know the two murderers- the town sheriff and the wealthy and powerful Karl Rivers, father of his friend, Carson. Because Donovan had protected Carson from bullies, Rivers spared his life, but told him to leave town and never come back, or he would kill his parents and his Raven. Terrified, he fled. Ten years later, after the death of Rivers, he comes home, to the delight of his parents, but shocks Raven. She also has a surprise for him- their nine year old son, Elias. Can Raven trust Donovan, even after she learns why he disappeared? Can they return to the love that they once had? The characters are appealing and the plot interesting. However, most of it did not make much sense. Happening in the age of electronic devices, Donovan could have texted or emailed his parents and Raven, to explain why he had to disappear. After a few years had passed, after maturing a bit, he could have gone to the FBI, but he did none of that. He then repeated his mistake of silence, after leaving the Turner's ranch in Texas, where he had eventually settled, by not contact them once he was back in Sweet Briar, letting them know he was ok. The author, also never revealed the identity of the murder victim, but maybe that will happen in the next book.
The Rancher's Return by Kathy Douglass ..Sweet Briar Sweethearts series #1 ... This is the first book that I have read by Kathy Douglass and I really enjoyed it...I started reading late last night and only put it down to sleep and eat. This is a great second chance romance and I was totally in the whole way. Donovan( childhood friend and young sweetheart of Raven who he ghosted and was gone for 10 years. Raven ( heartbroken when Donovan left without out telling anyone...and by the way she was also pregnant) There are so many things to over come... he wants to be part of Elias life as his dad...he wants Raven back... there are tears(I cried some ugly ones) laughter, drama, and a heartwarming HEA. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Easy-to-read Entertaining Funny Happily Ever After Page-turner Romantic Tear-jerker Witty Wonderful characters