Sweet Home Montana
(Charity, Montana Book #3)
By Lynne Marshall
Print & ebook, 278 Pages
September 27th 2018 by Tule Publishing
Entrepreneur Wade Conrad is called home to act as a temporary guardian for his teenage half-brother, who’s acting out and needs strong guidance. Wade feels they are both floundering, so he seeks help for Brent at Healing Heart Acres, an equine therapy center.
Erin Chase has been working as an equine therapist since her fiancé called off their wedding with no explanation three years ago. She personally enjoys the peace found through animal therapy and believes in passing on the gift. When Erin meets Wade, she’s instantly drawn to his concern for his brother, as well as his kindness and charm.
Wade treasures time spent with Erin. They both long for more, but Wade’s leaving for California soon and his brother’s needs come first. Will he take a chance on love before it’s too late?
A flashy silver sedan drove up and parked in the lot, and a father-son duo straight out of the pages of Gentleman’s Quarterly magazine got out. The son was sullen, casting a suspicious gaze, as if thinking this was the dumbest idea he’d ever heard of. Breaking with GQ chic, he wore a silly knit cap that stood out for two reasons, it wasn’t that cold, and there was a moose face on it. It took confidence to pull off the look.
The father seemed determined, as many parents were when they arrived, usually after having Healing Heart Acres recommended by someone in the professional community—a teacher, therapist, or pastor. The parents often arrived hoping to find the magic solution to help their kid. Erin knew the look, even though it was on an exceptionally young-looking father’s face.
She also remembered how long it’d taken her to work through her sorrow, anger, and insecurities when she’d come. It had been a slow process, one she hadn’t yet completed, even though she’d come a long way, yet still not quite ready to relaunch her life.
At Healing Heart Acres, gaining the trust of a large animal like a horse required personal growth and a lot of soul searching. When a client learned to trust, then and only then, did the horse or any of the barnyard animals let the clients fully care for them.
Did that kid have what it took? Since he had the nerve to wear that moose cap, he should.
She glanced at her guest tour list. The Pimento family included both parents and twin teen boys, Gary and Gerard. Next to their names it said, seeking volunteer time for school requirements. The Acres would be an easy sell for them. Then there was Wade and Brent Conrad. Man, that sophisticated-looking guy seemed young to be a father. Must’ve been a teenage marriage, was all she could figure.
The fine hairs on her arms and at the back of her neck tingled over the taller, older one. Then she concentrated on the teen, the reason for them being here. Would Healing Hearts provide what they needed?
For some crazy reason, not that she ever flirted with any of the fathers who came here, this time she was glad to have put on some lip gloss and to have combed her hair.
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About the Author
Lynne used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming, then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always stories from her heart. She is a Southern California native, married for almost thirty years, has two adult children she is super proud of, is a dog lover, cat admirer, a power walker, and fellow traveler on this wild road called life!
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