This book was a real winner! I liked everything about it. It had a little suspense and intrigue, (and an ending I wasn't really expecting), and alot of romance just waiting to happen; loveable kids, a tiny little lady who had lots of spunk, and a cowboy who needed a lady's tender touch. Colleen Coble has written an endearing story and as the author said in the beginning of this book, only God knows the best journey for us. We need to let go and trust Him. He is the one who is ultimately in charge, although we all at times try to take charge of things ourselves.
Lucy Marsh was one of those ladies who had to take charge she thought. She finds herself taking care of her little brother and sister after her father is killed and her step-mother abandons them. She is now without a job and soon to be kicked out of their home, when a man who knew her father visits them and offers her a home for her family in Texas if she will marry by proxy his son and travel back to Texas with him. Lucy finds herself excepting the offer and taking her family to Texas. Needles to say Nate Stanton is NOT pleased to find his father has brought home a wife for him. He takes one look at the petite young Lucy and knows she could never make it on their cattle ranch and survive. Lucy though is out to prove she can be the wife Nate needs. It is fun and endearing to watch both Lucy and Nate change and to watch them dance around their feelings for each other. I loved Lucy and her determination. They were both honest and outspoken at times and it was always interesting to see the situations Lucy kept finding herself in and Nate having to help her out of them.
Lucy was someone we can all relate to. We say we trust God and what he has for us, but then hard times come and we start relying on ourselves instead of God. I liked the advice given to Lucy in the book, "Life happens, Lucy. Good and bad, they come to all of us sooner or later. We can't will away the bad things. They are part of what shapes us into the people we become." Lucy must learn she can't earn love by being what she thinks people want her to be, but people love her for who she really is. Alot of good lessons to learn in a delightfully entertaining way. Looking forward to more stories in this series. I also want to thank Thomas Nelson Publishing for sending me this story to review via NetGalley. Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 14, 2012) ISBN-10: 1595549153 ISBN-13: 978-1595549150