Jake Porter has always only loved one person his whole life, Lyndie James. As children they did everything today up until the day Lyndie and her family had to move from Texas to California. Jake moved on with his life by graduating from high school and joining the marines. However, things took an ugly turn years later when Jake was involved with an accident when he is away on tour that leaves a couple of his fellow marines dead and Jake badly scarred on the face. After arriving home to his brothers ranch Jake finds solace in being alone and training horses. That is until he hears Lyndie James is back in town....
Lyndie James returns to Holley, Texas with two things on her mind. Finding a job working with Thoroughbreds and finding love. Things begin to start looking up for her as she finds a job on the Porters ranch training horses wither childhood best friend. However, Jake is no longer the boy that she remembers but rather a man with secrets and scars.
Will Lyndie be able to work her way in to Jakes heart? Can Jake get beyond his past and the fears he has to open himself up to love?
I received and ARC of this book from Bethany House Publishers for a honest, non biased review. This is the second book that I have read of Becky's and I was worried that I was not going to like it. However, that was not the case. I really enjoyed learning about another of the Porter men and see his love for Lyndie grow from the beginning of the book to the end.
Becky does a great job of bringing in well developed characters and setting a great scene. As a reader you get to really know the characters and feel like you really know them. An item that I also enjoy about Becky's books are these four items: Family, Faith, Friends and romance. She is able to weave those items through out the book which makes it that stronger of a book.
Another great aspect of this book was the incorporation of Lyndie's sister Mollie! I really enjoyed seeing the closeness that Lyndie and her sister had. It showed that family really is one of the most important things in life that can either keep a family together or tear them apart.
I guess if I had to find one item in this book that I did not care for was that they really didn't have an ending to Amber and Will's story. I got really hooked on that couple as well so I wanted to see what happened with them. I really felt like that story could have had more added or even in its own book.
I recommend this book to readers of all ages and those that like stories that have laughter, sadness and love! Below are a couple of my favorite quotes:
"Lyndie saw the perfect symmetry of it then. If she and Jake were irrevocably linked together then of course God had intended them equally for the good of the other. Her for him. Him for her."
"A bleak and unholy light inhabited Jake's eyes. It was more than enough to cause an old lady to have a heart attack, a young girl to run from him in fear, and a thirty-year-old with a dreamer's heart to want to love him so much and so relentlessly that he'd have no choice but to come back to life."