From the bestselling author of Queen of Cowboy: regrets and old heartbreaks are unearthed in this sweeping love story as hometown sweethearts get a second chance at love—and being a family.Retired combat medic Jesse Ryan hasn’t been home much since he enlisted twenty years ago. Now he’s headed back to Texas to help take care of his aging foster parents and run Sunflower ranch. But when he gets there, he finds his parents’ live-in nurse is Addison Hall, his high school best friend and the woman he always regretted leaving behind after their one steamy night together before he shipped out. He’s not at all surprised that their chemistry is still sparking, but Jesse is shocked to learn Addy gave birth to a little girl about nine months after he left—his little girl.
Addy has her hands full as a single mom of a nineteen-year-old daughter who suddenly wants to rebel at everything. The last thing she needs is Jesse Ryan complicating her life even further, especially since she’s always had a crush on the handsome cowboy. But the more time she spends with Jesse, the more she wonders what might happen if they finally let their friendship blossom into something more and became the family she’d always hoped for.
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Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch is a sweet story about family, those created by blood, and those created by choice. Childhood friends Jesse and Addy crossed the line to lovers on the night before he left to join the Air Force. The result of that night was kept from him for twenty years. Now back home for good Jesse finds his old friend and her nineteen year old daughter also living on his parents’ ranch. Carolyn Brown’s well defined characters have a lot to contend with as Jesse’s aging parents contemplate their future while Addy and her daughter learn that mistakes can be remedied...fortunately without pages of angst, which this reader hates. The volume includes an equally as uplifting bonus story, Small Town Charm that showcases Ms. Brown’s talent at creating wonderful older characters. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Most highly recommend.
Wonderful heart warming about second chance love. Jesse left to join the Air Force, leaving his best friend after one night together, now he's coming home after retiring to take his place at the family ranch. Addy has kept a secret for twenty years, letting Jesse follow his dreams but now he's back and his nineteen year old bonus is staring him in his face. Fun story about family, old friends and real love this book is a great way to start a new series! Great characters.
As always, Brown provides an uplifting story. Jesse returns home to care for his aging foster parents - glad to be back in Texas until he learns that their housekeeper/nurse is a former love interest from high school. Addy has a 19 year old daughter which happens to be Jesse although he is not aware of that. This coming together of a family while another is suffering the hardships of aging is a delight. It would be lovely to see the world through Mrs. Brown's eyes so thoughtful and and positive.
Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch is a great start to The Ryan Family series. I loved the story of how Sunflower Ranch got its name, and I really enjoyed Jesse and Addy's sweet second chance love story. I can't wait to read about the other two Ryan brothers!