After traveling the world, Dr. Cody Ryan has finally come home to his foster family’s ranch in Honey Grove, Texas. But all his time in Doctors Without Borders couldn’t have prepared him for the sudden blizzard that forces him to take shelter in an old barn—or for the shock of watching Stephanie O’Dell yank open that same barn door minutes later. He’s barely seen the gorgeous veterinarian since he returned, so why is she icier than the wind outside?
Stephanie—better known as Dr. Stevie around Sunflower Ranch—has been treating the cattle there for years…and not one of them is as bullheaded as Cody. He’s completely forgotten how he broke her heart, back when she was a teenager smitten by his easy charm and sharp wit. But as the blizzard rages on, trapping Cody and Stevie together, it’s clear that the fire they’ve built to keep warm isn’t the only source of sparks in that barn. Once the storm passes, will Stevie and Cody discover that they’ve fallen in love …and will either of them ever admit it?
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the eARC of this book. I did not realize it was #2 of a series until I read other reviews. Not having read the first in the series did not detract from the story. While the first book might have explained the backstory, this story stands on its own with great characters. It’s a story of second chances. I always feel drawn in to Mrs. Brown’s books and hate to see the last page come up. She has quickly become a favorite author for good, clean, heartwarming stories.
Texas Homecoming returns Carolyn Browns fans to the much loved Sunflower Ranch in a sweet second chance story. High school sweethearts, Cody had broken Stevie’s heart when he broke off the relationship to concentrate on his desire to become a doctor. Veterinarian Stevie has judged all other suitors against Cody…afraid to commit again. An unexpected blizzard brings them back together to face her animosity and his regrets as they struggle to stay alive. It’s a familiar trope, but in Ms. Brown’s capable hands there’s nothing mundane or ordinary in this book. Dialogue is witty, situations ring true, readers get updates on previously spotlighted characters and as is her trademark country music, family and good old Southern cuisine are extolled. It’s a wonderful read! I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Most highly recommend.