Disclaimer: I am not a Christian, but that will not prevent me from reading and enjoying. I got this book to review for the Goodreads' first read's Giveaway. This book was sent to me free of charge by the publisher Harlequin: Love Inspired to review. This fact does not sway my personal opinion of this book. I will state my honest opinion/constructive criticism in this review, positive and/or negative.
Back-cover: Marry a secure businessman, or become a bunkhouse cook for twenty hungry cowboys on a cattle ranch? When Angelina Brighton chooses the ranch, she runs from the wedding her billionaire father arranged. Angelina won't marry a man she doesn't love. Then along comes former special ops soldier Tyler Stone, barreling into Dry Creek to bring her back home. Or so she thinks.But Big Sky country is full of surprises for everyone--especially for a faithful gal and rugged cowboy who discover what home "really" means.
Over-all Thoughts: It was okay. It was a sweet little love story about family and forgiveness. The one thing I seriously disliked is the way the author handled the atheist's conversion. It left me feeling bitter.
What I liked: It was a sugary sweet love story about forgiveness and how people change. I could deal with the religious themes, and it was cute seeing devotion in the heroine.
What I Hated: Tyler's conversion. I have read some books with conversions in it The Stand by Stephen King is an example, but it didn't come off forced or judgmental. Angelina whined the whole entire time how she wanted to marry a Christian man, but the man she loved never wanted to be a Christian. The other people in town were also hassling him on conversion. It left me feeling bitter because of my own experiences with Christians like this, that if you don't convert they will leave you. Of course in the last chapter Tyler converted right at the end of the book, and planned to marry Angelina as soon as possible. It was selfish of Angelina to almost demand and expect it from Tyler. It's cool that she wanted a Christian man, but it's manipulative to expect someone to convert for you. If you love someone you should love them regardless if they are Christian or not.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5. I feel this review was pretty generous, given my rant above.
Recommend it? Maybe.