After fleeing North Dakota and the now defunct Wild West Show, Cassie Lockwood and her companions have finally found the hidden valley in South Dakota where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. But to her dismay, she discovers a ranch already built on her land.
Cassie’s arrival surprises Mavis Engstrom and forces her to reveal secrets she’s kept hidden for years. Her son Ransom is suspicious of Cassie and questions the validity of her claim to the valley. But Lucas Engstrom decides from the start that he is in love with her and wants to marry her.
Will Cassie be able to build a home on the Bar E Ranch and fulfill her father’s dream of raising horses, or will she be forced to return to the itinerant life of her past?
The second installment in the Wild West Wind series picks up immediately where the first left off so there is a smooth transition. As I found with the first instalment, the pacing was very slow and revolves around the daily ins-and-outs of ranch living. There is a general lack of tension or conflict that propels the story forward. The romantic storyline doesn’t become a real page contender until the last couple of chapters and ends with a lukewarm cliffhanger. This prolonged coming of age story will endear itself to traditional inspirational fiction lovers looking for books reminiscent of Janette Oke’s style.
**Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group**