The Rancher’s City Girl, by Patricia Johns

rancherscitygirlI’ve said before and I’ll say again: I’m not a great reviewer for romance because I don’t read enough of them to be a good judge — however Patricia Johns is a friend of mine and I always make a point of picking up her latest Love Inspired titles even if romance is not my usual genre. Titles in Harlequin’s Love Inspired line are not only sweet and wholesome without any graphic sex, but also highlight the spiritual journeys of their Christian characters along with their romantic journeys (I have now officially used the word “journey” TOO MUCH). In Johns’s latest romance, Eloise is a nurse providing home care to a cranky old man who has only recently discovered he has a long-lost son from an affair he had years ago — and he’s not too pleased about this blast from his past showing up now. The long-lost son just happens to be handsome rancher Cory, who, not surprisingly, is attracted to his father’s pretty and kindhearted nurse. But Cory and Eloise are both recovering from broken relationships — in her case, a husband who walked out on her; in his case a fiancee who dumped him. The ostensible conflict is whether city girl Eloise can ever learn to love Cory’s rancher life, but the real struggle here is whether two people who have been hurt badly can trust enough to love again. Cory’s relationship with the father he never knew is another element of the plot that’s skilfully drawn without providing any too-easy resolution. If you like inspirational romances you will have to go a long way to find a writer who handles this genre better than Patricia Johns does.


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