Long before I began writing, I was a voracious reader of romances. I still love a great story, and there are many wonderful authors writing them. I invite you to check back on Saturdays when I share my reviews of some books I've enjoyed recently, both historical and contemporary.
Country Gal + City Guy = Conflict
Mattie Evans, a dedicated veterinarian, loves animals, her independence and her beloved Flint Hills of Kansas. Gil McCray, rodeo hero turned football star, headed to California after the death of his brother and has no desire to return to a place filled with painful memories.
When Gil’s favorite horse is injured, he grudgingly makes a visit to his father’s ranch. Sparks fly between Gil and his dad, who’ve been sparring for years, but another kind of spark flares when he meets the spunky vet caring for his four-legged friend. He’s drawn to Mattie as she is to him, but Gil harbors a secret that could change everything. Can he make peace with his past, accept the Lord’s forgiveness and overcome Mattie’s resistance? Can she forgive Gil when she learns the truth and put love of the man before love of the land?
Deborah Vogts has crafted a heartwarming tale in her debut novel, Snow Melts in Spring. I warmed to Mattie from the beginning, grew to like Gil soon after and found myself eager to see them work out their differences. There’s plenty of conflict to move the well-written story along, but it’s tempered by touching scenes that create a pleasing balance. Vogts seamlessly weaves the faith element into her story as both characters endeavor to turn their struggles over to the Lord. I enjoyed my time with Vogts’ characters and look forward to reading the next book in her Seasons of the Tallgrass series.
I'll choose the winner from all those who leave a comment by the Friday after the post and will post the winner's name the following Saturday.
Last Week's Winner
Congrats to Susan Hollaway, winner of my gently-read copy of The Reluctant Cowgirl by Christine Lynxwiler.