Friday, February 21, 2014

Book review: Rodeo Sweethearts by Lilian Darcy

Rodeo Sweethearts (The Copper Mountain Rodeo 0.5) by Lilian Darcy
Contemporary romance
eBook, 31 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Tule Publishing 

Melinda and Rob MacCreadie have been married for nearly thirty years, but she is the worst wife for a hard-working Montana rancher and she knows it.

With their five children grown and finding love, Melinda is daunted by the idea of accepting newcomers into the family. She and Rob still hold a secret that dates from before the birth of their triplets all those years ago.

Rob is such a fine man, strong and good-looking and endlessly patient. He’s wise, too, but is he right to insist that it’s time to tell people what happened? Does he really understand how she feels? 

Secrets have a way of reminding those keeping the facts under wraps of their presence. For a couple, Melinda and Rob McCreadie (Jamie's parents from Marry Me, Cowboy), happily married for thirty years, the weight of keeping a secret takes its toll on this couple forcing Rob to confront his wife and make her decide whether the time is right to bring up the mistakes of their past. 

Rodeo Sweethearts is a sweet short story of one couple's enduring love and marriage and the outcome of keeping secrets from their family. Melinda has been enduring the aftermath of living with a secret stemming from the night she gave birth to their triplets. The dishonesty has been a constant companion to her over time, affecting her and her life. Rob notices when he takes his wife to a rodeo how she's changed from the girl he first kissed at another rodeo years before. He has endured the cloying silence of keeping quiet until he can no longer contain his worry. In order to catch a glimpse of the innocent girl Melinda used to be, Rob must help her let go of the past.

Rodeo Sweethearts is a touching testament to true love and the need for honesty in keeping a marriage healthy. I'm a fan of the Montana Rodeo series and this insight into the McCreadie parents helps readers gain the proper persepctive for this couple as they read the other books in the series. Lillian Darcy paints a poignant portrait of a loving couple affected by keeping things bottled in and how the future can only be improved upon by righting the sins of the past.

Rating: 4

Cover comment:
I like it.

Book source:
Purchased and also received a promotional copy.

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