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PEMBERLEY RANCH by Jack Caldwell
The time is at the end of the Civil War and the place is Rosings, Texas. The Bennett family has moved to Rosings from Ohio. The family’s only male heir was killed during the war and one of his sisters, Beth, vows to hate Confederates forever no matter that she must now live among them.
Meanwhile, half of Rosings is owned by Will Darcy, a handsome former Confederate Captain. Will’s best friend is Dr. Charles Bingley, whom he met during the war. Soon Charles falls in love with the eldest Bennett daughter, Jane, and they marry.
Beth allows herself to accept Charles since he makes Jane happy. However, she can barely tolerate his friend, Will, despite the physical attraction she feels around him. To add to Beth’s dislike of Will, devious family friend George Whitehead tells lies and distorts the truth. Unknown to Beth and her family, Whitehead has secrets he’s hiding.
The pull between Beth and Will is a typical case of opposites attracting. She’s a Union farm girl and he’s a former Confederate officer turned rancher. They find they have to pull together to save what is most dear to both of them.
This is a refreshing look at a western romance with a touch of intrigue and humor mingled in. Debut author Jack Caldwell has developed some strong major characters, as well as some lovable secondary ones.
PEMBERLEY RANCH is an enjoyable read. It will have readers hooked from the first page until the last line.
Author Jack Caldwell's website is http://webpages.charter.net/jvcla25/
Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell, Sourcebooks Landmark, @2010, ISBN: 978-1-4022-4128-4, Paperback, 384 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.