Book Thoughts by Rachelle
The First Lady of Three Rivers Ranch was my first introduction to Liz Isaacson’s sweet western romances and I’m hooked! It was really fun to read a story set back just a couple decades ago when there were still rotary telephones. It made for an interesting courtship when Heidi and Frank were getting to know each other.
I loved Heidi’s character. She was a bit flighty and unsure of the next steps to take and it made it more believable for Frank to sweep her off her feet. The setting was well-written and it was fun to daydream about what it might be like to live on a working ranch. For Heidi, baking for lots of cowboys turns out to be quite the job and it sets off a chain of events that will change her life.
This is a fun, sweet read and although it is book 8 in the series, I read it first.
Here’s more about the book:
A ranch owner, a baker, and the love that binds them…
Heidi Duffin has been dreaming about opening her own bakery since she was thirteen years old. She scrimped and saved for years to afford baking and pastry school in San Francisco. And now she only has one year left before she’s a certified pastry chef. She’s home for the summer when she goes to Three Rivers with her sister–and meets Frank Ackerman.
Frank’s father has recently retired, and he’s taken over the largest cattle ranch in the Texas Panhandle. A horseman through and through, he’s also nearing thirty-one and looking for someone to bring love and joy to a homestead that’s been dominated by men for a decade.
Since the death of his mother, Frank doesn’t feel like Three Rivers Ranch is a home. But when he convinces Heidi to come clean the cowboy cabins, she changes all that. With her culinary skills, she brings the cowboys together in ways Frank can only imagine. She builds what he’s always wanted for the ranch–a family.
But the siren’s call of a bakery is still loud in Heidi’s ears, even if she’s also seeing a future with Frank. Can she rely on her faith in ways she’s never had to before or will their relationship end when summer does?
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