Anna McKenna is now in her eighties and is returning the Leonard horse ranch that quite literally saved her life after her parents were killed and she had to run away from her caretaker. In her youth, Anna was spunky and had a fire in her that built the small ranch into a well-known horse ranch. Now that she’s back, she sees that her knowledge and love of horses is just a great as before, but she also sees that there is still difficulty in maintaining a prospering business against the ever-changing economy and constantly-incoming bills.
Chet Leonard is the third generation owner of the Leonard horse ranch and is fighting more than just the economic downturn. A few years ago, one of his sons was killed in an accident and shortly after that his wife walked away from the family and never looked back. Chet just wants to figure out a way to make the ranch continue and doesn’t want to get involved in anything else, emotionally or physically.
Then one afternoon after Nana Anna comes back to live with them, Kimberly Welch shows up at the ranch asking for Chet’s help in taming a horse that was given to her daughter, Tara. Kimberly is trying to find a way to allow Tara to keep the horse, but financially they really can’t afford it. However, Kimberly knows that Tara has been through so much in recent months (the sudden death of her father, being left destitute because of her father’s financial ineptness, and having to leave all of her friends in a move) and is trying very hard to figure out a way to make keeping the horse a reality. While Chet is reluctant to help her, there’s something about Kimberly and about the idea of working with this spirited horse that intrigues him.
During the process of training the horse, Chet and his family get to know Tara and Kimberly quite well and in turn, Kimberly and Tara discover a great new way to help increase the income for the ranch. As the walls for both of them come down, Chet and Kimberly learn to trust in themselves again, but more importantly they learn to trust in love again.
Love Without End is another Robin Lee Hatcher grand slam! The characters are real and the book just takes off from the very first page. Knowing this is the first in a series, I hope that in coming books we get to learn more about Chet and his son’s accident…that was the only part of the book that left me wanting. I wanted to know more about what happened *before* we meet Chet. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next!
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
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