Daisy Etheridge has many regrets in her life. She wishes one of them could be Jack Wilkins, but if she’d never met Jack she wouldn’t have Kate. As much as she hates Jack for the whirlwind of emotions he’s dragged her through, she can never regret the daughter they created. Spending many months mending the broken heart he left her with, Daisy finally has the opportunity to realize her dream of training to become an opera singer. When she realizes she needs money in order to take care of Kate during her training, she decides it’s time to surprise daddy with a visit.
Jack has spent years chasing down Elena…the girl he’s loved since he was a young boy. Now that she has decided to devote her life to the church and God, Jack can’t accept her decision. He has chased her back to the ranch they grew up on hoping to change her mind before she takes her vows to become a nun but is surprised when a girl from his past shows up with his child in tow. A child he didn’t know anything about.
Daisy thought she just wanted Jack’s money and Jack thought he just wanted Elena. Now the short time that Jack, Daisy and Kate have spent together as a family is making them question what they really want…and whom.
All good things must come to and end, right? Such is the case with the last installment of the sensational Blood Rose Trilogy by the clever and talented author Kaki Warner. In Chasing the Sun, we discover the story of the youngest Wilkins brother, the light footed and carefree adventure, Jack. As with the first two installments, Pieces of Sky and Open Country, Warner constructs a tale that is an all consuming emotional adventure that you never wish to end. Chasing the Sun delivers the same heart felt character attachment and overall beauty that was previously seen in the first two novels and that you wish was created in every novel you picked up. For the first time in the series we have a tumultuous love triangle, one which is sure to cause heartache at every turn, yet intensifies the dramatic and complex love story.
What draws you into this ever expanding family is the comfort and acceptance they represent. You always feel as is you know each and every member well, as if they are a long lost friend. Daisy is a woman easily guided by her heart, but does everything to avoid that in order to protect her daughter. Her constant struggles with her feelings for Jack show you the amazing character she truly is. Her heart is screaming at her to love Jack, to stay with Jack, but his history as a drifter forces her to ignore her heart and follow her instincts. She is truly a sight to behold. A woman who would overlook the feelings of her heart in order to protect herself and her daughter is courage personified. It may seem a simple plot, but Warner’s writing allows you to feel the pain and heartache with Daisy. It is powerful experience that readers won’t soon forget.
Jack is perhaps the most interesting brother in the Wilkins family. One lives and breathes life on the ranch, the other considers home a state of mind and then there is Jack. The one who can’t stay too long in one place and is in love with a woman he can never have. Then Daisy and Kate enter his life and he is forced to sit still and reconsider all the decision he’s ever made and for the first time, consider his future. In essence, you are watching this character fully mature and while you may not fully love him at page one…by the last page you will realize what a fool you’ve been.
Here’s the point to remember: Warner may not have written the first historical western romance, and she certainly hasn’t written the last, but no reader ever knew what a perfect romance novel could be until she put it to paper. You may think you know historical romance, but Kaki Warner will show you how it’s really supposed to be done. This isn’t the novel to pick up for a light read on a Sunday afternoon and it certainly isn’t the novel you’ll feel content with after you’ve finished. This is the novel that will consume your thoughts while you are reading it and long after you’ve finished it.
You’re still reading this review? You should be on your way to the bookstore or typing in your favorite online book site by now, because every page of this beautifully crafted series is worth every penny, every tear and every smile. Be prepared to visit a place in history when tough and courageous men are brought to their knees by the women who loved them. Be prepared to never leave this wonderful universe Warner has created, because just like the Wilkins family, you will open the first page as this family would open it’s arms and it’s doors and welcome you. In this world you are family…in here, you are home.