The Rodeo Man’s Daughter
#2 in the Flagman’s Folly Series
Author: Barbara White Daille
Genre: Category Romance
Format: ARC received from author
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1. A Rancher’s Pride
Synopsis: When Caleb Cantrell left home as a dirt-poor teenager, he never thought he’d return as a wealthy rodeo star.
As a matter of fact, he didn’t think he’d return at all. The accident changed all that. It ended his career, nearly ended his life and rekindled a bitterness he thought he’d left in the dust long ago.
To rebuild, Caleb has to go back to where it all began—back to Flagman’s Folly, New Mexico, and back to his high-school sweetheart, Tess LaSalle. But a ten-year-old secret stands between them, one that could hurt everyone Tess loves, especially her daughter…their daughter…the one Caleb never knew existed.
No rodeo ever required the courage Caleb needs now—to forgive, to forget and to start over again…if it’s not already too late. via GoodReads
Why I Picked It Up: I enjoyed my first trip to Flagman’s Folly with Sam and Kayla. Even though category romance isn’t one of my favorite genres, I was kind of excited to get back to Flagman’s Folly.
What I Loved: Have I mentioned I’m a sucker for a small town setting? Flagman’s Folly reminds me greatly of my little hometown. A small place where the residents are happy but aren’t filthy rich or famous…well except one soon-to-be resident. Caleb will never forgive or forget the small town that constantly made him insecure. He was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Tess is a single mom trying to do right for her child. She’s stubborn yet caring. Nate is a feisty thing and I enjoyed her parts in the story. Overall, most everything was enjoyable. The main characters, the secondary characters, and the setting were all worth the read.
What I Could Have Lived Without: Caleb has held a grudge for ten years. Ten. Years. Personally, I do not have the kind of stamina that allows me to hold negative feelings for that long. It’s just too exhausting. While it didn’t work for me, it will add an extra level for reader’s who enjoy this kind of angst.
Recommended For: Readers who enjoy a quick read focused on small town family values and reconciliation stories.
Avoid If: You have a hard time with heroes who carry chips on their shoulders.
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