Monday, June 14, 2010

Romance Rides the Range by Colleen L. Reece

Heartsong Presents #904
ISBN 978-1-60260-895-5

Sarah doesn’t dare look back . . .

Sarah Anderson refuses to become a drudge for her stepfather and his unruly children after her mother dies in 1882. Neither will she become a pawn for his indebtedness to a riverboat gambler. Sarah escapes from her Missouri home and heads for California to find her brother Seth, trusting God to keep her safe on the perilous journey west.

Matt Sterling rescued Seth from danger and taught him to become a top hand on the Sterling ranch near Madera. Betrayed by one selfish girl, Matt has vowed the San Joaquin River will run dry before he ever gets involved with another woman. He’s better off fighting cattle rustlers, floods and drought to make his spread one of the finest in the valley.

Is love's long lasso strong enough to overcome obstacles and rope in the runaway girl and the once-bitten, twice-shy rancher?


“I'll bet he isn't like Gus,” she [Sarah] whispered. “Matthew Sterling looks kind and good. According to Seth, he's as strong and true as his name.”

She closed her eyes and imagined the stranger riding up to rescue her from the unspeakable future Gus and Tice planned. The next instant Sarah shook her head. “Appearances are just that—appearances. Seth might be mistaken about his friend. Even though Matthew means gift of the Lord, he might be no better than Gus or Tice.”

Sarah sighed. If all men were like those two, she would never marry. Better to live alone than to live married to someone she didn't love—or worse, who would never really love her the way God meant a husband to love his wife.

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper . . . This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17).

COLLEEN L. REECE was born and raised in a small western Washington logging town. She learned to read by kerosene lamplight and dreamed of someday writing a book. God has multiplied Colleen's “someday” book into more than 140 titles that have sold six million copies. Colleen was twice voted Heartsong Presents' Favorite Author and later inducted into Heartsong's Hall of Fame. Several of her books have appeared on the CBA Bestseller list.

Do you have a garden? What do you grow?


  1. I do grow a few herbs--rosemary, basil, mint, but that's it. Last year I had a tomato plant. My dream is to someday have more time and grow a few vegetables.

  2. Wonderful feature on Colleen.

    I have a garden full of words! I'm trying to grow novels.

  3. I have flowers in a small flower bed and hanging blooms to brighten my corner of the world.

  4. Like Merry, I have flowers in a small flower bed in front of my house, and my porch is laden with flowers in pots, boxes and hanging baskets.

    This spring we planted hostas along the foundation on the east side of our house, but the deer are treating it like a salad bar.

    This book sounds wonderful! I love frontier California stories!

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed ROMANCE RIDES THE RANGE and I'm looking forward to the other two books in the series. Good going, Colleen!

  6. AnonymousJune 15, 2010

    Marge says "The tomato and zucchini plants are in the ground and shivering while waiting for sunshine. ROMANCE RIDES THE RANGE is a nice mini-vacation from the chores. Another page-turner and most enjoyable. It's hard to wait for the next book. Thanks, Colleen, for the great read."

  7. This sounds like a great book.

    I don't have a garden. But I do have flower beds around the yard and flower pots where I don't have beds.

  8. i do not have a garden...

    a fabulous book :)

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