A Rancher for Rosie (The Duggans of Montana #2)
by Molly Ann Wishlade
There’s only one rancher for Rosie Duggan, but the course of true love never did run smooth.
It is springtime, 1871, and Rosie Duggan is in love with Joshua Hampton, a handsome rancher’s son. Joshua is seven years her junior, but they have fallen hard and hope to marry.
Joshua’s parents have other ideas. Firstly, they believe that Rosie is too old for their son. Secondly, they do not want Joshua marrying into the Duggan family. They believe that the Duggans are tainted by their association with Catherine Montgomery and her mysterious past.
Rosie only wants the best for everyone she loves, so she makes several difficult decisions, preparing to sacrifice her own happiness to protect those around her.
But sometimes the people we love are prepared to make sacrifices, too, so Rosie could well find the happiness she craves with her gorgeous rancher.
This had been a pretty interesting read. A story about two lovers from opposite sides of society – Rosie Duggan was associated with Catherine, her brother’s wife and a considered harlot. That itself tainted her reputation and was one of the reasons why her boyfriend Joshua’s father didn’t like her for his son. And there was the issue about her age, she was quite older than Joshua. The folks believed that when a woman reached the middle age of thirty, she wouldn’t ever conceive a child, thus dashing off hopes for a possible heir.
Rosie Duggan didn’t want to burden and defame Joshua’s reputation, so she had to do something drastic, so the rancher wouldn’t pursue her anymore. But the result of her plan backfired and soon she found herself getting drowned in pity and loneliness.
I enjoyed Molly Ann Wishlade’s second story about the Duggans. This isn’t a contemporary romance, but rather a sweet old western love story. Of course, the book also had its really intimate and carnal scenes, making the reader appreciate how intimate encounters were like in the western days. I would love to continue reading the series, especially since I found Matthew’s latest conquest proved to be quite tasty! Yay!
Molly Ann Wishlade has always been an avid reader and writer of stories. Her lifetime of reading has taken her from the magical worlds of The Faraway Tree and The Borrowers, to the Greek myths and legends, to Sweet Valley High and Judy Blume’s Forever, to Asimov’s science fiction, Jane Eyre’s torment and Stephen King’s masterpieces.
More recently she has wandered through the vivid historicals of Philippa Gregory; the bubbly, gritty delights of Adele Parks and the fast paced thrillers of James Patterson. She loves getting lost in a novel and often regrets finishing one as the characters are usually missed like old friends. She regularly indulges her insatiable hunger for romance and passion in the delicious worlds created by romantic novelists and is working on several novels herself.
What precious spare time she has is spent with her family (one gorgeous husband and two bright and beautiful children), taking long walks around the beautiful Welsh countryside (although she’s still waiting for the rescue greyhound she wants to accompany her), cooking her own secret recipe curries, drinking Earl Grey (in copious amounts) and discovering delicious wines. Oh, and she also loves to ski.
She wants to take readers on the rollercoaster that is life through the creation of her own characters, relationships and worlds.
She appreciates feedback, recipes and wine recommendations.