Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sequins and Spurs (Harlequin Historical) by Cheryl St.John

After leaving home eight years ago to follow adventure and be a singer, Ruby Dearing is done with that life and returns home to her family farm. Only things are different when she arrives and Ruby is confused. When she is surprised by a stranger and promptly clobbers him over the head with a frying pan, then ties him to a chair, Ruby has no idea what she is in for.

Waking up with a splitting headache and being tied to a chair in his own home is not what Nash Sommerton was expecting. When he explains to his sister-in-law who he is, she is in denial at first. Finding out her sister and her baby, she never knew about and her mother have all passed away in the eight years she's been gone is a shock to Ruby's system. However, Ruby is determined to make a life for herself on family land, and Nash will have nothing to say about it.

Nash Sommerton has his own feelings about the woman who abandoned her family all those years ago, but slowly she is set out to prove all his preconceptions about Ruby are wrong. Ruby is no shrinking violet and when she sets out to do something, she throws herself into it like a pro. When Ruby discovers that Nash has children who reside with his parents while he takes care of the ranch, she sets out to prove she is worthy to care for her niece and nephew. For as much as he would like to shrug Ruby off, she is getting under his skin. Ruby's attraction to Nash is tempered by her believing she would be doing a disservice to her sisters' memory if she continues on the path in front of her, but sometimes things are set in motion for a reason.

SEQUINS AND SPURS is the first book I have read by author Cheryl St. John. This is a wonderful second chance at love tale that truly tugs at the heart. Nash is big and brooding, a hard worker who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. Ruby  is a force to be reckoned with. Considering her homecoming was nothing she expected, finding her family decimated and herself now alone, she doesn't let that rule. Ruby picks herself up and surprises all those around her. I really enjoyed this story and I think all who have a gander will as well. 


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