Saturday, January 31, 2015

“Roping the Wrangler” by Lacy Williams

About the Book
roping the wrangler
Teacher Seeks a Husband

Schoolmarm Sarah Hansen longs for a family of her own. But horse trainer Oscar White is the last man she'd consider. Still, she can't help noticing the care he shows three motherless girls and the gentle way he helps Sarah overcome her fear of horses.

Too bossy by half--that's the Sarah that Oscar remembers from their teenage years. Yet as a former orphan, he finds the little Caldwell sisters--and their pretty teacher--getting under his skin. Could the tender heart Sarah's always hidden tame a once-reckless wrangler?

This book was released in August 2013
This is a well loved library book that was used for the review

My Review

"Roping the Wrangler" by Lacy Williams is a wonderful book that comes from another Ms. Williams book called "The Homesteader's Sweetheart" which was the start of her 'Wyoming Legacy'. I have admit I fell in love with the White family there and thrilled we will get to see the children's stories now. This is the second time I have read the book, and though this is part of a series it is a perfect stand for everything that is needed to know from the previous book is in this book.

This is about the eldest White brother, Oscar, who has a very special gift which is what brought him to Lost Hollow. He never expected to find Miss Sarah Hansen to be there or that he would still have fun teasing her as he did as teenagers. But things change as three little girls who remind him too much of the past, get too far under his skin.

Sarah Hansen is the school teacher in Lost Hollow who cares for each and every student in her care, regardless what others think. She has a soft heart coated in a case of steel. She thought she knew what she wanted for her life, but things change, so she has to choose between what she wants and her plans.

Both Sarah and Oscar have a past and a past that interconnects from childhood, and it is interesting to watch these two people who knew each other before interact with each other now. I have always enjoyed when childhood/teenage acquaintances get to know each other as adults for there is always a discovery which surprises one or both of them, whether it is a good or bad surprise. This was the enjoyable aspect of the story for things came out about both of them as they learned more about themselves and each other.

As for the antagonist of the story, about all I can say is WOW sure didn't see the ending for that character, that is for sure. I knew that the antagonist was a real jerk but also didn't think that they were that completely heartless, nor did I see the reason behind it coming. Oh yes this was a great twist to the story that really had made me sit back and catch my breath for a moment. It makes everything make sense though, but made me sad. It made me sad because of the scene that big reveal, and though I would love to explain everything, I won't because it will ruin things.

One of the things that I found to be a big theme for this story is the fact that we need to always be open and honest with each other. How much hurt and disappointment could have been avoided if only there was honest communication with those we care about. There are things of course that prevent that open communication but this is a good example how we need to get beyond that and take that risk.

I loved seeing how the White family was doing as well in this book along with an update of all the new additions to the family. I look forward to Maxwell's story next.

 Other "Wyoming Legacy" Books

The Homesteader's Sweetheart
Roping the Wrangler
Return of the Cowboy Doctor
The Wrangler's Inconvenient Wife
A Cowboy for Christmas