Tucked Away (Hearts of Montana) by Jennie Marts
Overview by Amazon:
Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places…
Charlie Ryan’s cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She’s hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she’s inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs – and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.
Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn’t need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma’s ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can’t he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots…and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?
Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk…one night will change everything.
I was invited to read this book by the publisher. I have a lot of books that I need to read right now, but I couldn’t say no and I’m SO glad I didn’t!
This was a great story! The author really develops the characters. Her writing style is familiar, yet descriptive. She has created wonderful characters that seem to leap off the page with their actions and thoughts. While I don’t normally go for cowboy books, this one was perfect.
I think what made this so easy to enjoy was that Charlie is a city dweller who is experiencing cowboys for the first time. Her reflections and exclamations were ones that I had as well. Charlie has had a hard time when she arrives in Montana. Her perfect New York life has blown up in her face and she seizes the excuse to run away to her Grandmother’s farm.
Charlie never met her Grandmother (aka GiGi) and has never met her father. Her Grandmother spent years tracking her down but died right before they made contact. For someone who has abandonment issues, the beautiful farm is a connection that Charlie can’t give up.
Two relationships make this book stand out. Charlie meets young Sophie when she arrives. Sophie is an irrepressible teenager who is like Martha Stewart, Lizzie McGuire and a kitten all rolled into one. She seems so lonely and desperately wants to be friends with Charlie. I couldn’t help but laugh when she kept calling Charlie her ‘sister’. Without Sophie, Charlie would have been lost and lonely, but this incredibly competent teenager teaches Charlie a lot about life and Montana. The author used Sophie as a way to humanize Charlie and show the depth of her evolution.
The other relationship is with Zack, the town veterinary. When Charlie makes the comparisons in her head between her cheating fiancé in New York and the hunky cowboy who wants her, it seems like a no brainer! The author has created amazing sparks between these two. You feel their longing for each other, you can almost smell the soap in the bath and the unleashed passion between them. Both of them have scars from previous relationships and while they are hot for each other, their pasts need to be exorcised. Zack is like an amazing, sexy offering and yet the author makes you understand why Charlie has some doubts and worries without it seeming ridiculous. Their love story was so believable and very exciting.
There are a slew of secondary characters that add the twang and swagger of Montana. They all bring the story to life and add some great elements to the plot. I truly felt like I was living there with Charlie and interacting with these people. The animals in the story are wonderful and I wish I could have the experiences that Charlie was lucky enough to be part of.
It’s funny how expectations are meant to be broken. I had an expectation that this book would be the typical cowboy story, but it was anything but that! The transplant from the city who meets the family she never knew she had or needed was such an emotional story and well written too! Charlie’s story is more than just a love story. It is about finding a place where you belong and the courage to see things through. I can’t say enough positive things about how well written and developed this story is and I am so glad that I said yes to this book!