Staten Kirkland is no stranger to grief. After the loss of his wife and son, it seems he doesn’t have much left to live for. For the most part, he’s able to bury his pain in the work on his cattle ranch, but on dark stormy nights, Staten seeks comfort in the arms of the only woman who could ever understand, the shy and troubled Quinn O’Grady.
Lucas Reyes is a young but ambitious hand on the Kirkland ranch. While the other boys in high school fight for the limelight, Lucas prefers to keep his head down and stay focused on his plans for the future. Preparing for an early start at college, everything seems to be going according to plan- that is, until he falls for the local sheriffs daughter after one fateful night that will forever change the course of their young lives.
Fresh out of prison, Yancy Grey is looking for a new start, and he figures Crossroads, TX is as good a place for that as any. After happening upon a quirky group of seniors in a retirement community, Yancy’s first thought is to take advantage of their good nature until he can get on his feet. But the more time he spends with the colorful bunch, the more he begins to think of them as family, and when old enemies from his past come to town, he knows he needs to do everything he can to protect them. But at what cost?
For those of us who were sorry to say goodbye to the people of Harmony, Ransom Canyon begins a wonderful new series by renowned author Jodi Thomas. Written in her trademark style, Thomas seamlessly blends each character’s backstory together into an increasingly suspenseful plot that makes her books so utterly un-put-downable! This book provides readers a heart-pounding, page-turning ride through the rugged beauty of rural Texas, full of colorful characters that step right out of the pages and invite you into their world of Ransom Canyon. Highly recommended!
Rating: 4 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author
A fifth generation Texan, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state.
With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence.
“My door is usually open to students all morning,” explains Thomas, who talks to the classes at the University and on other campuses during her many speaking engagements when not writing in her spacious office in WTAMU’s Cornette Library. “They come by to visit and ask questions about being a writer. When I was a child, being a writer wasn’t an option. All the people I knew had regular jobs. I’m hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This is particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut in the public schools.”
Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher, or nurse, or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”
While the author toured the country speaking to Desk and Derrick clubs about her 2003 novel, THE WIDOWS OF WICHITA COUNTY, the members of various chapters formed a Jodi Thomas Fan Club. The group enthusiastically promotes her novels and public appearances and even volunteers to provide drivers for her out-of-town engagements.
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and “checking up” on their two grown sons.
You can learn more about Jodi and her books by visiting www.jodithomas.com