I can feel the tenderness and heartache in this story as if it is real. The anguish and compassion and love vibrate off the pages. RaeAnne Thayne gives us a story of love and honor, and no matter how hard you try for the greater good of others, you can still do everything wrong. Even in the name of love.
After Easton Springhill was orphaned she came to live with her aunt and uncle. Easton has always loved Cisco del Norte and has lost him over and over again. She has even lost his child. In an attempt to move on with her life, she starts dating a local police officer. Now Cisco shows up in her kitchen, exhausted and with a baby! He is secretive about his life and whereabouts, only coming home in emergencies. Although she can see through his façade of a wanderlust drifter, she wishes he just cares enough to be honest with her.
Coming to the Winder Ranch after his parents’ deaths, Cisco del Norte has became part of a family with two foster brothers. After serving in the Marines, he’s moved on to another government position, one he is not at liberty to divulge to his family and friends. Having them think he is a drunken drifter weighs heavily on his conscience. He has to return home to deliver his deceased partner’s baby to her relatives, and having to wait on the baby’s aunt a few days, he instead brings her to the ranch so he can recuperate from a wound.
I enjoyed all aspects of this heartwarming story. It breaks my heart when the baby is left with her aunt. Everyone is so busy trying to protect their hearts they wind up devastated. I really like the surprise ending. I am going to have to explore the Cold Creek tales,since looks like I started with the latest one in the series.
She’d often dreamed about him coming back, with a baby in his arms. And now, Cisco del Norte was home. But the baby he carried couldn’t possibly be theirs.
Still, Easton Springhill got part of her wish. The man she could never stop loving was back, even for just a little while—with a serious injury, a beautiful baby girl and an explanation about them both that was as flimsy as his excuse for leaving years before. And after five long years of trying to forget him, Easton was faced with a choice: love him—and that little girl—while she had them, or save herself and get away while the getting was good.
Because there was no way she’d be able to escape with her heart a second time…
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