The Wrangler’s Ready Made Family is an adventurous, sweet, easy read. This was a pleasing western with heart. Lacy Williams spins a passionate, loving story with just a look of longing and tentative kisses.
Gil is a professional gambler with a tenuous future due to consumption. Susie is a widow with a little girl and a baby well on the way. She has been left destitute by her abusive, wastrel gambler of a husband. When trapped in a snowstorm with a baby coming, the couple who are strangers must forge a bond of trust.
Susie is a fragile, weary soul with a heart of gold. I could feel her fear and uncertainty concerning her burgeoning attraction towards Gil. I like how the author shows two different kinds of gamblers. Gil might gamble, but he has a good head on his shoulders and a giving heart. The yearning between the couple is heartfelt and palpable.
The plot was a straightforward, quick read. There was drama without the story becoming too angsty. I felt the birth scene was somewhat simplified and not realistic, but it wasn’t the center of the story, and the plot picked up. The attraction between the couple was fragile and slow-building; I felt it unfolded well. The Wrangler’s Ready Made Family is the fifteenth book in the Wind River Hearts series. However, it does work as a stand-alone novel. This book was a lovely, gentle read that I enjoyed immensely.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.