Rancher's RemorseTitle:  Rancher’s Remorse
Series:  Culpepper Cowboys
Author:  Merry Farmer
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Cowboy Romance
Published:  March 23, 2016
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Borrowed with Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Faith Quinlan agreed to marry Cooper Culpepper as part of the deal she and her sisters signed to help the Culpepper boys fulfill the terms of their Granddaddy’s will so they could keep the family ranch. But what Cooper doesn’t know might hurt him. Faith is more than willing to help Cooper out—as he discovers, to his delight, on their wedding night—the trouble is, she thinks she’s not able.

But Faith has more than one secret. Her quaint doll-making hobby is more than just a little fun, her dolls have become a nationwide phenomenon. When a reporter shows up to do a story about Faith, Cooper gets all the wrong ideas…and those wrong ideas could spell disaster for their brand-new marriage. Can Faith face her fears and tell Cooper the truth…before Cooper carts her off to the loony bin or jail?

Read on for my thoughts on Rancher’s Remorse.

Faith has an amazing talent – she sculpts life-like baby faces and limbs bringing her creations to life through the tiny details that convey the preciousness of a new born baby.  Faith has had to hide both her talent and her business from her ultra conservative parents who believe a woman’s place is only at her husband’s side.  In addition, her mother has undermined her daughter in an effort to get her to give up the sculpting that Faith loves to do.  There is no excuse for what her mother did, and Faith will pay for believing her in the most devastating way.

Cooper is definitely looking forward to marrying Faith – she is perfect for him, and he’d marry her even if he didn’t need to in order to save their ranch.  Cooper is addicted to a tight schedule, in fact he gets quite upset when he is even a few minutes off of his set schedule.  When Faith tries to explain to him her doll making hobby Cooper doesn’t really get what she’s talking about, in his mind she makes cute little Raggedy Ann dolls.  No, not exactly.

Faith has been trained (brainwashed really) by her parents to feel she has no worth, and that her doll making is stupid and beneath her.  Her talent is beyond words, yet only her sisters really get just how amazing a sculptor she is.  Faith has learned to hide what she creates, as well as just how popular, famous and well off she actually is from her baby line.  So she has not enlightened Cooper on her true business nor abilities to help keep the ranch in the brothers hands.

You know what is said about “assume” – yeah, well Cooper overheard a phone conversation Faith was having with a client about a specialty doll that the woman wanted made for her daughter who had lost a child.  Somehow Cooper put all that together as a baby selling ring.  Huh?  Really?  And we will see first hand the results of a couple who holds back information out of fear and true lack of communication.  I want to call it a comedy of errors – but really, it’s more like a tragedy of not talking truthfully to each other.

Add into the mix another secret that Faith is keeping, even from her sisters and you have an emotionally powerful story.

There are families like Faith’s.  We don’t see them in mainstream life often, but look at reality TV and I can come up with a couple for you to think about before you judge these sisters too harshly.  While there were moments when I wanted to shake both of them, I actually felt for Faith.  She is a product of her upbringing and what child thinks their parent would ever lie to them about something so important.  Cooper latched onto an assumption and ran with it, even when it made no sense even to him.  Honestly, my sympathy was more with Faith – at least she had a reason for why she acted as she did.

I did enjoy Rancher’s Remorse and it filled in some of the siblings’ stories nicely.  I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

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