Title: Healing Hearts
Author: C.B. Clark
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Western
Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars
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About the Book
Cattle rancher, Dawson Wheeler, has worked hard to overcome grief and build a predictable world for his young daughter. The last thing he needs is the all-too-attractive Stella disrupting the smooth running of his ranch, especially now that disturbing incidents are happening on his property.
Defending his land against those who want to gut it will be a challenge, but the biggest threat of all may be to his heart.
Set in a beautiful backdrop, Healing Hearts by C.B. Clark depicts the struggles of a couple damaged by life and love. Rancher Dawson Wheeler is an emotionally broken single dad hiding in his work and booze to chase away the memory of his long-dead wife. Dawson's character is well thought out, and the reader can clearly get a feel for this character's raw emotions. This character has that hurt and unapproachable thing in spades. Dawson's counterpart, lawyer, turned nanny, Stella King, is also lugging some hefty issues of loss and betrayal.
Though this is a story about healing old hurts and finding new routes to love and to trust again, the author adds in a bit of suspense to keep readers interested. The suspenseful moments are enough to break up the bouts of self-blame that both leads languish in and the moments where these characters fight their mutual attraction. The secondary characters round out this tale, and this is especially true for Dawson's daughter. This little dynamo lights up the pages and serves as the perfect catalyst for bringing Dawson and Stella together. Though this a good, easy, and quick read, the ending was a bit rushed. There was definitely more story to tell, but this is a thoroughly satisfying read.
Thank you to the author and the Wild Rose Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Secret Betrayal is award-winning author, C.B. Clark’s fifth romantic suspense published by The Wild Rose Press. She has worked as an archaeologist and an educator, and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.