Blurb: Can an ailing man’s ultimatum be Jackson and Maya’s greatest blessing?
Amateur photographer Maya Vance needed a do over after catching her husband of eight months cheating with her best friend. Her favorite aunt Patty provides just the escape. She’s recently opened a sixty-five acre bed and breakfast in her small town called the Palace in Peach Valley and asks Maya to take pictures for her marketing brochures.
Permanently unattached Jackson Bale was supposed to take over his family’s ranch, but his ailing father won’t hand over the reins until he proves he’s ready to settle down. His father has given him sixty days to find a woman and marry her or he’ll sell the ranch to some corporate big wigs that have been after the land for years.
Within hours of his father’s ultimatum, the whole town knows. Women he hasn’t heard from since high school start coming out of the woodwork, flaunting their feminine wiles in the hope of catching Peach Valley’s most eligible cowboy.
It isn’t until he meets the vibrant Maya Vance that he thinks marriage might be a possibility. But she’s heard of the ultimatum too and wants no part of it. Jackson isn’t to be deterred. Despite his father’s wishes and the land, he knows he’s met the love of his life and will do whatever it takes to win her over.
This had tones of a christian romance but I don’t know that I would categorize it as one. The romance itself was slow and I didn’t really feel the chemistry between them in all honesty. The story itself was cute, simple and a quick read.
I admired Jackson’s family loyalty and his openness to helping others. He took his position as eldest very seriously and it showed in the book. But I think in this story, Maya was the one who shined for me. I don’t know why because Jackson had so many painful obstacles to navigate but I just didn’t connect with his character like I usually do. Maya came across as more relatable to me I guess so I connected with her more and felt more for her.
I felt the parental ultimatum was unnecessary and quite frankly a terrible burden to put on your eldest sons shoulders. Especially with the heartbreak Jackson already had to endure in his love life. Actually, I take that back. I think his parents were just just plain terrible. They tried to control a situation that is uncontrollable and attempted to use emotional blackmail and threats to get their way. What a terrible example of a loving family IMO. If I was in the position his father was in I would NEVER do to my kid what he did.
While I enjoyed this story, I doubt I will be reading anymore in this series.