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Dogs, a snarky cowgirl, and a rundown ranch lead to life altering romance


The Rancher's Sanctuary (K-9 Companions Book 13) by Linda Goodnight



5 stars


Genre: Christian Romance, Inspirational Romance, Sweet Romance, Dog Lovers, Intrigue

Location: Persimmon Hill Ranch, Oklahoma

Romance: Very clean. Brief mention of kissing.

Faith: Strong example of faith in overcoming past trauma. Very inspiring and uplifting story with overtly Biblically based faith.


Linda Goodnight delivers a heart-warming page-turning story about overcoming a traumatic past. Both Nathan and Monroe suffered past trauma that shaped who they were. Each character must learn to apply their faith in a loving God to help them. Nathan’s faith is stronger and inspires Monroe to be more like him.


I loved the way Goodnight introduced a physical deformity and mirrored it to the scars Monroe’s rescued dogs had. My favorite part of the entire book was in Goodnight’s comparison of Jesus’s scars with those faced by the characters in the book. Very healing, truthful words.


The quirky, reclusive cowgirl, Monroe must learn to see herself for who she is and to stop seeing herself through the aftermath of her accident. She is a woman with a beautiful heart and soul, a softie for dogs, and even one broken-hearted rhinestone cowboy.


Goodnight made me fall in love with both Monroe and Nathan. I rooted with them for each other as they faced many challenges in life and love. The ending was extremely satisfying. I love a good story where characters realize what they thought they wanted wasn’t even what they really wanted after all.


I would strongly recommend this book for fans of Christian romance in a western setting with a powerful message of faith. It has dogs, horses, and a touch of intrigue to go along with the romance. Well worth the read.


Disclaimer: I requested and received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin Publishers through NetGalley. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

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