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Second Chance Story With Deep Male Friendships


The Prodigal’s Holiday Hope (Wyoming Ranchers #1) by Jill Kemerer


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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Romance, Christmas Romance, Christian Romance

Location: Wyoming

Romance: Very clean. Light kissing.

Faith: Message of relying on God to redeem a broken past.



Jill Kemerer delivers a delightful story about a young man’s second chance. When Sawyer Roth sold his family’s ranch and moved to New York City, he did not know he would return to Wyoming years later, humbled. His internal struggle revolved around how he thought others perceived him—a reckless fool. Yet his hard life in New York refined him into a wonderful, caring, and thrifty man.


When he meets the rancher’s daughter, single-mom Tess, he vows to help her and her father, even though he fears they will use him. Tess has her own hang-ups and learns to overcome them.


I loved the way Kemerer allowed both Sawyer and Tess to overcome their pasts in a lifelike way. I enjoyed Tess’s son and appreciated that she did not have a perfect relationship with her tough father.


Kemerer writes believable characters that learn to apply their faith to their lives engagingly. She reveals tidbits about past relationships at just the right time to propel the story forward at a pleasing pace. I really enjoyed how the romance grew between Sawyer and Tess.


I would strongly recommend this book to fans of inspirational romance, contemporary romance, clean romance, and Christian romance.


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