Title: Rania Ropes a Rancher
Author: Linda K. Hubalek
Publisher: Butterfield Books Inc
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Page Count: 158
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
A sweet historical romance set in 1873. Rania Hamner and her family emigrated from Sweden fourteen years ago to work on a Texas ranch, working cattle and herding them up the Chisholm Trail. Something in her life on the trail caused her to doubt her worth, and her ability to trust a man enough to become his wife. Once the family buys a homestead in Kansas, she meets a rancher who begins to make her believe she can trust and fall in love after all.
Rancher Jacob Wilerson noticed Rania last year when she rode drag behind a herd of longhorns—right down Main Street of Ellsworth, Kansas. He’s been waiting for her family to return this spring with another Texas herd to the booming cowtown, because he hopes to rope her into staying permanently on his ranch—the way she had already roped his heart.
When Rania’s past attacks with new danger, she decides to fight for all she’s worth because she realizes she wants to be with Jacob forever.
When Jacob realizes Rania is in danger, he rushes to save her, whether or not she still loves him, hoping to rope Rania—his heart—once more, as she has roped his.
Rania Ropes a Rancher by Linda K. Hubalek is the first book in the historical romance Brides with Grit series. Each book of this series has different characters which means they all could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.
Rania Hamner and her family immigrated from Sweden and have started a new life in the U.S. Rania and her family had been working in Texas herding cattle at a ranch when Rania was attacked by one of the other ranch hands leaving her in fear for herself and family. Leaving that life Rania and her family settle in Kansas where Rania meets Jacob Wilerson.
Now what I didn’t expect picking up a “clean romance” set in the late 1800s was finding that rape would be involved and that the angst and conflict of the story would become whether that victim was worth marrying. There was zero romance or chemistry really shown between the couple and it really was rather frustrating to have Jacob more upset over what happened that Rania who has to live through it. Needless to say this one just really didn’t work for me.
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About the author:
Linda Hubalek grew up on the Kansas prairie, always wanting to be a farmer like her parents and ancestors. After earning a college degree in Agriculture, marriage took Linda away from Kansas as her husband worked in engineering jobs in several states. Meanwhile, Linda wrote about pioneer women that homesteaded in Kansas between 1854 to the early 1900’s, especially her Swedish immigrant ancestors. Her book series are Butter in the Well, Trail of Thread, Planting Dreams, the Kansas Quilter and the Brides with Grit. Linda and her husband finally returned back to Kansas, where they raised American buffalo (bison) for a dozen years.