The Rancher's Secret Wife ~~ Brenda Minton

The Rancher's Secret Wife by Brenda Minton
After knowing the woman for all of three hours, soldier Reese Cooper married waitress Cheyenne Jones. She was pregnant and scared, alone in Las Vegas -- and he was about to ship out on a dangerous tour of duty. But months later, Reese comes home to Dawson, Oklahoma, no longer the strong cowboy who vowed to help Cheyenne. Shrapnel and a guarded heart changed everything. But with a wife and baby counting on him, Reese is about to learn what real courage is all about.
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Cooper Creek
Book 4

Well...First of all, this book brought tears to my eyes at some points - especially the helicopter scene...That was probably my favorite part of the book. I also loved Reese's character. Not only did I like what he did for Chyenne, but I loved how the author wrote his character dealing with blindness. So many times, the disabled character is bitter and angry at God. But Reese's character experienced a lot of emotions, yet he was so powerfully strong! The author did a wonderful job bringing out the emotions of what a blind person would go through. I'm a pretty independent person and can only imagine what having to depend on other people feels like. He made so many pointed comments. "I can't even drive my own wife to the doctor!" and "It's dark and I have to hear what's going on." There was a lot of gut-wrenching dialogue and though processes on Reese's part for sure! I also loved Reese's family and how they took care of him, but tried not to baby him. There weren't perfect, but they did the best they could. I loved his parents and his father's reaction to his announcement. I loved his grandmother's response to the marriage.

I would have given this book five stars, but...

I could not STAND Cheyenne and her whinny pity party! She constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY complained about a comment her parents made when her sister was born and explained how she knew she wasn't loved. She CONSTANTLY told Reese she didn't need him - she could do it by herself and she didn't want him to have regrets for taking in a "stray." Even on the very last page of the very last chapter she was still making these comments! I wanted to smack her so bad - especially since she kept kissing him and then let him help her at times. I'm sorry, but this Reese should have said, "Okay. Try it without me." Then turned and walked away. SHE came to Dawson, and no matter what the author tried to do to save face for her, I didn't buy it. She's not the only one who ever fell for the wrong man and ended up a single parents. Why should I feel so sorry for her???

Anyways, the story was excellent, and I'm glad that everything worked out for everyone. Making me cry in a story is not easily done, so when the author is able to do it, I consider it a success and usually give five stars - but not this time! I should probably only give it three, but I just loved, loved, loved Reece's story of his blindness very much!
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