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December 6, 2022

The Wedding Ranch by Nancy Naigle ~ a Review

by MK French

Lorri Walker moved to Dalton Mill after her husband left her and their brand new puppy. Now she has a graphic design business, so she doesn't have to think about her ex. Ryder Bolt lost his wife and child seven years ago, but is busy with his niece and nephew and their venue the Wedding Ranch. Lorri and Ryder meet but weren't expecting anything more than that. The burgeoning relationship might be broken apart by revelations from the past, however.

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book cover of women's fiction novel The Wedding Ranch by Nancy Naigle
December 2022; Griffin; 978-1250794130
audio, ebook, print (352 pages); women's fiction

This small-town romance is a second chance, a way to start over in life and love. Lorri moves on in a new town with her dog, and really enjoys small-town life: larger home, large yard, farmer's market, small shops, and getting to know the neighbors. She has her requisite meet cute with Ryder, and I was able to guess from the start what would likely be the issue tearing them apart. Lorri has a box of belongings from her late brother, who had addiction problems and she had distanced herself from. Ryder's wife and child were killed by a drunk driver. It was either that or Lorri's ex getting remarried at The Wedding Ranch, but there's more emotion in losses, especially since it was so hard for Ryder to open up even with family afterwards. 

Even getting that feeling early on, I still enjoyed seeing the friendship develop. There were ups and downs along the way, as there would be in any friendship, but they're both genuinely nice people who had a rough deal they were recovering from. Our happily ever after comes with a hefty side of forgiveness and acceptance of grief, giving them a second chance not only for romance, but life itself. 

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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