MICHELLE BEATTIE


Award-winning author of historical and contemporary romance

 

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From the ship to the ranch.  After years of writing pirate novels I am thrilled to finally have the chance to go back to my first love, historical westerns.  There is something about the grit and honor of a cowboy, isn’t there?  The way he cherishes his woman?  It’s what appeals to me.  The hard work, ethic and determination to forge out a life in a difficult time while remaining strong, forthright and humble.  I love the chivalry and the simplicity.  No, life in the 1800’s was anything but easy, but it was a simpler time.  And sometimes with all the demands of today, with the ever-changing technology, the rush of our lives, the seemingly endless running we do, I love the chance to slow down and lose myself in this time, in the stories of love that may be hard earned, but a love never taken for granted.  So, allow me to put down the swords and roll away the cannons and join me, won’t you, as we travel to Marietta , Montana and a whole new cast of characters that I hope will steal your heart as they’ve stolen mine.


For those of you who’ve followed my career (thank you!) I just want to mention that this book was originally self-published in 2011 under the title Another Chance.  I’ve tweaked it somewhat, changed the name and location of the town, but the story itself remains the same.


For those new to me, or to my westerns, here’s a glimpse of Wade and Jillian’s story and what you can expect in A Rancher’s Surrender.


Being a veterinarian in the late 1800’s is difficult enough, but for Jillian Matthews it’s impossible.  Not allowed in vet schools, she trained at her father’s side until she had the skills needed to move west.  Jillian accepts an advertisement for a position in Montana, using only her initials which happen to be same as her father’s.  Convinced that in the untamed west, her skills will be valued and appreciated, regardless of her gender, she’s quickly proved wrong.


Wade Parker is sure the pretty redhead claiming to be the vet he sent for is one of his ranch hands’ practical jokes but the fiery woman very quickly puts him in his place.  His impression, however, turns south when the animal she operated on later dies.  With a ranch on the verge of bankruptcy, losing an animal was the last thing he could afford and he can’t help thinking the old vet, the male doctor, wouldn’t have let his animal die.


With Wade’s initial reaction guiding them, the town is quick to want Jillian out.   But the more Wade gets to know Jillian, the more he sees her grit and compassion, the harder he falls for her.  When Wade realizes he was too hasty in his judgment and urges the town to give Jillian another chance, he makes more than a few enemies.  Enemies that would do almost anything to get her out, and to make sure Wade doesn’t take her side again.


Soon threats turn to violence and both Wade and Jillian must make a stand.  The problem is, at what cost?

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