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Uncaged Review – Escape from Ruby’s Ranch by Rhonda Frankhouser

Escape from Ruby’s Ranch
Rhonda Frankhouser
Contemporary Western/Ghosts

Katherine Adams dreams of getting far away from her overprotective mother and the quiet, subdued life on Ruby’s Ranch. She’s drawn to the excitement of the city, the idea of her paintings hanging in glamorous art galleries, wearing the finest fashions and eating in quaint sidewalk cafés. Every detail of her escape is lined out until a handsome horse whisperer gallops into her world. 

John Lattrell is a master at taming wild animals but he’s never seen a creature as stubborn and free-spirited as the beautiful, young Katherine. From the first moment, she drew him into her inquisitive soul, leaving it bare for all the pain that was destined to come. Will ghosts from his past ruin his chances at capturing her heart?

Katherine is torn between her dreams and her desires. John is tormented by the thought of losing her. What will become of their love when family secrets and betrayal come between them?

Uncaged Review: The last time we were at Ruby’s Ranch, was the first book in this series, and it was the story of Ruby Marie, inheriting the ranch from her grandmother Rube. But her mother had disappeared, and it had been years. This time the author takes us back in time to Ruby Marie’s mother, Katherine and her life at Ruby’s Ranch. We get a good look at how Rube ran the ranch with an iron fist, and even though most of the time I didn’t like her much, because in my opinion, she pushed her daughter away – even though she loves her more than life itself, she had a horrible way of showing it. You do eventually come to terms with Rube, and so does Katherine.

The mystery surrounding Katherine’s life and her disappearance is answered and it’s quite a ride. From her life on the ranch, the mysterious shaman and the circle with all the warnings, the bad dust storm that threatens the ranch, to the love that Katherine shared with John, the author does a brilliant job of wrapping up most of the questions in quite an entertaining way. When you get to the end, things will fall into place and I’m glad I read this book after I read the first one now. Even though this could be read as a standalone, to get the full effect of these two books and the intricate storylines, I’d recommend starting with Return to Ruby’s Ranch. Reviewed by Cyrene

5 Stars


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