Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves.
Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife, Andie, so desperately needed.
Now retired, raising their son, Brodie, on his own, and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter, Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.
©2012 Charles Martin (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Everything that is good and right and the way it should be. This is a story written by a man that understands the mans code, metrosexuals might be confused by the ethic in this tome, or might be, probably be, enlightened by it. As men we often are told by women to "read this and you will understand me" we read it. Well as a man to a woman, I would say, "read this and you will understand me" and leave it at that. This is a well written story, by a man, that also is able to write about the feelings that make a man the way we often are, when a man is the right kind of stuff. The action is good, there is tension and suspense and there is a love story. A mans perspective kind of love story. I really liked this book, I did not know it would be what it was but am very glad I listened to it. A really good find one I would highly recommend.
I can't say enough about this story! Charles Martin has done it again!!!!! Another amazing story! I laughed, I cried, I felt like I was there..... I'll never look at a car on the side of the road w/out wondering "what is their story"? How could they change my life?
Charles Martin does his homework and can write a story as if he was living it personally. He knows all the history and background of his stories inside and out! A+++++ I can't wait for the next one!!!
Never read the printed version. It just couldn't be as good as the audio!
The lesson. We run out of hope at times. This book is a reminder of hope. Living is the hard part. Gather the courage to live and the hope of tomorrow. What a great writer! I need more of his books to read and remind me.
All of the characters were performed greatly. The mix of Daniel May and Luci Christian Bell made the story. I so enjoyed hearing Hope as a little girl then as an adult. But, it took both Mr. May and Ms. Bell to put the story on line. Greatly done.
Definitely, I did listen almost in one sitting. Even fell asleep listening.
This is a book I really needed to listen to and plan to listen to more of Charles Martin.
This is the classic struggle between good and evil and includes a John Wayne type character who, I believe, still exists in some places.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I WAS a fan of Charles Martin but this book was a big disappointment. He has sacrificed his usual good writing with a lot of crude dialogue about body functions and salacious situations with Tyler, the Texas Ranger and "Sam" the woman he rescues. Too much detail about learning to shoot and "manhood" I guess this is a guys book.
I absolutely HATED the little girls "letters to God" her voice was cloying and the content stupid and unbelievable for a 10 year old who had gone through trauma.
The male narrator was the only good part of the book. Skip this one!
Needs a more challenging story line. It reads like a super hero comic book.
Challenge the reader. If the primary character is a man of few words, try to explain his character with fewer words. This is the most talkative man of few words, I have ever heard.
He didn't speak Texan. The reader needs to do some work on dialect and pronunciation.
If you like a simple love story for those that want everything to work out for everyone, this is it.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
If you like John Wayne movies, you will love this story. It has a wonderful unique character who tells much of the story from her point of view and in her vernacular. It's a refreshing change when the story telling is handed off to her, and she proceeds to speak to you as she writes in her diary. These folks face more than their fair share of challenges, and how they deal with these provides you the reader with a pretty clear view of their differences in values and character. One of the more likable listening choices I've made, and I trust you will agree. Cheers, Ken
Classic Charles Martin, always a good story line.
Did a good job
Like the title
Worth the listen.
The performers were excellent in making clear which character was speaking. The emotions were evident and carried you with them.
When cowboy asked Andy to come home.
Hope, because she is aptly named.
Just like all of Charles Martin's books, you walk away feeling better about the world and God's grace. You are also well entertained during the process. I have only listened to his books but I just love them. Can't wait for the next one.
I would listen to this book again. Being from Texas, I found the main character noble and true to many cowboys I have known.
The plot kept me going. There were parts that kept you on the edge of your seat. There were a few areas where I felt the story moved a little slow. These places didn't last long.
I really liked the narrating and going from Cowboy to the little girl, Hope.
Cowboy and Hope
A great feel good book. Easy listening.
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