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Homecoming Ranch: Pine River Trilogy, Book 1 | [Julia London]

Homecoming Ranch: Pine River Trilogy, Book 1

A lonely childhood and an irresponsible mother has lead Madeline Pruett to create a predictable, solitary world for herself. But she is shocked from her cushy cocoon when a father she never knew dies and leaves her an inheritance and two unknown sisters. Madeline intends to fly to Colorado, meet these mysterious sisters, and quickly return to Orlando to close the biggest deal of her budding real estate career.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Julia London launches a triumphant, emotional, heartwarming story about finding love, family, and home.

A lonely childhood and an irresponsible mother has lead Madeline Pruett to create a predictable, solitary world for herself. But she is shocked from her cushy cocoon when a father she never knew dies and leaves her an inheritance and two unknown sisters. Madeline intends to fly to Colorado, meet these mysterious sisters, and quickly return to Orlando to close the biggest deal of her budding real estate career.

For years, Luke Kendrick has juggled school and career and rescuing his family from illness, death, and financial crisis, all without losing sight of his goals: building and selling his own dream homes. On the verge of realizing his dream, Luke is called home to Pine River to reclaim the ranch his father has inexplicably lost. Luke’s family knows he will put his life on hold to rescue them. . .again.

Luke is not prepared for an uptight yet sexy woman in impractical shoes who thinks his ranch now belongs to her. Madeline isn’t sure how to put order to a rundown ranch, a pair of sisters who do not cooperate, or a place where roads have names like Sometimes Pass and men as ruggedly handsome as Luke Kendrick behave unpredictably.

Sparks fly as Luke and Madeline clash over the future of the ranch. Madeline knows what she wants…until Luke teaches her a thing or two - about breaking down walls, finding home, and the true meaning of family.

©2013 Dinah Dinwiddie (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jennifer 07-31-14
    Jennifer 07-31-14 Member Since 2012

    sugarpucker

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    "Maybe it's just me...."

    I guess this is a cute story. Maybe I just can't read chick lit anymore. There are so many little annoyances and plot holes that I can't seem to ignore them. But they are all common to the genre. So, if you can ignore that stuff and focus on the love story, I guess it's ok.

    Here are a couple examples of the plot problems that were bothering me. Some people might think these are spoilers. I am going to describe some scenes in the book, but none of them are 'big reveal' type scenes.

    First: What is with Daddy issues? So, main character (Madeline) had an absentee father and it has, of course, tainted her whole life. Her mother was horrible. She lived through that, but, somehow, the Daddy thing is what caused the emotional damage. Really? I know a lot of people who didn't know their Dads. My dad was pretty sucky, but it hasn't tainted their whole lives or mine. It is unnecessary drama. If the author wants a messed up heroine, she should choose life experiences that coincide with the level of emotional damage. The mother thing would have been sufficient. I think her life with her mother was much worse than a absentee father. I mean, moving around, living in cars, no place to stay, revolving door boyfriends, alcoholic binges, ramen. The author should have explored these issues more. Living through a horrible life should cause more emotional damage than a father not showing up. For real.

    Next: The little brother character is approximately 27 I think. The main love interest (big brother) is around 30 and the little brother is 3 years younger. But he sounds like he is 16. It's really bad. Lots of 'dudes' and lots of juvenile inappropriate comments. It's really jarring.

    Third: The two main characters have sex. There are no promises, no attachments, they hardly know each other, and the man is all freaked out the morning after because she is emotionally unavailable. Are you kidding me? They had a one night stand and he got all emo. It was annoying. She doesn't owe him anything. If a female character was acting this way she would be 'clingy' and 'overly emotional'. Here it's presented as if he is reasonable and she has emotional issues. It really is annoying to me.

    Fourth: This one runs throughout the book. The ranch was inherited by 3 half sisters. Two of them don't want to keep it, one of them does. Madeline is one that wants to sell it. But the sister who wants it (Libby) says she is going to take care of the place and not sell, that she will do it by herself. At this point, Madeline should say 'ok, fine. buy me out'. But, no. She is trying to convince Libby that she can't handle the place alone. The other sister (Emma) basically says 'who cares, let Libby have it'. But no one is talking about actual legal issues. The are all part owners. Libby can't just have it. They all own it. Libby needs to buy them out or convince them to let her have it. Libby is the one who should be doing the convincing. If SHE can't convince THEM, then she would be forced to sell. This is what normally happens in real life. I don't understand. Again, the author is creating drama in an implausible way. If this was a small issue in the book I could ignore it. But every couple pages, it comes up . Madeline wants to return home and wants the matter of the ranch settled before she leaves. She says it over and over and over. And every time I want to shout 'Tell Libby to buy you out or you are taking her to court! There is no problem!'.

    Anyway, those are a few of the problems. They are mostly characteristic of the genre. So, it's an ok book. Cliché but cute.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy JEFFERSON, WI, United States 07-18-14
    Nancy JEFFERSON, WI, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Former Waitress, Chargeback clerk, Clown, Florist owner, Clergy. Love series, humor, twists, history, mysteries, not into witches/bondage.

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    "A little short on plot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main character, should be a whole lot smarter about real estate and business dealings. I liked the characters, but they seemed a bit too one dimensional.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Julia London? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but with a different narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

    I do not know who to cast, but I found the voices for the men sound like shehe's . I really do not believe that she had enough voices to do the book right. I wonder why more books do not have a male and female readers.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More depth. More plot, More use of the mountains, l


    Any additional comments?

    Good for putting you to sleep!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hutson 09-14-14
    Lisa Hutson 09-14-14 Member Since 2010

    I love using the audio version of books. I generally have one book and one audio going.

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    "I will not finish this one."
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was all right. But since it was impossible to finish in this format, I don't know how to rate it.
    I bought the kindle/audio combo. So I might try the kindle. But the male voices in the narration was sooo bad. I am not sure I will be able to.
    Its a shame since I have been a long time fan of Ms London.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice is very good. But her male voices are horrible. Absolutely terrible. I cannot believe a professional company would think that was acceptable.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not finish this one. It was that bad.
    Perhaps just reading. It might be a good story. Two hours was all I could stomach of the audio version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 11-22-13
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 11-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I'm ready for the next book"

    This was good. I prefer books with substance but with a little romance. This one fit the bill. The characters were good. Tanya Eby was good. You couldn't help but be proud of Luke's younger brother. I'm checking out Julia London's website to see when the next episode is coming out--can't wait. This is why I prefer to not read any of the books until they are all written, published, on the book shelf or on Audible

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 10-22-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable, lovely, sweet story!"
    Where does Homecoming Ranch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say it ranks pretty high on my scale.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! In fact, I stayed up super late because I just kept on listening and then had a heck of a time staying awake at work.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the sequel!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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