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2ND CHANCE RANCH
BY LYNDA REES
Captain Chance Gordon dedicates his life to service. The injured Navy Seal returns to his hometown where his future and life depend on the woman who owns his heart—the one he deserted.
Dory Farmer faces more rejection than most women could survive, but carves out a unique niche for herself and a great life for her family. The fate of the heroic Navy Seal who deserted her lies in Dory’s hands.
2nd Chance Ranch, a contemporary romance, was Lynda’s seventeenth publication launched on April 5, 2020.
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Sweetwater Townspeople line Main Street welcoming home one of their own wounded in battle. The mayor waves from the front passenger seat of his baby blue 1957 Chevy. The reigning hero sits on the rolled-down soft top, looking wan but elated.
Dory Farmer hadn’t expected her heart to race at the vision dressed in full regalia. A white, flat-top hat covered his still blonde, but short cropped hair. His face was thinner than she’d expected, but still ruggedly handsome.
His dress jacket lined with chrome buttons down the front was pulled tight with a white belt. A mass of ribbons was displayed on the left side of his chest. Red stripes ran down the outside of navy slacks draping awkwardly on abnormally thin legs.
Captain Chance Gibson had changed since he’d creeped out of town. Of course he had. The man had fought in a bloody war.
Dory was a different person, too. No longer the gullible, innocent who had fallen headlong for a high school basketball champ, she was a strong, capable, independent woman.
Life was good. She had everything she needed, though her friends constantly encouraged her to date and tried fixing her up. She had no need for a man and no room in her world for one. Life with her incredible son on the ranch she adored was a hearty meal. Men were simply desserts one indulged in occasionally—not to be taken seriously.
Did Chance notice her in the crowd? Their eyes never met, as he passed Dory and Lee watching from sidelines. Why should he recognize her?
Six years ago she’d been a fling—nothing more. Like all teenaged boys, his goal was to get into her pants. Once she gave it up, he’d gotten what he came for. She was nothing but a notch on his belt. He likely didn’t remember her name.
“Can I go to the party, Mom?” Lee hopped from her knee bouncing side-to-side.
Her gentle hand swiped the adorable blonde hair. “You know better, young man. You’re too young to parade around in a barroom.”
“Okay; Ty said his mom is making my favorite walnut cake to the party. Can you bring me a piece?” He twisted sideways with that sly snicker that made her heart melt. He looked so like his dad and had the same effect on her. She could refuse him nothing and didn’t whenever possible.
“You know it. Sage bakes the best pastries in town. I’ll bring two slices. We can eat them for breakfast tomorrow. Sound good?”
His face lit up. Those deep, chocolate brown eyes gleamed. A grin spanned width of his square jaw. “Wow; that sounds amazing, Mom. Cake for breakfast. Yum.” He rubbed his belly through his red-white-and blue tee shirt.
“Don’t get used to it. This is a special occasion.” She stood and folded their lawn chairs. Taking his hand, she led him to her pickup truck.
“Why not, Mom?”
“Cake isn’t a traditional breakfast.” She rustled his blonde hair playfully.
“It should be. Doesn’t it have milk and eggs in it?”
“You’ve got me there.” Logical and smart as a whip in a debate—like his father.
As she hoisted him into the passenger’s seat and watched him secure the seatbelt, he studied her with a tilted head. “Is it special because the soldier was hurt?”
“No; because he returned home alive. The Captain is brave and strong. He saved three soldiers’ lives.” She shut the door and placed the chairs in the truck bed, hoping he’d change the subject by the time she slowly rounded the vehicle and climbed in.
Lynda is an award-winning novelist and a free-spirited dreamer with workaholic tendencies and a passion for writing. She lives on a small horse farm in rural Kentucky with a supportive family, a wacky donkey who thinks he’s a horse, a small herd of horses and a cat who believes she’s a dog. Whatever crazy adventure Lynda congers up, her loving Mike is by her side.
A diverse background, visits to exotic locations, and curiosity about how history effects today’s world fuels her writing. Born in the splendor of the Appalachian Mountains as a coal miner’s daughter and part-Cherokee, she grew up in northern Kentucky when Newport prospered as a mecca for gambling and prostitution.
Published in romantic mystery, historical romance, children’s middle-grade, non-fiction, advertising copy and freelance, Lynda is an active member of several professional writing organizations and volunteer judge for writing events.
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