Monday, March 4, 2019

Review ~ THE RANCHER TAKES A FAMILY by Paula Altenburg


The Rancher Takes a Family (Montana McGregor Brothers, #1)
by: Paula Altenburg
Series: The Montana McGregor Brothers
Genre: Western Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 11, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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Rugged rancher Jake McGregor wrangles cattle better than kids, but when he's suddenly saddled with three grieving children, he's determined to step up. His sister's kids shouldn't pay for her error in judgment in naming him guardian. Problem is, he doesn't have a clue what he's doing. And the woman who attempts to help with his every fumble is the one woman he wants to steer clear of...

Lacey Anderson loves a challenge, but Jake's already broken her heart once. When his tall shadow darkens the doorway of her classroom, she's ready to shut him out - until she meets her new students, and sees the desperation in Jake's eyes. Emotional intelligence is so not his forte. But she's done banging her head against that wall.

Jake, however, is finally ready to learn how to love and Lacey’s the teacher he wants. Is she willing to risk her own heart again to teach him?



I cannot begin to express how much I loved Paula Altenburg’s The Rancher Takes a Family. This is truly a second chance romance full of heart.

Jake McGregor finds himself the guardian of his two nephews and niece; ten-year-old Mac, five-year-old Finn and infant Lydia, after his sister, brother-in-law, and parents are killed in a plane crash. To say everyone is grieving would be an understatement. For the kids, the situation is worse because they are moved away from everything they know in New York City to Grand, Montana. Jake isn’t sure why his sister Elizabeth selected him to be their guardian. It’s not like he has any experience with kids. But luckily for him, his two younger brothers Luke and Zack agree to move back to Montana to help out for awhile.

Lacey Anderson is an elementary school teacher. She’s also Jake’s ex-high school girlfriend and the woman who broke his heart. When Lacey sees Jake and the boys struggling across the playground, she can’t resist trying to help out. What starts out as a little help and encouragement blossoms into more when Jake and Lacey realize they still are attracted to and have feelings for each other.

Paula Altenburg has written amazing characters. Luke and Zack put their lives on hold to move back to Montana and help out. You get a glimpse into the men they are. You also get introduced to their future heroines. Mac and Finn will break your heart. You see them struggling with their new reality, but also see them adjust. I don't think Paula has ever written a New Adult book, but I have already begged her to write a story for Mac.

The Rancher Takes a Family was deeper than I expected. It’s filled with so much love for family. If this story doesn’t make you cry, it will definitely tug at your heartstrings. I'm looking forward to seeing what Paula has in store for the next Montana McGregor Brothers book.

**Received a copy of the book from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 4.5

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Paula Altenburg grew up in rural Nova Scotia knowing that at some point in her life she was likely to be a fiction writer. Swapping Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey books with her father guaranteed she wasn’t going to be the next Jane Austen, much to the dismay of her English teacher mother.

A degree in Social Anthropology from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, again meant writing was the logical (meaning only) career path for her, although it did confirm her belief that learning is a life-long experience. She’s taken business courses, writing courses, and physiology of aquatic animals courses, all at the university level and all for fun.

She has worked in the Aerospace industry, although now makes writing her full-time career. Happily married, with two terrific sons, she continues to live in rural Nova Scotia but makes a point of traveling as much as she can.

She reads in all genres, but fantasy and contemporary romance are her writing loves.

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