Love Without End || A King's Meadow Romance (Thomas Nelson, November 2014)
Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?
Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.
Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.
When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end.
I've reached an age where I really enjoy reading love stories that feature people who are older and have a bit more life under their belts. Love Without End perfectly fits the bill. It's a wonderful "second chance at love" story that grabs the reader from the opening pages and doesn't let go until the end.
Chet, who I loved in A Promise Kept, is a strong and compelling hero, and while Kimberly's constant second-guessing of their relationship gets a bit tiresome, it is understandable. Their romance is sweet, and I pulled for them throughout the novel.
The novel's surprise, though, is Anna McKenna's story, which is told in bits and pieces between chapters. Anna is basically a grandmother to Chet's boys, and the novel is made so much richer by including her backstory. This is a tactic Hatcher employed in A Promise Kept, as well, and it works equally well here.
Love Without End is not technically a sequel to A Promise Kept, and readers who did not read the latter will have no trouble jumping right into Love Without End. Those who did read A Promise Kept will appreciate the continuation of Chet's story and the return to King's Meadow. 4-1/2 stars.
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