Coming Home to Maverick, a new Christian Western-inspired romance by Sophia Summers, is the first book in a new series about the Dawson brothers set in Willow Creek, Texas. Bailey left Maverick at the altar on their wedding day. For six years, nobody in town heard a word from her until she shows up with a little girl in tow. When Maverick hears where she’s been, can he trust her not to break his heart again?
My Review of Coming Home to Maverick
Coming Home to Maverick had great potential. The characters were awesome and the writing style was easy to read and made you want to move to Willow Creek to experience the sense of community that was so strong there. The people had good hearts and this was evident in the way they welcomed Bailey home with open arms.
Still, I understood why Bailey felt she had to leave–sometimes you have to walk away to fully appreciate what you left behind. It’s hard sometimes to settle into the life other people expect for you when you have big dreams that feel as if they are going to be stifled in that life. I understood the theme of unconditional forgiveness, but I just couldn’t buy how quickly she was back in everyone’s good graces.
It was like one day she was showed up with another man’s child and the next they were visiting old haunts and planning a future together. She kept her secrets hidden even though that was exactly what had eroded her relationship with Maverick the last time. Yet, she was jealous and possessive and expected him to kowtow to her as if she had never left him behind.
Another thing that bothered me about Bailey was her inconsistency. How was it that she waited for intimacy with the man she grew up with and had loved all her life, yet fell into bed with a man who promised her fame and fortune in seemingly no time at all? While many details weren’t provided about Bailey’s relationship with Daniel, its easy Math. She was gone six years and her daughter was five when she returned. Hmm, no wonder she felt like a prodigal.
I did enjoy the theme of God’s forgiveness that was woven throughout the book. You may feel like the biggest prodigal child but God is waiting for you with open arms. Maybe His love for us is a lot like the love the people of Willow Creek had for Bailey–no recriminations, just pure love, and acceptance.
Coming Home to Maverick is the first book in a series about the Dawson brothers. It is classified as a Cowboy Inspirational Romance.
I received an advanced reader’s copy from the authors as part of a Just Read Tours publicity tour; a positive review was not required. Get your copy of Coming Home to Maverick
About Coming Home to Maverick
Series: Cowboy Inspired
Genre: Contemporary Christian Western
Publisher: Kings Row Press
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Pages: 242 pages
Bailey is back. Maverick thought he was over her. But neither can deny the feelings that will always be there.
Bailey has made mistakes, so many she doesn’t think she’ll really ever forgive herself. But her daughter deserves the kind of life Bailey had growing up. When she shows up on her parents’ doorstep back to her hometown, the one person she isn’t ready to see is Maverick. But will she ever be able to face him?
The minute Maverick hears Bailey is back, he knows his heart still belongs to her. But what kind of man trusts a woman who left him at the altar? As he grapples with a new daughter that he can’t help but wish was his, all the responsibilities of running his family’s ranch, and the hurt he feels about Bailey’s betrayal, he finds new love and hope, not only with her, but with God.
As soon as God is a part of the equation, the sweetness they find is better than they ever had. Just maybe this second chance around is God’s gift of happiness to them both.
About Sophia Summers
Billionaires, Royals, Cowboys, and Professional Athletes. Sophia Summers is an award-winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read.
She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm. She writes historical romance under a different name.
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