When Ricky’s beloved wife Jessie is rushed to the hospital, her life hanging by a thread, Ricky is beside himself. He has never had such severe challenges. Good friends make the difference but soon the tables are turned and he is called on to make the difference in other’s lives.
If you liked Book One, you’ll love Book Two. If you haven’t read Book One, don’t let that stop you because this is a new plot. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as Jessie fights for life. You’ll feel for Ricky, so worried about his beautiful wife. You’ll see the impact good friends can have when they are needed, and you’ll be amazed at the influence an honest cowboy and his artist friend can have on others.
Dale continues the story of Ricky, Jessie, Jake and of course Pardner while introducing several new characters in such a way that you know them intimately. One thing for certain, by the end you will have laughed, cried and cheered.
When I decided to read this book, I honestly thought I would be diving into a book about the life of a rancher, and although there was plenty of information and activity regarding that particular subject, this book pleasantly surprised me with its focus on friendship, family and the things that matter most in this life.
This story line encompasses several characters and each of their points of view. With so many characters to follow you might think it impossible for the author to provide us ample opportunity to grow to love them all, but Randall Dale really did a nice job with that.
At first I worried with so many story lines involved if the author really had a firm grasp of which story he wanted to tell, but it all weaves together so beautifully in the middle and then carries on to a wonderful finish.
One thing I want to call special attention to is the author's obvious passion about art. Authors use their words to paint a picture of scenery, atmosphere, physical aspects of others and to grasp the interplay between their characters. I've never read a book where an author used his words to paint a picture of a picture...more specifically paintings. When the reader is first introduced to the painting of Ramon standing in the rain the author could have simply told the reader what the painting looked like, but his words managed to portray so much more. I could see the painting in my mind's eye, the emotion the cowboy exuded at the first sign of rain, and I honestly had the most overwhelming desire to leave my house and go visit an art gallery...
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Randall Dale grew up in a ranching family. No stranger to long days in the saddle, he draws heavily on his experiences to bring a new breed of western novels. Randall is a graduate of the University of Arizona. He is a devoted family man and a successful businessman with a flair for writing and an interest in all things western. He currently lives in rural southeastern Arizona with his wife. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
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