Current fiction read November 16, 2021

The cover doesn’t do a whole lot for me but I’m really liking the story.

A Distant Heart (Burning Dress Ranch Book 1)

This story is about a successful ranch staffed mainly with women. Women who have been scarred by abuse. It’s a place for them to recover, find a new sense of themselves, and eventually leave with skills to support themselves in a way that will leave them vulnerable never again.

There were many memorable moments so far in this story but the one on page 85 I found most interesting. I’ve never heard it put quite like this and it bears thinking about.

“If you come to understand what Jesus did on the cross — the incredible sacrifice — it makes humbling yourself a little easier. You have to be humble to forgive. But it’s so freeing to live without bitterness”

Forgiving, humble. I guess I can see how humble would fit in with forgiving. It is definitely necessary to lay down and let go of some things. It wouldn’t work well if we were proud and defiant. Food for thought.

So, on to the story.

Two wounded souls. One loving, relentless God.

Welcome to Burning Dress Ranch.

Miss Sally, the mysterious and secretive owner of Burning Dress, established the operation with a very particular mission—to make sure her charges leave with a useful skill, and to share the love of Christ with their hurting, wounded souls.

Cecelia Huggins, broken by a bitter, shameful divorce, has come to Burning Dress to take control of her own destiny. She wants to work and learn. She doesn’t want friends, and she certainly doesn’t ever want to fall in love again.

Jax Taylor is foreman of the Burning Dress and he’s the perfect man for the job. Most of the ranch hands are women who are healing from some pretty tough blows. Just like them, he’s pushing past his own hurts and would rather drink poison than fall in love again.

Miss Sally has had some tough cases before but Cecelia and Jax may be the toughest. How do you convince two stubborn hearts that the only way to find rest for their souls is to give in to love?


This story is still a bargain if you are interested.

Happy Reading y’all

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