by Melissa Senate is a story about second chances. It intertwines
family, forgiveness, and love, with emphasis on the role of
Readers meet Daisy Dawson, who has been down on her luck.
Nine months pregnant, she realizes that the man she is about
to marry is a runaway groom who literally left her at the
altar. Frustrated and embarrassed, she jumps into her car
and throws away her cell phone to seek refuge by herself.
Unfortunately, her baby has other plans. All of a sudden,
in the middle of nowhere, Daisy experiences sharp labor pains.
But luckily for her, someone who is staying at the Dude Ranch,
Harrison McCord, drives by and can help deliver the baby boy,
“I wrote Daisy as a single mother; she had a strong
support system, her brothers, and sister-in-law. She is strong,
smart, independent, a straight-talker, and feels family is
very important. Readers see that she is also very impulsive.
I wrote in this quote by her mother, “Daisy Rae Dawson,
acting first and thinking later is gonna be your downfall.
The hero, Harrison, is experiencing a lot of grief, having
lost his father and about to lose his aunt. I think sometimes
he acts without thinking because he is carrying everything
through a veil of grief.”
A few days later, he comes clean and tells Daisy and her brothers
that he is the rightful heir to the Dude Ranch. It seems that
ten years ago, the Dawson father lost it in a card game to
Harrison’s father. Determined to get what he sees as
rightfully his, Harrison expects the Dawson family to sign
over the deed. Always the optimist, Daisy convinces Harrison
to stay the five days he paid for and find out about her family,
the family ranch, and why he should not pursue his rightful
“I wanted to show the relationship as vulnerable. At
first, they are Frenemies. They are adversaries one moment,
and the next moment they are friendly. Unexpectedly, they
fall for each other. It is the legacy of the family. It has
meaning for both of them because it shows how the family is
affected. It represents the past, present, and definitely
the future for baby Tony.”
This is a great story about how someone who spends time together
can fall in love unexpectedly. Readers will go on a journey
with the hero and heroine, seeing how each is willing to open
up to expose their vulnerability and honesty.