It’s time to face the past he’s been running from.
Danny Diem’s life is upended when he inherits a small-town ranch.
But learning he has a daughter in need of lifesaving surgery is his biggest shock yet.
He’d never gotten over telling his ex Lizzie Michaels that he wasn’t the marrying kind.
But her loving strength for their little girl tugs at his heartstrings—and makes him wonder if he’s ready to embrace the role he’s always run from: father.
Titles in The Sterling Ranch series include — Accidental Homecoming – Recipe for a Homecoming – The Marine’s Reluctant Return (February 2022) –
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Accidental Homecoming
Series: The Sterling Ranch #1
Author: Sabrina York
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
My Rating: 4 stars
Accidental Homecoming begins The Sterling Ranch series with a thoughtful romance full of questions and uncertain answers. How can one piece of paper change an entire life? How could one hidden bit of information both devastate and bring the greatest joy at the same moment? Danny Diem is about to find out as he’s making the trip from Las Vegas to the tiny little town of Butterscotch Ridge based on one letter stating that he’s come into an inheritance… from the grandfather he never knew since he never got to know his deadbeat father either. Danny’s life is a mess right now. His mother has wiped out his bank account, sold anything of value from his home, and jumped bail – the bail he’s gone into debt with a loan shark for. Yeah. Things aren’t looking too great for Danny at the moment, so why is he trusting everything on one piece of paper to turn his life around. Mainly because what other choice is there?
Lizzie has to finally face a truth she knew was coming yet she’d prayed desperately that it would never come to this moment. Her precious daughter, Emma, needs a bone marrow transplant. And Lizzie needs to track down a man who declared that he’d never marry, that he had no desire to be a father just before she was about to tell him she was pregnant. She left town determined to never cross paths with Danny again. But Emma needs her father, Lizzie needs to believe that Danny would be a match for their daughter… and neither knows if they’re headed for heartache again or a far different future.
Accidental Homecoming is a story that grabbed my emotions quickly and never let go. Danny and Lizzie once had everything except commitment. Young love in the midst of really bad family life for Danny was overpowering at times. Coming to the ranch, meeting his half-siblings, learning some truths have added to the natural changes that maturity brings. When Lizzie tracks him down he is beyond happy and delighted to learn he has a daughter he’d do anything for. But he’s going to have to prove that to Lizzie for she remembers his words, his attitude far too well. Watching families be created in different ways was an emotional journey, one that I’m glad I didn’t miss.
The Sterling Ranch is going to be a series where I’ll strongly suggest reading the stories in order because they do build on what happened previously (and yes, I’ve read the second title). We have three brothers, one sister, and one grandmother for Danny to discover and all will have their intertwining stories told eventually. So, knowing the conclusion of the next title, Recipe for a Homecoming, I feel safe in saying that while you’d enjoy them individually, but if you can follow along with the series you’ll have a different experience knowing what came before. I enjoyed this world and if you love a romance full of discovery, emotions, and family found then you’ll want to get started on this series right now.
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