Ransom Canyon by Jodi Thomas

From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas comes the first book in a compelling, emotionally resonant series set in a remote west Texas town—where family can be made by blood or by choice.
Rancher Staten Kirkland, the last descendant of Ransom Canyon’s founding father, is rugged and practical to the last. No one knows that when his troubling memories threaten to overwhelm him, he runs to lovely, reclusive Quinn O’Grady…or that she has her own secret that no one living knows.
Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize—college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand’s son. But one night, one wrong decision, will set his life on a course even he hadn’t imagined.
Yancy Grey is running hard from his troubled past. He doesn’t plan to stick around Ransom Canyon, just long enough to learn the town’s weaknesses and how to use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old enough to reach a car’s pedals, isn’t prepared for what he encounters.
In this dramatic new series, the lives, loves and ambitions of four families will converge, set against a landscape that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful, where passion, property and pride are worth fighting—and even dying—for.

Praise for Ransom Canyon
Ransom Canyon is a tale of redemption and hope filled with authentic dialogue and characters engaging enough to chat with over a cup of coffee.” – Fort Worth Star Telegram

“Western romance legend Thomas opens her latest series in a small Texas town…. Ransom Canyon will warm readers with its huge heart and gentle souls. For all romance collections.” – Library Journal

Once again a delightful entry into a new series by a favorite of mine. Jodi Thomas has the ability to reel me in every time with her enterprising, intelligent and caring cast of characters and RANSOM CANYON has some of the best yet. ” – Fresh Fiction

This book had some interesting love stories in it. If I hadn’t recently read another novel where a man left his wife to his best friend in the event of his death, I don’t know if I would have believed the idea of a man having an affair (much less falling in love) with his deceased wife’s best friend.
While I found Staten and Quinn’s relationship a bit shaky, I thought their characters were interesting. Their interactions had real weight and I was excited to see what they did next. Thomas fleshed those two characters, and those of the senior citizens in town, in a believable manner. But Yancy the ex-con and the teenager characters were a bit wooden in my ears. I think Thomas probably doesn’t interact with many ruffians or youngsters very often, and that’s why I don’t find those characters very believable. However, I thought the plot was interesting and definitely not overdone. I can honestly say that as I was reading, I never once thought, “Haven’t I read this before?” or “This reminds me of…”
In the end, I was glad that Thomas tied the three storylines together well, while setting up the series nicely. I had started out caring the least about Yancy, but ended up not minding the idea of reading another book about what happens to him next. I liked the Lucas character from the beginning but didn’t really care about where he was headed. I thought Lauren was annoying, so I guess I would be curious to see if their relationship implodes in the books that followed.

A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and “checking up” on their two grown sons.
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