I admit it. I’ve never read a cowboy romance before now. In all honesty, I never thought I’d be interested in one, but I’d heard so many good things about Mary Vine’s A PLACE TO LAND that I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did! This sweeping tale of romance and self discovery also includes a dash of mystery. It was such an intriguing story I found myself unable to put it down until I’d read the very last page.
I connected with Uli, the story’s heroine, right from the start. As a young girl, Uli came to the U. S. with her Russian family in search of the American Dream. Uli grew up feeling like an outcast and spent her life feeling as if she was responsible for making the dream come true for her family, sacrificing her own dreams in the deal. When she accepts an assignment to write a controversial article for a high-profile magazine, Uli thinks she’s finally found a way to secure her family’s financial success. Her research takes her far from the big-city lights of Portland to the wide open spaces of Northeast Oregon. Uli falls in love, not only with the landscape, but also with Jackson Holt, the sexy rancher who becomes her self appointed guardian.
I loved everything about these characters! Uli had just the right blend of self reliance and vulnerability, and the wealthy Jackson was the perfect tough ‘n tender romance hero. Their love affair unfolded slowly, each filled with doubts and their own unique insecurities. I rooted for them with every turn of the page!
Mary Vine has a lovely writing style and possesses the uncanny ability to pick her readers up and transport them into her setting. I’ve never visited Oregon, and yet, thanks to the author’s lush descriptions, it is a place I feel I know well. From beginning to end, A PLACE TO LAND was a pleasure to read and I’m eagerly looking forward to my next cowboy romance!