The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch

Author: Julia Brewer Daily

Publisher: Admission Press, Inc.

Release Date: November 1, 2022

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Unique story set amongst scenic South Texas.

Emma Rosales is the heir to her family’s ranch, The Thorn.  As owners of the largest ranch in Texas, each generation of Rosales produce only one child, a daughter who inherits and runs the ranch.  For five generations this pattern has continued, and Emma is next in line, but not sure she wants the life set out for her.  While obtaining her veterinarian’s degree at Texas A&M University, Emma begins to wonder what it would be like to settle down in a small town with her own vet practice, but she still returns home after graduation.  One day while riding out on the ranch, her favorite horse breaks his leg, and she must put him down and walk back to the ranch house.  But what she discovers along the way will not only prevent her return home but change everything she knew about the ranch she has spent her life on.

This book turned into nothing that I expected.  I was intrigued by the setting of Southwest Texas, which is near the area I live and have traveled through much of it, so I always enjoy books set close to home.  I’m not sure what I thought I would get into, but this was very different than what I thought it would be.  That said, I still enjoyed the story of Emma and how she went from heir apparent to captive amongst an almost primitive tribe.  The story was written very well and believable given the different story lines between Emma and her mother Josie.  I also enjoyed the switchover to Kai when Emma become sick and turned into a shell of herself.  The ending, while partly sad due to what is implied by Kai working on the ranch, was still an overly happy ending with two people that seemed destined to be together.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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