Love Without End, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is a story about the past and the present. The book opens in 1944 with lost and orphaned Anna McKenna leading her colt through a forest. The horse is all she has left from her life when her parents were alive. Told alternately in the past and the present, the reader learns about the Leonard family who took Anna in and of the six generations of Leonards who have made a life in Kings Meadow, Idaho, as ranchers. Single parent Chet Leonard is the current patriarch of this family. After a the tragic loss of a child his wife divorced him and abandoned their other two sons. After living a life of privilege, single parent Kimberly Welch and her teenage daughter find themselves homeless and broke after Kimberly’s husband dies unexpectedly. As an act of kindness, her best friend who lives in Kings Meadow offers them a place to live until Kimberly can make her own way. Had it not been for the turn of event in Kimberly’s life she would never have found herself living in Kings Meadow.
As the result of the gift of a horse to Kimberly’s daughter Kimberly and Chet meet. Chet agrees to “tame” the horse. They strike an agreement and over time a mutual attraction develops. Even so, Chet and Kimberly are very different people and it remains to be seen if they can find a common ground. Can two people who have experienced the losses which can come with love find a way to create a new love? Do they have what it takes to create a new chapter in their lives?
This is a well told and captivating story. The author has created characters with endearing qualities and characteristics. Their unique personalities come together beautifully. I found this to be an appealing novel and I recommend reading it.
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