Her worst enemy…
Could bring her heart home
Heather Stanhope wants to despise the man who now owns the ranch her family lost. But Matt Burton is raising his late sister’s adorable twins, loves horses, and is known for his loyalty and honesty. Sneaking into Adelaide Creek for her friend’s wedding, Heather hopes to avoid Matt, but fate and family have them crossing paths. Heather knows falling for Matt means risking her heart, but it’s a risk she can’t resist.
“So, what’s the guy’s name?” he asked, pretending casual interest.
She frowned and glanced around. “Uh, what guy?”
“The one who calls and makes your face light up like a sunny day. Seems someone special is waiting for you back in Minnesota.”
She lowered her head. “Busted!” A smug grin came and went in a second or two. “I’ll have to reveal the mystery person.”
He should have kept his mouth shut. He had a feeling he was about to look ridiculous. “Should I prepare to be red in the face?”
She let out a hoot. “Very red.” She scrolled through her phone and then held it close to her chest. “Last chance…wanna see?”
He swallowed and nodded. “Okay, break the news.”
“Yes, this is the one.” Her face broke into a big smile when she passed him her phone. “That’s Jillian, my patient, my ten-year-old sweetheart.”
Matt groaned. He felt silly looking at the photo of a smiling girl in a Minnesota Twins’ T-shirt, pointing to the short brush of red hair coming in on her head. “Well, well, don’t I feel a fool?”
“Oh, don’t fret over it. I’m only having a little fun with you.” The broad smile appeared again but didn’t vanish in an instant this time.
“Mystery solved. Now I can see who brings out your radiant glow.” Matt cleared his throat. “I suppose that’s why I assumed it was a guy.”
Ignoring his comments about a guy, Heather filled in the details about her young patient’s leukemia treatment.
Matt nodded along. Only someone with the hardest of hearts wouldn’t be affected by this child’s story.
Excerpted from The Rancher’s Wyoming Twins by Virginia McCullough, Copyright © 2022 by Virginia McCullough. Published by Harlequin Heartwarming.
About the Author
Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky
enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the
coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in
nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and
coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business
owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share
or a story to tell.
Virginia’s books feature characters who could
be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with
everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always
include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown
children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails
or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off
for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about
hope, healing, and second chances.
Ends May 4, 2022