Robinson, Lauri, Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).
Title: Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret
Author: Lauri Robinson
Issues: Gendered Expectations (Women); Revenge
A ghost of Christmas past…
Heiress Sara Johnson is shocked when the stepbrother she believed was dead returns to Colorado to claim his inheritance! It might be the season of goodwill, but Crofton Parks seems determined to destroy his late father’s empire.
Sparks fly as Crofton and Sara are forced to work together, and soon she begins to uncover the secrets behind his disappearance and need for revenge. But a far more unsettling discovery is the desire he awakens in Sara. This roguish rancher might just claim her heart by Christmas!
Ideas for stories come to me in many ways. I dedicated this book to one of my granddaughters because she was the inspiration for Unwrapping the Rancher’s Secret. While she was at our house one day, we watched a cute cartoon about a little girl whose mother married a king, turning the little girl from a commoner to a princess overnight. I found that concept intriguing, and that gave birth to Sara Johnson Parks, a girl who was born in a dirt dugout in Kansas and didn’t own a pair of shoes until she was five, when her mother married a lumber baron. Upon the death of her stepfather, Sara becomes the richest woman in Royalton, Colorado, but that is also when Crofton Parks appears. The stepbrother she believed had died as a child.
I hope you enjoy Sara and Crofton’s story!