Mckettricks of Texas: Garrett
Linda Lael Miller
Harlequin HQN, May 25 2010, $7.99
As Garrett McKettrick leaves Austin for his family spread the Silver Spur in Blue River, Texas, he knows his aspirations have been shattered to the bone marrow. His hero Senator Morgan Cox is embroiled in a nasty scandal that has nuked Garrett’s beliefs and political dreams.
He arrives to chaos as the family plans for Tate’s wedding and someone is rustling their herd leaving cattle dead. However that is not what causes the chaos inside of Garrett’s heart. High School teacher Julie Remington, her five years old son Calvin and his three legged dog Harry are staying at the ranch for her sibling’s marriage to Tate. Garrett wants her and likes the young boy while the free spirit that Julie filed away to raise her offspring as a single mom (with sisters) surfaces at a time when Calvin’s biological father Gordon Pruett arrives wanting to be part of the lad’s life.
The fascination behind the middle brother’s tale is that most of the story line focuses on Julie with her fears of what Gordon wants and her sadness over bright student Rachel needing a job. Rachel’s dad Mr. Strivens in one sentence adds realism about college for the impoverished families in hard times. Although the romance between Tate and Julie seem more off page than on, the McKettrick fans will enjoy this fine ranch contemporary and look forward to the next sibling’s story.