26 Sept 2016


Book Review / Ransom Canyon by Jodi Thomas

From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas comes the first book in a compelling, emotionally resonant series set in a remote west Texas town—where family can be made by blood or by choice…

Rancher Staten Kirkland, the last descendent of Ransom Canyon's founding father, is rugged and practical to the last. No one knows that when his troubling memories threaten to overwhelm him, he runs to lovely, reclusive Quinn O'Grady… or that she has her own secret that no one living knows.

Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize—college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand's son. But one night, one wrong decision, will set his life on a course even he hadn't imagined.

Yancy Grey is running hard from his troubled past. He doesn't plan to stick around Ransom Canyon, just long enough to learn the town's weaknesses and how to use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old enough to reach a car's pedals, isn't prepared for what he encounters.

In this dramatic new series, the lives, loves and ambitions of four families will converge, set against a landscape that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful, where passion, property and pride are worth fighting—and even dying—for.

Published:     25th August 2015
Publisher:  HQN Books
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 1, Ransom Canyon
Source:  Owned



This book just gets better and better the more I read it.  As I had bought the rest of the series so far and had the final book on my review pile I decided to start right from the beginning and read this one again.  I read this in September last year and loved it then.  

Just to be reunited with Staten and Quinn and watching them reconnect was my favourite part in this whole book.  You have Staten who has his own scars with both his wife and son dead and you have Quinn who is a recluse for some reason that she does not reveal until nearer the end of the book.

You then have Lucas and a bunch of friends, including Lauren the sheriff's daughter, who decide to investigate an old gypsy house but unfortunately there is an accident.  This part of the story was more of a will they won't they type of situation.  Definitely kept me at the edge of my seat.

Lastly, you have Yancey Grey who is definitely an interesting character to say the least.  With secrets from his past he arrives in Ransom Canyon and decides to set up camp there as a handyman to the retirement community.  He obviously has secrets he wants to keep quiet but that may not be possible in such a small town.  
Such a great start to what I hope will be a firm favourite series in my collection...  Can't wait to start the next book!!!