Liz: The Montana McKennas

Jan Scarbrough
Liz: The Montana McKennas
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Publisher
Saddle Horse Press
Release Date
April 2016
Series
Book 7 of The Montana Ranchers
Genre
Western Romance

SUMMARY
She'd had the great love of her life. Was she foolish to want another one?

Liz McKenna's dreams died along with her husband. Now she's become the keeper of dreams for others. She's done everything she can to keep the McKenna ranch running and to move on with her life. She'd learned to knit and play the piano. Distracted herself with hobbies. And yet, there was no avoiding the deep, unspoken unhappiness. Was it the burden of running the dude ranch? The responsibility of keeping her husband's dream alive? At fifty-five, was she put out to pasture, too old to have dreams of her own?

Producer and scriptwriter Chaz Kingston is burned out by the ruthlessly competitive world of Hollywood. He's tired of the empty celebrity lifestyle of his ex-wife and her daughters who are only famous for being famous. He's tired of a life chasing the next hot trend, the next hot script. And he's mourning the senseless death of his brother. Then he's offered the chance to write a script based on a real life feel-good family novel about a dude ranch in Montana. Maybe blue skies and open spaces are what this silver fox needs. But he never dreamed his R&R would include a beautiful widow.

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
Jan 20, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
54 people found the following review helpful
LIZ: THE MONTANA MCKENNAS (The Montana Ranchers #7) by Jan Scarbrough is a wonderful read to wrap up the blended McKenna family series of romances. I enjoyed reading James's children and stepchildren's romances and was very happy Ms. Scarbrough has also written a HEA for his widow.

Liz McKenna has watched her children and stepchildren fall in love and start to live their own lives after the death of her beloved husband James eighteen months ago. She has taken up hobbies, moved into a smaller cabin, and run the dude ranch for the season, but she still has a deep feeling of unhappiness.

Liz's daughter-in-law, Stephanie's ebook "Under Montana Skies" is semiautobiographical about everyone's lives on the ranch since James's death and has become a bestseller. Her agent wants the best screenwriter/producer in Hollywood to turn it into a movie or cable TV series. The girls conspire to get Charles Kingston to read the book and visit the ranch.

Charles "Chaz" Kingston has become fed up with the Hollywood lifestyle. His ex-wife is trying to get their daughter on her reality TV show and his younger brother has committed suicide after his divorce and declining career. He wants a change and the offer of two weeks in Montana on a closed for the season dude ranch sounds perfect. What he is not expecting is the beautiful and down to earth widow who runs the ranch.

I loved Liz and Chaz! A mature romance always has so much extra baggage, both mentally and externally, that can complicate the story and Ms. Scarbrough added just the right amount of both. As in the other books in this series, it is short and yet not short on romance. I truly enjoy all of these books for a quick, but heartfelt romance read. The sex is behind closed doors, but the affection is not. Another wonderful addition to the series.
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