A Mountain Ranch Novel
Willa J. Brand
May 30, 2020
Blurb: Taylor is a mother on the run from an abusive husband, searching for a safe place for she and her young son. Convinced that her possessive spouse is hunting them, she is paranoid, exhausted and virtually penniless. Finding herself stranded in rural Montana, she is taken in by a couple who help her not knowing her past, and she is able to find work on their ranch. She intends on staying only long enough to save the money needed to move on to a large city where she believes they will be safer. But as time passes friendships develop, as does a love interest, and Taylor struggles to hold on to her secrets. Inevitably, her past catches up with her and her worst fears will become reality.
Whilst on the run from an abusive marriage, Taylor finds herself in a situation where she has to take a leap of faith. Despite her fear that her true identity will be discovered, she puts her trust in a stranger who offers her a helping hand. Little did Taylor know this trust would turn her life around.
Willa’s seamless writing and relatable characters allows the story to flow over the pages making this a truly rounded read. I loved the fact that whilst this story is essentially a love story it did not have any cheesy sex scenes, which I often find have no relevance to a story. Willa sensitively covers the topics of abusive, controlling relationships and miscarriage, which are often subjects whose long-term effects many do not understand. Refuge addresses these subjects with hope and courage and demonstrates to the reader what a loving, trusting relationships looks like.
I found Refuge to be a smooth enjoyable debut novel and I look forward to reading more books by Willa J. Brand.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.