When Rachel Maddox returns to her hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas, avoiding her ex is much easier said than done. Still nursing the broken heart Rachel caused years earlier, rancher next door Hunter McDermott figures he can be cordial for the brief time she’s in town—maybe they can even be friends. But how do you forge just a friendship with someone you’ve always pictured as your bride?
Meet Rachel Maddox
Resembles: Nadine Leopold
Physical description: Light blond hair. Tall, with freckles that Hunter likes. Rachel, on the other hand, does not like them.
Interests: Volleyball, helping youth, proving to the world she’s changed since she was a trouble-causing teenager.
Hates: Feeling like everyone in the small town she grew up in is watching her every move and judging her.
Biggest struggle: Depending on others and admitting she needs people.
Family history: Rachel’s parents passed away when she was thirteen, and her older brother Cash (from Falling for Texas) raised her.
Work: She’s planning to be a school guidance counselor…just as soon as she gets hired.
Pets: Rachel adopts a stray dog for the duration of the book, even though she’s planning to leave town and knows she can’t keep him.
Meet Hunter McDermott
Resembles: Bradley Cooper
Physical description: Scruffy with short dark blond hair.
Interests: Hunter runs a ranch with his father. He also volunteers to help the youth group build a float. He loves his sister and thinks his niece is the best thing since sliced bread.
Hates: The fact that his mom abandoned him and his sister.
Biggest struggle: Not falling for Rachel a second time around when she’s planning to leave town again.
Family history: Hunter is close to his sister, and his relationship with his dad is often strained. He hasn’t seen his mom in years.
Other: Hunter likes to get under Rachel’s skin and tease her. (As an author, their banter is one of my favorite parts of the book.)
About the Author:
Jill Lynn lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. In 2013, she won the ACFW Genesis award. Jill enjoys reading and writing stories filled with grace, humor and happily-ever-after. When she’s not plotting her next book, she can be found hanging out with her entertaining family.