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Rancher's Refuge (Whisper Falls #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  148 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Rancher Austin Blackwell knows a wounded creature when he sees one. Although Annalisa Keller won't reveal how she ended up stranded in Whisper Falls, his conscience refuses to let her leave. The little Ozarks town could be the perfect place for her to start over—just as it was for him. Trying to keep his own past hidden, Austin finds himself falling for the vulnerable beau ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Love Inspired
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Dec 11, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I liked reading Rancher's Refuge. It has some drama,romance and a community that I will come back to read more novels in Whisperfalls
Rancher Austin Blackwell is on a horse looking for a missing calf and he sees a women injured by Whisperfalls.
Annalisa Keller is afraid that her boyfriend who broke her arm and kicked her out of the car. She is afraid he came back so she went back behind the fall and starts praying for help.
Austin gets her back up out of the fall and takes her by horse to hi
Jul 16, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
Annalisa Keller has made some really bad decisions in her life. She trusted the wrong person and is now paying the price. When Austin Blackwell finds Annalisa, she is battered and bruised. Nursing a broken arm, she is obviously terrified of something or someone. Austin gets her the help she needs and even allows her to stay on his farm with him and his sister. But Austin has his own secrets and past hurts. As Annalisa recovers and begins to open up and trust him, will Austin be able to overcome ...more
Dec 24, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
What I really enjoyed about Rancher’s Refuge was the complexity of the characters. They each had their own struggles that they needed to work through and those struggles didn’t take a backseat to the romantic plotline.

Learning to forgive your mistakes of the past in order to move forward was a major theme throughout this book. While each characters struggle was their own, they each similarly faced individual resistance to self-forgiveness. Each of them, in one-way or another was consumed by the
Jan 23, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Whisper Falls
Book 1

This was a good start to what sounds like a great series! The author captured my attention right away with a cowboy riding across his land in Arkansas (I live in the Ozarks, and it is as beautiful as she says). While Austin Blackwell was a strong person with some pretty intense baggage, Recent circumstances caused the strength that Annalisa obviously possesses to be covered by fear of abuse. The romance happens naturally as Austin and Annalisa help each other deal with their p
Julia G.
Nov 27, 2014 Julia G. rated it it was amazing
"Rancher's Refuge" was a wonderful Christian romance and I absolutely loved it! The storyline and characters were superb, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Austin and Annalisa's story. Linda Goodnight is a phenomenally talented author and I love her books so much, and this one was no exception. I cannot wait to read the rest of the Whisper Falls series! If "Rancher's Refuge" was any indication of what's to come, I know it will be amazing!
Nov 23, 2012 Gaylee rated it really liked it
It was very spellbinding. I enjoyed reading it, but they always end too soon for me. I want to know how Annalisa and her rancher spend their life. Kids, grandkids? ha but I am that way about every book I read. I really liked the way you had to keep reading because you knew something bad could happen anytime.
Jun 18, 2016 Jacquellyn rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! As a fan of romance, I was nervous starting this book, thinking it would be overly religious. But it wasn't at all. It was actually very refreshing and uplifting. About 2 ppl who have lost their religion in some way and are trying to cope with real life. But the journey focused mainly on the romance and trust issues. It was relatable and realistic. It was also sort of simple and easy. It kept me interested the entire time. I would enjoy more from this author and I thi ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Christian Romance!!
Nov 28, 2014 IrenesBookReviews rated it it was amazing
This story is set on a ranch and includes drama and romance! Their first meeting finds Annalisa with a broken arm and Austin rescuing her from what, he is not sure. So starts this fast moving love story.

I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the storyline was great. I liked how the two characters come together and grow to trust each other. The author wrote some great conversations and even their inner thoughts were easy to read and follow. The minor stories were ok but did not really add to the
Apr 23, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
This story line has similar elements to Nicholas Spark's Safe Haven, but I enjoyed it so much more -- possibly partly because the reader never gets into the abuser's thoughts. I loved the main characters, the sister, the townspeople, and the unfolding sense of community in Whisper Falls. I want to read more in the series.
Mar 17, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
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My favorite part from the book: "With a chortle, she pushed at his shoulder. He caught her fingers. "That hand is getting out of control. I'd better hold on to it for you.""
If I was the swooning type I totally would have
Dec 18, 2015 LaGina rated it liked it
A good book Christian based romance that I sat and read in one sittin.
Jan 21, 2013 June rated it really liked it
Why people stay in abusive relationships has always been on interest to me. In this story we meet Annalisa Keller who has finally decided she has had enough and makes it away from a battering with nothing but her life. Austin Blackwell finds and rescues her. Through the friendship that develops with both Austin and his sister Cassie, both Austin and Annalisa find themselves changing quite a bit throughout the story. This was a very enjoyable read and hard to put down. Love anything written by Li ...more
Rancher's Refuge is the kind of book I like to read when I want to read something light and fun. Yes, there is some worrisome moments in the book, but overall the story was still lighthearted.

The romance was very believable and I enjoyed that part of the story very much.

This was a quick and easy read. I would recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
Jun 04, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
alright, i like religious christians books because they're REALLY good romance without seventy five dirty sex scenes, so these are kind of my guilty pleasure. a little deep on the religious stuff, but overall PRETTY DARN CUTE.
Jan 28, 2014 Impy rated it it was ok
I was looking for a sweet light-hearted romance. What I got was a book that read as naive, maybe even a little immature in both writing style and plot, and more preachy than inspiring.
Apr 18, 2014 Justme rated it liked it
A story about abused partners and how prayer and faith in others helped
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Mar 19, 2013 Carolyn E rated it really liked it
This was a good story. I enjoyed it.
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like this series
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NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her emotional stories of hope have won the RITA , the Carol, the Reviewer’s Choice, and numerous other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted ...more
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