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The Rancher's Runaway Princess (Larch Valley #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Brooding ranch owner Brody Hamilton keeps his heart out of reach. But there's something about vivacious stable manager Lucy that brings joy to his hardened soul.

Lucy Farnsworth has just discovered she's of royal blood. She should be glad, but it has blown her world apart, and she finds herself just wanting to be the old Lucy again.

At Prairie Rose Ranch, Lucy's found the ma

Paperback, 249 pages
Published January 2nd 2009 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for; book release Jan09

What girl didn’t dream of having a pony of her own? Well, probably those who lived on a ranch…but other than those girls? And didn’t we all at one point dream of finding out we were really a princess? (Fess up!) So take horses, lots of horses, add in a princess who’s incognito, mix with a hunky rancher who’s nursing some angst, and—voila! We have Donna Alward’s Harlequin release “The Rancher’s Runaway Princess”.

Lucy just wants to be ‘normal’ agai...more
Lilly Cain
Lucy Farnsworth has lost her balance. Her roots have been heaved up with the loss of her mother and the discovery that her father is actually alive and the monarch of a far away country. Joining him as Princess is a promise she made to her mother, but her heart yearns for something simpler, something pure. Only in the company of horses does she find some solace. In desperation to prove herself to her father, she embarks on a journey to enrich her father’s royal stables by making an agreement wit...more
Very good book. Lucy arrived at Prairie Rose Ranch to work out a deal with Brody for the king of Marazur. As far as Brody knew, she is simply the king's stable manager. Brody was drawn to her, but had had a bad experience with a woman and kept comparing Lucy to her. This caused him to be nice one minute, then cold the next. Meanwhile, Lucy was happy being on the ranch, around the horses and getting to know Brody. She had a chance to be the old Lucy, before she found out that she was a princess....more
I'm still trying to figure out why the heroine likes the hero. Brody seemed to be looking for a target for his unresolved anger at his ex and Lucy walked away from almost every encounter with him with her feelings hurt. Then there's the whole insta-love gimmick. Basically, if you love your hero to be cranky and your heroine a door mat and for their relationship to be developed through arguments and cold shoulders, this is the book for you. Definitely not my cup of tea.
I enjoyed this book. Some moments were so entirely incredible. And yeah, I know this isn't exactly a part of the book, though it definitely plays out in it, Donna has a letter in the beginning that brought tears to my eyes. Loved it. I'm also wondering if there are going to be books/stories for the two brothers. Definitely piqued my interest.
this was a sweet story, better than I had expected. it was a quick HEA and sometimes I just need that in between heavy reads.
Its alright... a little fantastical but...
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A busy wife and mother of three (2 daughters and the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist.

An avid reader since childhood, Donna always made up her own stories. She completed her Arts Degree in English Literature in 1994, but it wasn't until 2001 that she penned her first full-length novel, and found herself ho...more
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