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The Rancher's First Love

(Martin's Crossing #4)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Second-Chance Cowboy 

Remington Jenkins is back and Martin's Crossing will never be the same. At least not for Samantha Martin. Her teenage crush is all grown-up, and she's realizing the full-time rancher, part-time preacher, still holds her heart. Back then, Rem planned to marry her—until her overprotective brothers sent her away. If he can brave her formidable family, Rem
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Love Inspired (first published February 16th 2016)
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Jennifer Robb
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Love Inspired readers
Recommended to Jennifer by: Avon Lake Public Library
For what is supposed to be a "clean romance" line, it was a bit of a surprise to find that Samantha was pregnant when she was sent away by her brothers. There was a slight hint of that earlier in the novel but it wasn't something I expected to be revealed.

Samantha seems to be shutting herself off to avoid the pain of loss. Her mother walked out on the family when Samantha was a baby. It seems that Samantha felt no one really loved her for herself when young. Her father died. Her older sister had
Nancy Ali

This story had great potential but the continued reference to the main characters pasts hindered development of their present relationship. The support characters were well knitted and the reader could easily visualize them as a family.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series, for some reason, pulls my emotions through the ringer. Each of the books so far, run the gamut of emotions. From laughter to sadness, from love to hate, from family to being alone. These books have it all!
Sandra Randall
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow know how that feels
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3 1/2
Samantha Martin and Remington Jenkins have a history together. A summer romance as teenagers that was serious enough for her brothers to send Remington packing and Sam off to her aunts. Now she’s all grown up and working as a Nurse back in Martin’s Crossing and fixing up a place of her own, she thinks life is pretty good. That is until Remington walks back into her life. He now runs the ranch with his grandfather and is also a part-time preacher at their local church. Rem loved Samantha and
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Samantha still holds some anger and resentment towards her family and Remington for what happened to her when she was a teenager. Caught with Remington her brothers sent her away to live with her aunt. Now Samantha is back in Martin's Crossing working as a nurse. But she can't get over the feelings of rejection when she was sent away and the anger at Remington for not coming to rescue her. And now he's back and wanting to get to know her again. But Samantha just can't reconcile the boy she knew ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it


I have enjoyed reading this series Martin's Crossing. The Rancher's First Love is book #4. It is a emotional story. We meet Samantha Martin.

Sam is back home. Her brothers sent her away when she was a teenager. They did what they thought was right. Sam has a hard trusting that people will not leave her. She is a nurse working with children.

Remington Jenkins was the ranch hand that Sam was in love with that her brothers caught them together. Remington was kicked off their ranch and sent ba
Books and Spoons
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A heartfelt story about faith, hope, love, and forgiveness.
There's so much sorrow, anger, disappointment and loneliness in Sam. She has felt her whole life, that people leave, or sent her away, they are not there to stay, to love, to be trusted. And for good reasons.

Remington only really loved one girl, but her family, brothers, made sure they didn't have a future together. Now, ten years later, if they can forgive each other, their families, and leave the past behind, will they really have a se
Kym McNabney

Remington Jenkins is back in Martin’s Crossing, and has his eye on Samantha Martin. He may be able to preach a good sermon on Sunday morning, but convincing Sam she should give them a second chance is proving to be a challenge.

Sam Martin is shocked to see the handsome cowboy she fell in love with nearly a decade ago, walk into the hospital she works at. Rem seems to be a changed man, but can she ever trust the man with her heart again?

I have written many
Denise Hershberger
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great Love Inspired read that made me feel pretty much every emotion. I really enjoyed getting to know Sam and Rem. I especially liked how well they both related with all the children in the story. I loved that Rem took time out of his busy life to show God's love to children. And I especially appreciated that Sam was every kid's favorite nurse.

While I haven't experienced the heartaches either character did in the book I felt like I had because of Minton's storytelling. I fell in love wi
Massanutten Regional Library
Avis, Central patron, July 2016, 4 stars:

The Rancher's First Love by Brenda Minton was a great story about coming to terms with the relationships and mistakes of the past. Samantha and Remington had a summer fling that ended in heartache when her brothers sent her away. When both move back to the same town, they experience God's forgiveness for the things of the past, and also have a chance to rekindle their love.

This was a very sweet story about first love. Both of the main characters struggled
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Rancher's First Love by Brenda Minton a Martin's Crossing series. Remington Jenkins is back in town. He is now a preacher in Martin's Crossing. Samantha Martin is not happy to see him. They were an item when they were in high school. Because of certain things they both left town and went different ways. Samantha was pregnant when she left town. Her family said she was to young to care for a baby and had her put it up for adoption. Now nine years later she has to tell Remington about his daug ...more
Pam Graber
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brenda Minton wrings every drop of emotion out of this story of lost and found love. This is the 4th book in her Martin's Crossing series and it tells the love story of youngest Martin sister, Samantha. Sam fell in love with Remington Jenkins at the age of 15. Sent away by her brothers at16, she's grown up, be one a nurse and moved back to Martin's Crossing. She may be back but she still has trouble believing that she is wanted by her family. Remington is back, too, running his grandfather's ran ...more
Melinda M
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
This is book 4 in Brenda Minton's Martin's Crossing.This story deals with Samantha Martin and a second chance with Remington Jenkins who was her first love. Her overprotective brothers sent them both away in different directions. Trusting is an issue for Samantha and second chances are wonderful but hard. Brenda Milton has written a great addition to the series and keeps us updated on the happenings at Martin's Crossing, There is adventure,a little mystery as well as a big dose on second chances ...more
Patty Champion
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book so good. Remington Jenkins was a bad boy and now he is a preacher. Samantha Martin is home for the first time in several years, She's not sure were she fits into the family - her borthers sent her away when they found her with Remington. I enjoyed this book, it had some unexpected surprises and I can't wait until the next book in this series.
Tanya Vought
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery
I enjoyed this story from start to finish!

It's one that will pull on your heartstrings. It talks about faith, hope, love and forgiveness.
If you love those types of meaningful moments in a story you'll enjoy this read!!

Harlequin Books
"There is a small bit of mystery involved in this sweet yet sometimes sad Martin’s Crossing tale. Realistic struggles and tough issues are handled with strength and gentleness" (4 stars @ RT Book Reviews).

Miniseries: Martin's Crossing
Alisha Grant
love this story about sam and remington. about not letting the past control ur future, of closing out people to prevent hurt n going after ones u love n never giving up on them
would love to read kayla n brodie's stories
Joy Strother
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a pretty good book. I liked it very much.I am happy that Sam and Rem found happiness again.
Harlequin Books
received 4 stars @ RT Book Reviews
Miniseries: Martin's Crossing
Becky Lee
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
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Brenda Minton lives, procrastinates, writes, drinks coffee, raises her kids and is wife to her husband, in the Ozarks.

Okay, now to first person because a third person bio sounds like someone else wrote it about me, and is just license to create flowery prose about myself.

I grew up on a farm in the Ozarks. It was long ago and far away, in a land before cable TV, video games and the internet. To pas

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