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Second Chance Ranch

(Three Rivers Ranch Romance #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,471 ratings  ·  289 reviews
A new Christian western romance from bestselling author, Elana Johnson, writing as Liz Isaacson for her contemporary adult romance debut.

After his deployment, injured and discharged Major Squire Ackerman returns to Three Rivers Ranch, anxious to prove himself capable of running the cattle operation so his parents can retire. Things would be easier if the ranch wasn’t m
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by AEJ Creative Works
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Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books where the characters are given a second chance at love and this one didn't disappoint! Squire and Kelly didn't actually date in high school--he's the younger brother of her best friend. She did, however, reject his invitation to go to the prom together. Only, there's a little more to that story.

Kelly just got hired as the accountant for Three Rivers Ranch, the one that Squire's family owns. Squire lets her know there's a large amount of money missing but he's kept this fact
Jul 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Life is too short to waste time on a book that does not spark interest in the first 100 pages. I don't care about the characters. I find the dialogue boring and the relationship juvenile. The man holds a grudge against this woman for 10 years 10 YEARS!!! for not going to prom with him. He still cares about her not going with him after going to war and being wounded. And her...I just don't buy any of this. On top of that the 'country folks' are so contrived. I know some country folks and they tal ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a sweet second chance romance. I enjoyed it. If you like clean romance with a few Christian elements you will likely enjoy this one.
Content: Clean
Pam Graber
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Squire Ackerman returns from Kandahar with a rod in his leg and PTSD. As the only son of Three Rivers Ranch, he’s expected to take over so his father can retire. Unfortunately, that’s not where his passion lies. Squire loves the animals and was halfway toward his goal of becoming a veterinarian when he was deployed. The day-to-day of running a ranch is nothing but tedious for him. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers that $1.6 million is missing from the ranch accounts. Hiring a good ac ...more
Katie W
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love a story about second chances and this one delivered! Squire is recently returned from the military, where he was honorably discharged after an injury. Hats off to those who serve in the military because I don't think I could do it and I truly appreciate all that they do for our country. I love that Squire is a deep character. He's working through issues resulting from his service, as well as trying to balance his wants and his duties for the future. He's a great all-around guy, ...more
B. D. Mann
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of the Three Rivers Ranch series and my first exposure to Liz Isaacson. WOW! I am impressed. This is a well-written Christian Romance. The author so skillfully wove Christian elements into the story that it is appealing to not only Christian readers but also any reader who favors clean, sweet romances. The characterization is well done and the storyline well crafted. So far as I could determine the author and her proofreaders were successful in producing a book that is com ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was another book that I've had for awhile but waited a long time to read. Yet again I regret that. This was a good book. I really liked Squire and Kelly. I thought that they were great for each other. I was very happy for them in the end. ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A while back, I realized that I was only reading authors whose last names began with letters at the very beginning of the alphabet. My system for choosing books was backfiring on me, and something had to be done! I would never get to favorite authors such as Karen Witemeyer, or even Deanne Gist. So I decided to try an A to Z challenge as I’ve seen other Goodreads readers do. And… I wanted to read a book by an author whose last name began with the letter “I”. Regardless of my (possibly) silly r ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kelly Armstrong has returned with her son to her tiny home town following her divorce. She applies for a job at Three Rivers Ranch, working for Squire Ackerman, the younger brother of her best friend in high school. She needs the job, so she can afford to move out of her parent’s basement. Squire doesn’t want to work with the girl who rejected him many years ago, but there’s a problem in the ranch accounts and he needs Kelly’s help to find it …

I liked both main characters—important in a romance.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I could not put down!

Squire Ackerman has returned home after his tour of duty injured physically and emotionally. He's trying to save his family ranch without telling his father exactly how badly their last financial adviser has hurt them. But his father hires Kelly as their new accountant---the one woman Squire hasn't been able to forget.

Kelly is trying to move on from a divorce, living with her parents until she can save enough money of her own to support her and her four-yea
Lauren Seiberling
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful romance that was inspirational in more ways than one!
First of all, the synopsis does an excellent job of setting up the tension in this story from the very beginning: A man scorned by the woman of his dreams years ago, and now she is back in his life, all day, every day. I was GLUED to this book waiting to see how the inevitable confrontation surrounding that event would play out!
I liked reading Squire because he was realistically damaged. A war veteran with PTSD and a broken heart,
Cynthia Marcano
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first Liz Isaacson book.

Good read. Fans of buff and handsome cowboys and Army Vets, unrequited love, small towns, Texas and a bit of mystery woven into a love story with a happy ending will enjoy this book.

I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Tracy Smith
I haven't read a good western romance in quite a long time, but I really enjoyed this one. Liz Isaacson is a new author to me and I will be looking for more from her in the future. I enjoyed getting to know her characters and the myriad of emotions that wove through the pages were very easy to feel along with them. If you enjoy second chance romances set in a western setting, I would recommend you check out this story. Happy Reading Everyone! ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It's always fun when authors delve into a new genre and write something outside of what is typical for them. Especially when they do it successfully and I think Elana Johnson (writing as Liz Isaacson) has done very well for her debut contemporary adult romance novel.

I always love a good western with horses and cowboys. Squire is also military so that brings a few added elements into the mix. On top of that, it's a second chance love because Kelly and Squire have known each other a long time and
Mandi Murphy
I hate to write less than glowing reviews, but I just do not see all of the 5 star ratings this book has received. I think it has potential. It could have benefited a great deal from several more rounds of ruthless edits. It often seemed to jump around, referring to something that apparently just happened that wasn't included in the writing. Or repeating the same idea and/or sentiment over and over. I only got 39% of the way through before it became painfully clear to me that I didn't want to re ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this one, especially for a kindle freebie. I usually do not like books where one of the lead characters has kids from a divorce, etc. but I didn't mind it one bit in this one. Squire was defiantly swoon worthy and it had romance, and some action (not the bad moral kind) hot cowboys...good stuff. Clean and not preachy!

Moral Note: Clean language, clean romance, some mild violence.
Completely safe, clean, and devoid of any ow/om drama. The H was a little silly with his oh so fragile ego hanging onto a disappointment from a decade ago, but other than that this was a nice and easy read. I enjoyed how the H was a genuine nice guy and how the h tried to be a good mother to her son. The dual povs were nice, but I do wish that here was more character development. I had some questions that remained unanswered and an epilogue would have been nice too.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet contemporary romance with a western flare. I completely loved the characters, the setting, their families...loved it all!
Dee/ bookworm
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very clean and cute romance.
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I recently began the Seven Sons Ranch in Three Rivers series and realized that while I had read some of the beginning (foundation) series I hadn’t completed it or reviewed it. This was back before the blog… so, what better time to fix that oversight than right now with the beginning of it all at the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series and Liz Isaacson’s debut Contemporary Romance story SECOND CHANCE RANCH. Rereading this one was no chore and reintroduced me to some lika
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I thought this was a sweet romance. Squire and Kelly seemed almost destined to be together from the start. Yes, the story seemed a bit predictable at times, but I think many romance novels end up that way. When you're looking for a smile, this book will definitely do the trick.

Squire, of course, is a wonderful male lead. The thing that really drew me to Squire's character was his relationship with Finn. When entering into a relationship with a single mom, you never know how the man will be aroun
Very well written, wonderful H & h, and supporting characters. Interesting mystery, as well.
Too much religion/god-talk for my taste, or I would have given it the full 5-stars. Christians should love it!

ETA: Actually, after reading the second book in this series, I realize that I am so invested in these characters, that even though as an ex-Christian, I do not like stories with characters giving God too much credit. The stories/characters are just so good that I want to continue visiting Three Ri
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Great plot but the descriptions were a little funny

I enjoyed the plot and characters in this book and appreciated the way PTSD was included. But some of the descriptions really were a bit odd to me. Spiders wriggling in the intestines? Whips thrashing the gut? I think it detracts from the story that otherwise was great!
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Clean contemporary romance

Cute story. I liked the Texas ranch atmosphere. I didn’t love the main characters. There didn’t seem to be enough depth shown in either of them. I never got too involved in the story.

Clean romance.

Contemporary romance.
Marissa Chavez
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

Kelly and Squire were amazing together! I loved that they got a second chance to be together. Such a sweet story. ❤
Mar 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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This is my first story by Liz Isaacson which is the nom de plume for Elana Johnson. I'm not sure if under the Isaacson name, Johnson will exclusive write inspirational/christian/clean romances but this is that kind of story. I've read quite a few very good stories with those themes so I was very hopeful and really looking forward to this one.

The first book in her 'Three Ranch Rivers' series, the title 'Second Chance Ranch' pretty much describes the underlying theme of this story. It's the secon
Dixie-Lee Campbell
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Awesome ! I enjoyed this storyline very much. I read the 2nd book Third Time's a Charm in the series featuring Pete Marshall and Chelsea Ackerman, but easily transitioned back in time to enjoy the familiar setting on Three Rivers Ranch in "Second Chance Ranch." Major Squire Ackerman meets up with Kelly from his long ago past when returns home to the ranch after being injured in Afganistan .

Both are taken by surprise not expecting to bump into each other and quickly the life gets interesting and
Quinn Fforde
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This would have been a four-star read. The writing was good, and the grammar was fine. The end wraps up too quickly considering the psychological damage these two people have, but it's fiction. I can deal with it. But I absolutely could not deal with the fact that he was a major in the army, served in war zones, suffered from PTSD, but was still hung up on the prom. The. Prom. Because he had nothing else to worry about for the last 10 years??? I just couldn't swallow that. I almost DNFed this be ...more
Cindy Nipper
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the audio version of this book!

I was especially found of the discussion throughout this book about the affects of the war on the men and women who are fortunate enough to come home! The fears and disabilities, the emotional scars and the guilt brought a realness to this story and the Army Veteran who is our hero!

I love when authors, even fiction authors, bring real life issues into their writings! Not to necessarily voice their opinion (although there is a time for that) but for bringi
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Liz Isaacson writes inspirational cowboy romances. Her Three Rivers Ranch Romance series has multiple #1 bestsellers in half a dozen categories. She loves all things to do with contemporary cowboys, and will write romance in Texas, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, and anywhere else she can find horses and mountains. Find out more a

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