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Great start to a new series set in Marietta – To Wrangle a Rancher by Kelsey McKnight


Title:  To Wrangle a Rancher

Series: The Hollingsworth Sisters #1

Author: Kelsey McKnight

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Published: February 18th, 2021

Pages: 222

Rating: 4/5*


My Review:

I just couldn’t resist this – a contemporary romance, set in Marietta and the start of a new series by Kelsey McKnight . . . all pluses for me! This is a lovely story about families, with the three Hollingsworth sisters at the centre of it all. These young women inherited the home and ranch of their gran, a place where they spent brilliant summers, but they haven’t been back for years. After her father appointed her lazy cousin instead of her, simply because she’s a woman, Olivia decides to leave them to it for a while, knowing they’ll flounder. Meanwhile Olivia has decided to redevelop the property as part of a project to reinvigorate interest in the home improvement magazine her father’s publishing company are threatening to axe. What she hadn’t counted on was Kit Granger being the rancher next door who has looked after the property for them and is raising his cattle on the land. As the sparks fly between them is it plain antagonism or the start of something more important to them both?

Gosh, I really didn’t like Olivia’s Dad and his attitude to women! However, at least Olivia is starting to stand up to him and she’s certainly packing some surprises for him and others in this heartwarming read. The love of the area is there for them all and it is a warm, feel-good romance, delightful to escape into whatever the weather is doing. I enjoyed revisiting some familiar locations and catching up on some well known characters from other stories set in this marvellous Montana community, though you don’t need to have read any of them to appreciate and enjoy this one. I could really drink one of Sage’s cups of hot chocolate at the moment! It is a story where money could tear the couple apart – or help bring them together, a fun read and a great start to a new series. I can’t wait to read what happens to Olivia’s two sisters next!

Thanks to Tule Publishing for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.


Olivia Hollingsworth is shocked when she’s passed over for VP at Hollingsworth Publishing in favor of her do-nothing cousin. She’s worked harder than anyone and decides to take her talent elsewhere—restoring the failing home improvement magazine that her grandmother loved and her father is axing. Olivia heads to Montana with a plan and a tight timeline…until she comes face-to-face with a sexy as sin cowboy who just might out-stubborn her.

Kit Granger’s family has lived on the same Marietta cattle ranch for generations. But his father ran their business into the ground, leaving Kit to sell off parcels of land to slowly rebuild his family legacy. For years he’s had an agreement to graze his herd on Hollingsworth property in exchange for caretaking duties. And then the eldest Hollingsworth arrives. Her first demand? Corral his cows.

Kit’s not about to let a beautiful heiress derail everything he’s worked toward without a fight. Can they reach a compromise so that they both win without falling in love first?

Buy Link: Amazon

One comment on “Great start to a new series set in Marietta – To Wrangle a Rancher by Kelsey McKnight

  1. Carla
    February 19, 2021

    Nice review Elaine. I love books set in Marietta. I hope Olivia ended up strong, because I don’t like when dads think girls are only good to get married and have kids, not run a ranch or other business.


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