Lauraine Snelling writes her final book in the Wild West Winds Series called A Place to Belong. Cassie is back at the Engstrom ranch recovering from her gun shot and trying to get strong enough to get back to winning shooting contests and making some money to live off of. Lucas has sworn that he will get her to fall in love with him, but her heart only cares for him as a brother. Of course, marrying him would solve a lot of her problems and maybe she could grow to love him in the way she should love a husband. So many decisions to make. Will Cassie make the right choices?
I've enjoyed reading this series by Lauraine Snelling. Cassie has had to grow up quite a bit being left with only a horse, trailer, a buffalo, dog and some cattle. She has been kinda naive understandably and it was interesting to see Mavis step in and fill the role as "mother" for her. Ransom has been leery of Cassie from the beginning since she showed them the deed to half of the ranch. But slowly he has been softening to the idea of her living there. Lucas rushes right into things without thinking them through, and that has really gotten him into trouble in this book. Gretchen is like the sister that Cassie never had and they have become great friends. Cassie finally has a family and a place that she can call home after so many years without one. The characters have been likable and each has had to grow up in different ways. It was also fun to read about the new things going on at this time in history. Mavis and Cassie took an adventurous ride on a trolley for the first time, and saw all the new things a major city had to offer. So many things have changed since that time, and it's fun to read about what the characters thought of these new inventions. I will say that this final book was a bit slow at the beginning, and I had a hard time getting into it at first. But, after things started picking up (around chapter 7 or so), I went through the book pretty quickly. The last few chapters were really good and the ending was complete. Lauraine definitely tied up all the loose ends and ended the series well. I'm kind of sad that I won't be reading anymore stories about Cassie and the Engstrom family. I'll definitely be looking up some of Lauraine Snellings other books. If you're looking for a good series, I would recommend picking this one up. It was good.
**I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.