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Waitress and single mother Louise Olson wouldn’t have missed church to stay home with her sick daughter if she knew the congregation was going to volunteer her to head up the town’s Harvest Festival. Truth be told, she didn’t mind, and would have enjoyed it. The problem was Sweet Water’s superstar hockey golden boy was back in town, and he had been named her co-chair. Tha Waitress and single mother Louise Olson wouldn’t have missed church to stay home with her sick daughter if she knew the congregation was going to volunteer her to head up the town’s Harvest Festival. Truth be told, she didn’t mind, and would have enjoyed it. The problem was Sweet Water’s superstar hockey golden boy was back in town, and he had been named her co-chair. That even wouldn’t be a problem except he didn’t know he was a father – of her daughter. Hockey forward Ty Hanson grew up on a ranch in Sweet Water, North Dakota, but once he left for college he never went home. He wouldn’t be there now except for the off-season injury his agent wanted kept secret so it didn’t affect his marketability, so he was to hang out in Sweet Water, North Dakota until the season started. His first Sunday back in the church of his childhood, he gets selected as a volunteer to co-chair the Harvest Fest committee with the girl he could never forget. When Ty and Louise are forced to work together, Louise is compelled to tell Ty the secret she’s kept from everyone. The attraction between them still burns strong, but Louise was on the verge of getting married and years of neglect and betrayal lie between her and her accidental summer fling. Will Ty pick up his cowboy hat and come back home? Can he convince Louise that he’ll stay this time? Books in the Sweet Water Ranch Billionaire Cowboy series: 1. Cowboys Don’t Marry Their Best Friend 2. Cowboys Don’t Have a Secret Baby 3. Cowboys Don’t Marry the Beauty 4. Cowboys Don’t Have a Fake Marriage With Their Best Friend’s Sister 5. Cowboys Don't Have a Marriage of Convenience 6. Cowboys Don't Believe in Fairy Tales 7. Cowboys Don't Have a Secret Romance


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Waitress and single mother Louise Olson wouldn’t have missed church to stay home with her sick daughter if she knew the congregation was going to volunteer her to head up the town’s Harvest Festival. Truth be told, she didn’t mind, and would have enjoyed it. The problem was Sweet Water’s superstar hockey golden boy was back in town, and he had been named her co-chair. Tha Waitress and single mother Louise Olson wouldn’t have missed church to stay home with her sick daughter if she knew the congregation was going to volunteer her to head up the town’s Harvest Festival. Truth be told, she didn’t mind, and would have enjoyed it. The problem was Sweet Water’s superstar hockey golden boy was back in town, and he had been named her co-chair. That even wouldn’t be a problem except he didn’t know he was a father – of her daughter. Hockey forward Ty Hanson grew up on a ranch in Sweet Water, North Dakota, but once he left for college he never went home. He wouldn’t be there now except for the off-season injury his agent wanted kept secret so it didn’t affect his marketability, so he was to hang out in Sweet Water, North Dakota until the season started. His first Sunday back in the church of his childhood, he gets selected as a volunteer to co-chair the Harvest Fest committee with the girl he could never forget. When Ty and Louise are forced to work together, Louise is compelled to tell Ty the secret she’s kept from everyone. The attraction between them still burns strong, but Louise was on the verge of getting married and years of neglect and betrayal lie between her and her accidental summer fling. Will Ty pick up his cowboy hat and come back home? Can he convince Louise that he’ll stay this time? Books in the Sweet Water Ranch Billionaire Cowboy series: 1. Cowboys Don’t Marry Their Best Friend 2. Cowboys Don’t Have a Secret Baby 3. Cowboys Don’t Marry the Beauty 4. Cowboys Don’t Have a Fake Marriage With Their Best Friend’s Sister 5. Cowboys Don't Have a Marriage of Convenience 6. Cowboys Don't Believe in Fairy Tales 7. Cowboys Don't Have a Secret Romance

30 review for Cowboys Don't Have a Secret Baby

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this story of Louise and Ty. The writing was engaging and the author wrote the female heroine strong, not as a blubbering, wishy-washy female. She was unselfish and did so much for everyone else even with bad things that were thrown her way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joan Arning

    Life continues in Sweet Water with single mother, Louise, and hockey star, Ty. Louise is a hard working woman who provides for her child and cares for her grandparents and has never given a hint about the father of Tella. Ty has more money than he knows what to do with and does the math when he returns to Sweet Water and meets Louise's eight year old daughter. If you like hockey and cowboys, you will enjoy this story of real love. I received a complimentary copy of Cowboys Don't Have a Secret Ba Life continues in Sweet Water with single mother, Louise, and hockey star, Ty. Louise is a hard working woman who provides for her child and cares for her grandparents and has never given a hint about the father of Tella. Ty has more money than he knows what to do with and does the math when he returns to Sweet Water and meets Louise's eight year old daughter. If you like hockey and cowboys, you will enjoy this story of real love. I received a complimentary copy of Cowboys Don't Have a Secret Baby from the author. This is my honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Phylis Carpenter

    Ty and Louise were best friends and secretly they started seeing each other down by the river. Ty left to go to college and to become a major hockey star. He had a fight with his father that night. But later that night his father had a heart attack and passed away. Ty didn't come home for over 9 years. Then he came home to see his mother. He ran into Louise and while he was at home for a month he found out that he was a dad. Louise had been pregnant the last time she had seen Ty for his father's Ty and Louise were best friends and secretly they started seeing each other down by the river. Ty left to go to college and to become a major hockey star. He had a fight with his father that night. But later that night his father had a heart attack and passed away. Ty didn't come home for over 9 years. Then he came home to see his mother. He ran into Louise and while he was at home for a month he found out that he was a dad. Louise had been pregnant the last time she had seen Ty for his father's funeral but she hadn't known that. She found out later. But she didn't tell him or anyone because she wanted him to get his college education and become the hockey star that he had. Now can she trust him again and can they become more than friends. Check out the book I just couldn't put it down.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Brickert

    Excellent Great story! Super sweet and so heartwarming! I loved it! Read straight through. Great characters and a good addition to the series! Can't wait to read on! Great read! Excellent Great story! Super sweet and so heartwarming! I loved it! Read straight through. Great characters and a good addition to the series! Can't wait to read on! Great read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    E-Reader Addict

    I am a sucker for second-chance romances. But secret babies? Those are my kryptonite. I am seven books behind in my ARC reading, see a secret baby book, and next thing I know I’m tapping the one-click button. Usually I don’t have regrets about doing so. This time, I have mixed feelings. Ty and Louise had a clandestine “affair” the summer before he went off to college and she was a senior in high school. When a tragic event rocked Ty’s family, he went off to school without saying goodbye to Louise I am a sucker for second-chance romances. But secret babies? Those are my kryptonite. I am seven books behind in my ARC reading, see a secret baby book, and next thing I know I’m tapping the one-click button. Usually I don’t have regrets about doing so. This time, I have mixed feelings. Ty and Louise had a clandestine “affair” the summer before he went off to college and she was a senior in high school. When a tragic event rocked Ty’s family, he went off to school without saying goodbye to Louise, then never contacted her for nine years. When Louise found out she was pregnant a month after Ty left, she kept waiting for him, but when several months passed without a word, she went on in life, never naming the father of her child. Instead of chasing her dreams of being a doctor or researcher, she lives with her grandparents, brother and sister-in-law, and her eight year old daughter, and works as a waitress in the local diner. Now Ty has come home to recuperate from an injury, intending to rehab his leg and be ready to go when the hockey season starts in a month. While he’s home, he volunteers at church to help with a town festival. Of course he’s paired to work with Louise… There were several things I liked about this book. The first thing Ty does when speaking to Louise for the first time in nine years is apologize. And he keeps apologizing. He understands he broke her trust, and knows it’s going to take time and work to earn it back. He doesn’t expect his good looks and charm to work like magic in erasing his sins. I love a hero who gives good grovel, and Ty did pretty well. I also like how the reveal of his child went down and how Ty and Louise handled it. Did I agree with Louise’s reasons for not reaching out to let him know he was a father? This time I kinda did. But I liked how when the secret was revealed, Ty didn’t rant and rave and blow up at Louise. He had a justifiable amount of anger, but then was able to understand the reasoning behind Louise’s actions. And nothing makes me happier than seeing a couple take their time getting back together. Especially when one party has been so grievously hurt by the other, it was so great to see them move at a realistic pace. However, there were also several things I didn’t like, starting with this whole “get a billion dollars for getting married by December” malarkey. What the heck was that all about??? This is book two in the series, but it’s not a continuation of the first book, meaning a reader should be able to pick up any book and not be confused. Was it explained better in book one? Because it wasn’t here. All the reader knows is Louise and her brother got a letter saying they’d get one billion dollars for getting married and living in North Dakota, and it was apparently legit because her brother got married and was given the money. First of all, that’s just ridiculous. Okay, this is fiction, and I suspend my belief in reality continually while reading (exhibit A: I’ve read the Twilight series...multiple times). But someone has TWO billion dollars to give away??? (And it may be more - I have no idea how many others in this series may have gotten this offer, but I'm assuming more because the series is named Sweet Water Ranch Billionaire Cowboys.) That’s just ridiculous. Why not make it one million, or five million? Which is also unbelievable, but at least not a ridiculous amount of money. Anyway, not only was the money situation unbelievably unrealistic, I didn’t care for what it did to the story arc in the book. Ty and Louise getting reacquainted after all this time apart is compelling enough without throwing in some silly need for Louise to get married so she can get money. The other thing that made this story go sideways for me was the waffling between a contemporary story, and characters who behaved a little old fashioned - specifically Louise’s brothers. This book has some minor religious overtones - they go to church, talk about God’s purpose in their lives, and there’s no swearing or overt references to sex. They barely even kiss! Those aren’t bad things, and I even appreciate a clean romance as long as the storytelling is the primary purpose of the book (instead of proselytizing) - which was definitely the case here. But the whole “sitting close to someone in church means you’re getting married” seemed less small town “rules” and more “this book takes place in 1890” which seemed completely out of place, especially considering the hero is a professional hockey player. Or maybe it’s just me. Cowboys Don’t Have a Secret Baby started out strong, and had several aspects that I liked. But ultimately, the last half of the book took a nosedive when it came to believability and realism. And to add further insult to injury, the epilogue dealt less with Ty and Louise’s happily-ever-after and more about setting up the next book. At this point, I’m not sure I’m all that interested in the next book - or the rest of the series. This book was such a mixed bag (and also there’s the issue of my giant ARC list) that I’m not sure if I want to take a chance on anymore Sweet Water Ranch Billionaire Cowboys books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Allie Bock

    I just loved this one. The characters had hurt each other so much it was fun to see them try to get along in a small town. This was a fun read with an adorable secret child and discovering second chance love.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Wasden

    Louise had loved Ty Hanson and he had left her and never returned like he promised that he would. Nine years later and he has returned to their small town in North Dakota to recuperate from surgery out of the spotlight. He is a successful hockey player in the NHL. He knows he hurt Louise when he left and so much time has gone by now that he doesn’t know if he can get her to forgive him and give him a second chance. No other woman has ever measured up to her. Louise had a secret she didn’t want T Louise had loved Ty Hanson and he had left her and never returned like he promised that he would. Nine years later and he has returned to their small town in North Dakota to recuperate from surgery out of the spotlight. He is a successful hockey player in the NHL. He knows he hurt Louise when he left and so much time has gone by now that he doesn’t know if he can get her to forgive him and give him a second chance. No other woman has ever measured up to her. Louise had a secret she didn’t want Ty to know about so she had to keep her distance. But, his first Sunday in town, he had been volunteered to co-chair the town’s Harvest Festival and, in her absence, she was volunteered to help him. When they were forced to work together, she knew she would have to tell Ty her secret; the secret she had kept from everyone. Even though she still is attracted to him would she be able to forgive him for betraying her trust? Would he just hurt her again? Could her heart take it once again? I have read the Baxter Boys series by this author and enjoyed it very much. I’m excited to this new series that takes place in Sweet Water, North Dakota. I skipped the first book in the series but I am looking forward to going back to read Palmer and Ames’ story. Her characters have depth and emotion and there is chemistry and romance. The story is clean without descriptive sex and foul language. I was given an arc copy of this book and I willingly offer my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebmay

    Ty is pro hockey player back in his hometown for the first time in nine years. He sustained an injury off ice that his agent wants to keep quiet about, and his hometown offers him a place to recuperate out of the limelight. His hometown holds many memories for him, the worst being the death of his dad, the best being the sweet girl he left behind. Louise is a single mom of an adorable eight year old daughter, Tella. She is holding down two jobs, as well as helping out on the family ranch and tak Ty is pro hockey player back in his hometown for the first time in nine years. He sustained an injury off ice that his agent wants to keep quiet about, and his hometown offers him a place to recuperate out of the limelight. His hometown holds many memories for him, the worst being the death of his dad, the best being the sweet girl he left behind. Louise is a single mom of an adorable eight year old daughter, Tella. She is holding down two jobs, as well as helping out on the family ranch and taking care of her elderly grandparents. She has recently been offered a billion dollar inheritance if she marries and settles down to live in North Dakota. With so much on her plate, she is considering claiming her inheritance by marrying a man she doesn’t love. When Ty comes back to town, Louise knows sooner or later everyone is going to find out about her secret....he is her daughter’s father. Ty and Louise’s reunion is not a happy one, at least for her. He struggles to get on her good side. He knows now his biggest mistake was leaving her behind and never making an effort to contact her again. He has never forgotten her and hopes to reconnect with her, at least in friendship, though he is hoping for so much more. When they are given the task of jointly chairing an upcoming festival, they have a chance to reconnect, to learn more about each other. Both had made assumptions about the life of the other, and both had never forgotten what they had once shared. When Louise’s secret is revealed, Ty is at first angry, then ashamed and filled with guilt. The events surrounding his dad’s death drove him away, and now he realizes he must make amends to Louise and Tella. He strives to get closer to these two important females in his life, and makes an effort to slowly gain back Louise’s trust. But they both know he is leaving again to play hockey. Can she trust him, and his plans for the future? Can they really have a future together, like they planned all those years ago? The characters in this book are true to life, vivid and absolutely fascinating. It is easy to become immersed in their story, to want to discover how their story unfolds. The glimpses into lives of the secondary characters, and Palmer and Ames from the first book in this series, are thoughtfully dispersed throughout this book and make it so much more enjoyable to read. I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    J Young

    This series just keeps getting better and better! Louise Olson and Ty Hanson are proof that it only takes once. Their secret high school romance ended when Ty left the small town of Sweet Water, North Dakota to become a super-star in the NHL, but he left behind more than just memories of their time together. Louise is now a single-mother struggling to get by on the paycheck of a waitress and part time editor, care for her aging parents, and be a good mother to Tella; her nine-year-old daughter. H This series just keeps getting better and better! Louise Olson and Ty Hanson are proof that it only takes once. Their secret high school romance ended when Ty left the small town of Sweet Water, North Dakota to become a super-star in the NHL, but he left behind more than just memories of their time together. Louise is now a single-mother struggling to get by on the paycheck of a waitress and part time editor, care for her aging parents, and be a good mother to Tella; her nine-year-old daughter. Her lofty dreams of college and a successful career in medical research were set aside and she endured a year of hell as a pregnant, unmarried, high school senior. Louise kept the identity of her baby’s father a secret from everyone, including her family; never even telling Ty she was pregnant. Tella is an avid hockey fan, never knowing that her favorite pro player is actually her father and now Ty is back in Sweet Water, recovering from a serious injury. Running into Louise at the diner was a pleasant surprise and he is looking forward to picking up where they left off as teenagers. When Louise finds herself serving with Ty as co-chairs of the Harvest Festival she knows the time has come to reveal all, especially since Tella cannot wait to meet him. The pace is excellent and the author weaves the romance between Ty and Louise into their everyday lives in a believable storyline. The book is a lovely romantic escape for an afternoon or a couple of evenings.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather W

    A heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story. Ty is a famous hockey superstar who is out due to an injury. Since his agent wants to keep the injury a secret, Ty heads back to his home town to be with his family. While there, he sees his first love with another man and the memories come flooding back. No woman has ever made him feel the emotions that he felt with Louise. Could they be together again, knowing that he will be leaving again? Louise is horrified that Ty is back in town. When he left A heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story. Ty is a famous hockey superstar who is out due to an injury. Since his agent wants to keep the injury a secret, Ty heads back to his home town to be with his family. While there, he sees his first love with another man and the memories come flooding back. No woman has ever made him feel the emotions that he felt with Louise. Could they be together again, knowing that he will be leaving again? Louise is horrified that Ty is back in town. When he left town to pursue college and hockey, neither of them was aware that she was pregnant with his daughter, Tella. Since he never contacted Louise after leaving town, she never told him about the child. No one in her family even knew who Tella's father was. She is now engaged to Paul who would make a wonderful father to Tella. How could Ty compete with that? I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Normand

    I received an ARC from the author; this is my honest review. -You gotta love a small-town story and what it all entails. Gossip, mean people, supportive friends and family, hard work for everyone, resilience. -You will laugh, cry, cringe, thunk your forehead and shake your head. -Ty & Louise's story is not an easy one to talk about. There are so much details that could be taken right or wrong from everyone in town to the readers. -I felt for Sawyer and Palmer; my brothers are the same way. I'm the I received an ARC from the author; this is my honest review. -You gotta love a small-town story and what it all entails. Gossip, mean people, supportive friends and family, hard work for everyone, resilience. -You will laugh, cry, cringe, thunk your forehead and shake your head. -Ty & Louise's story is not an easy one to talk about. There are so much details that could be taken right or wrong from everyone in town to the readers. -I felt for Sawyer and Palmer; my brothers are the same way. I'm the youngest. I don't know if Louise is the youngest but she's the only girl. So I really liked the scene where the pieces of the puzzle come together one by one. Poor Ty! But he reacted in a believable way, towards Louise, Tella and the brothers. -Ty & Louise each paid the price of their actions in their own way. Ty a bit later, but still had to let go of something. -I like that the author adds an epilogue; it usually brings you to the next book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    As much as I enjoyed book one in the series, this one just ran away with a 5+ stars rating. The story of Louise Olson and Ty Hanson is a sweet ,clean , touching , at times heartbreaking but also heartwarming story. Two individuals that fell in love but on the one and only time they became one, the world around them changed their lives forever. Ty left to become a famous hockey player with little contact with the town, and Louise was left to pick up the pieces and bring up a darling daughter. A girl As much as I enjoyed book one in the series, this one just ran away with a 5+ stars rating. The story of Louise Olson and Ty Hanson is a sweet ,clean , touching , at times heartbreaking but also heartwarming story. Two individuals that fell in love but on the one and only time they became one, the world around them changed their lives forever. Ty left to become a famous hockey player with little contact with the town, and Louise was left to pick up the pieces and bring up a darling daughter. A girl whose father’s name was never mentioned and one he knows nothing about. Little did they know that when Ty returns 9 years later, everyone’s life will change once again. But will Ty stay this time, or will he once again leave behind everyone he loves? Another winner by this talented author. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ballet in AK

    I love series where we start to care about side characters and then get to have their story! Louise’s story is as common as original sin and as special as a unconditional love. Her character is written with the perfect balance of strength, self-sacrifice, loyalty and vulnerability. Ty and Louise’s love story is a joy to read! (The phone saga at the end is classic! I was definitely chuckling a few times!) As I read these books, there’s an authenticity that makes me think they are based on a real c I love series where we start to care about side characters and then get to have their story! Louise’s story is as common as original sin and as special as a unconditional love. Her character is written with the perfect balance of strength, self-sacrifice, loyalty and vulnerability. Ty and Louise’s love story is a joy to read! (The phone saga at the end is classic! I was definitely chuckling a few times!) As I read these books, there’s an authenticity that makes me think they are based on a real community. I've also listened to this book on Audible and it is very well acted! I highly recommend listening! The voice actor just SOUNDS like a cowboy! I can’t wait for Ford’s story because he acts like a heel and needs some humility followed by some love and acceptance. *poor, **ok, ***good****very good*****something special

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lori R

    I am really enjoying this series and this book was so much fun to read. It is full of hope, romance, and second chances. Ty is a sexy, hockey player who does not know he has a daughter and Louise is the girl he fell in love with back in high school but he did not know that then. Nine years later Ty is ready to return home to North Dakota only to discover Louise is his one true love. I liked how close knit the families were and I especially liked what both Ty and Louise were willing to give up fo I am really enjoying this series and this book was so much fun to read. It is full of hope, romance, and second chances. Ty is a sexy, hockey player who does not know he has a daughter and Louise is the girl he fell in love with back in high school but he did not know that then. Nine years later Ty is ready to return home to North Dakota only to discover Louise is his one true love. I liked how close knit the families were and I especially liked what both Ty and Louise were willing to give up for each other. I cannot wait to read more books in this series because I really like the characters and the stories. I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ferrari-Johnson

    Seasons Change Hockey superstar Ty Hanson has returned to Sweetwater to recoup from a non work related injury. His first Sunday home he volunteers to co-chair the upcoming annual Harvest Fest. He has no idea who the other person is as she was volunteered by people in the congregation. Louise stayed home to nurse her sick daughter and wasn't too surprised to learn she was volunteered to organize the Harvest Fest. She is terrified to learn that her co-chair is none other than Ty Hanson. No one, incl Seasons Change Hockey superstar Ty Hanson has returned to Sweetwater to recoup from a non work related injury. His first Sunday home he volunteers to co-chair the upcoming annual Harvest Fest. He has no idea who the other person is as she was volunteered by people in the congregation. Louise stayed home to nurse her sick daughter and wasn't too surprised to learn she was volunteered to organize the Harvest Fest. She is terrified to learn that her co-chair is none other than Ty Hanson. No one, including Ty, know that her daughter is also his. She's never breathed a word. When Ty, her brothers and the town find out, everything falls apart and Louise is left wondering if everyone can forgive her~

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Overcash

    Things you say in anger can affect your entire life. Ty left home after an argument with his dad, and his dad died before Ty could cry peace. Guilt makes us do things we regret. Louise is the girl Ty left behind. Louise never let Ty know that their one night together had left her with a baby girl. She never told anyone who the father of the child is. What do you think happens when he comes home and finds out her secret? This story reads true to real-life choices. The reader will feel for all the ch Things you say in anger can affect your entire life. Ty left home after an argument with his dad, and his dad died before Ty could cry peace. Guilt makes us do things we regret. Louise is the girl Ty left behind. Louise never let Ty know that their one night together had left her with a baby girl. She never told anyone who the father of the child is. What do you think happens when he comes home and finds out her secret? This story reads true to real-life choices. The reader will feel for all the characters involved. How can a dad resist a child for whom he is a hero? How can he forgive his secret love for not telling him about his child? How can Louise forgive Ty for his free-wheeling lifestyle and never looking back?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    He left her to deal with it all and never looked back. She had believed in him and in them and part of her died a little when he didn’t contact her. Raising their child and living in the small town where everyone knew everything wasn’t easy but she never revealed her daughters father. Now he’s back and there’s more than a spark there. Oh how I loved the back and forth and angst with this book. I have to admit there were times when I wanted to tell her to suck it up but then she would show her gu He left her to deal with it all and never looked back. She had believed in him and in them and part of her died a little when he didn’t contact her. Raising their child and living in the small town where everyone knew everything wasn’t easy but she never revealed her daughters father. Now he’s back and there’s more than a spark there. Oh how I loved the back and forth and angst with this book. I have to admit there were times when I wanted to tell her to suck it up but then she would show her gumption and strength. It’s a second chance clean romance and I absolutely loved how the author brought it all together.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Peni

    An excellent story and very realistic. It was the '70's since I lived in ND but the atmosphere was much like this when I did. I know that things are a bit different now but there is much that is the same. My dad's Norwegian family is similar and expectations high. I liked how Ty worked to gain trust again and willing to wait. I was a little disappointed in the final decision about hockey. Money is a powerful motivator. Jay Dyess did a good job narrating. I did notice that as the story progressed An excellent story and very realistic. It was the '70's since I lived in ND but the atmosphere was much like this when I did. I know that things are a bit different now but there is much that is the same. My dad's Norwegian family is similar and expectations high. I liked how Ty worked to gain trust again and willing to wait. I was a little disappointed in the final decision about hockey. Money is a powerful motivator. Jay Dyess did a good job narrating. I did notice that as the story progressed his female voices were sounding more raspy and strained. Maybe overuse? I recieved a free Audible copy of this story, at my request, in exchange for a honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    Louise was one of the smartest girls in high school. She became valedictorian her senior year, but never gave her speech. On graduation night, she went into labor, pregnant by a boy she never told any one about. For nine years, she never told. Then one day he returns to Sweet Water for a friends wedding. He sees her waitressing and wonders why someone so smart was still in Sweet Water as a waitress. He figured she would be long gone in some big city. He was a famous hockey star, something he had Louise was one of the smartest girls in high school. She became valedictorian her senior year, but never gave her speech. On graduation night, she went into labor, pregnant by a boy she never told any one about. For nine years, she never told. Then one day he returns to Sweet Water for a friends wedding. He sees her waitressing and wonders why someone so smart was still in Sweet Water as a waitress. He figured she would be long gone in some big city. He was a famous hockey star, something he had always dreamed of becoming and he made it big. He loved the game, but now he had a bigger game to play. Read this book. You won't be disappointed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Franki

    For the last eight years and 40 weeks, Louise carried around a secret, the identity of the father of the daughter she gave birth to on the night of her high school graduation. So what if she never went on a single date and missed her valedictorian speech. That was her life. Ty comes back to town for his best friend’s wedding. He receives a hero’s welcome, because of his status as a hockey star, from everyone, except Louise. She was the smartest girl that he ever knew, and she is still in their ho For the last eight years and 40 weeks, Louise carried around a secret, the identity of the father of the daughter she gave birth to on the night of her high school graduation. So what if she never went on a single date and missed her valedictorian speech. That was her life. Ty comes back to town for his best friend’s wedding. He receives a hero’s welcome, because of his status as a hockey star, from everyone, except Louise. She was the smartest girl that he ever knew, and she is still in their hometown, working as a waitress. Ty has a lot to answer for and a lot of questions of his own. This was truly a great read! I can’t wait to read more from this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elouise

    This story starts with a hockey giant in his home town for the off season recuperating from a leg injury. His former girl didn't want anything to do with him because he had not kept in touch after he left 10 years earlier. Ty tried to rekindle their relationship, but Louise would have nothing to do with that since he had up and left without keeping in touch with her. He did not know he had a daughter with her. This romantic story has lots of angst in it. After such a long time, there were secret This story starts with a hockey giant in his home town for the off season recuperating from a leg injury. His former girl didn't want anything to do with him because he had not kept in touch after he left 10 years earlier. Ty tried to rekindle their relationship, but Louise would have nothing to do with that since he had up and left without keeping in touch with her. He did not know he had a daughter with her. This romantic story has lots of angst in it. After such a long time, there were secrets that needed telling, misconceptions to right and time to make up for, This story is written with a lot of feeling, and keeps the reader's interest very well. Excellent story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I don't know how she does it but Jessie Gussman, the author, always manages to take a familiar genre and make it fresh. That's just what happened in this book. The characters, Ty and Louise, have a lot of baggage in their past and a young daughter that Louise failed to disclose to Ty. Neither character is perfect but they are both lovable and when they meet up after nine years apart, the spark is still there. I really am loving this series and look forward to the next book. I enjoyed reading thi I don't know how she does it but Jessie Gussman, the author, always manages to take a familiar genre and make it fresh. That's just what happened in this book. The characters, Ty and Louise, have a lot of baggage in their past and a young daughter that Louise failed to disclose to Ty. Neither character is perfect but they are both lovable and when they meet up after nine years apart, the spark is still there. I really am loving this series and look forward to the next book. I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vicki or Dennis Johnson

    A nice addition to this new series by Jessie Gussman set in North Dakota. This story is about Louise, Palmer's sister from the first book, and the father of her daughter, Ty. A very sweet story about their time together before her senior year in high school, her pregnancy, Ty having no knowledge of Tessa, and the fact that his love for Louise is still present. A clean, sweet romance that has a definite feel good ending. I received an ARC copy of this book. This is my voluntary, honest and complete A nice addition to this new series by Jessie Gussman set in North Dakota. This story is about Louise, Palmer's sister from the first book, and the father of her daughter, Ty. A very sweet story about their time together before her senior year in high school, her pregnancy, Ty having no knowledge of Tessa, and the fact that his love for Louise is still present. A clean, sweet romance that has a definite feel good ending. I received an ARC copy of this book. This is my voluntary, honest and completely personal review. VICKI FROM WYOMING

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Aquino

    Pregnant and abandoned And in a very conservative town. Still in high school. Oh, how my heart aches. Nine years later, the boy who left has returned a man. And his world is turned upside down as he realizes what he had left behind. But her world lays shattered at her feet as the man who fathered her child looks at her with mounting anger while realization dawns. And her brothers, who had not been able to protect her when she was young, turn on the man who had caused her such turmoil. Not because Pregnant and abandoned And in a very conservative town. Still in high school. Oh, how my heart aches. Nine years later, the boy who left has returned a man. And his world is turned upside down as he realizes what he had left behind. But her world lays shattered at her feet as the man who fathered her child looks at her with mounting anger while realization dawns. And her brothers, who had not been able to protect her when she was young, turn on the man who had caused her such turmoil. Not because of her daughter, but because of her abandonment. Buy the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    kristen sniadowski

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Gussman does a great job of developing likable characters and writing an interesting story line. This was a clean book, with a few references to words like frig, crap, and darn. There wasn't much of that in there, but enough to warrant mentioning. I have enjoyed all of this series that I have read so far, but each of them does have the above words I mentioned. *I listened to the audible version of this book and really enjoyed the way the narrator read the s I really enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Gussman does a great job of developing likable characters and writing an interesting story line. This was a clean book, with a few references to words like frig, crap, and darn. There wasn't much of that in there, but enough to warrant mentioning. I have enjoyed all of this series that I have read so far, but each of them does have the above words I mentioned. *I listened to the audible version of this book and really enjoyed the way the narrator read the story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    Hockey Dad This was another good read by Jessie Gussman. Louise has a secret that not even her family knows, one she has kept for almost nine years. Complications build when the town's hockey star comes home due to an injury because Ty was Louise's heart throb in high school. This book contains tears, laughter, fun, heartache, anger, and love. I recommend the Sweet Water Ranch series without reservations. I received a complimentary copy and have chosen on my own to give an honest review. Hockey Dad This was another good read by Jessie Gussman. Louise has a secret that not even her family knows, one she has kept for almost nine years. Complications build when the town's hockey star comes home due to an injury because Ty was Louise's heart throb in high school. This book contains tears, laughter, fun, heartache, anger, and love. I recommend the Sweet Water Ranch series without reservations. I received a complimentary copy and have chosen on my own to give an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aurélie

    This second book of the series is just as captivating as the first one. The emotions of the characters are so relatable that one easily becomes immersed in their lives. I will not tell anything about the story - I don’t want to kill the suspense. You just need to know that it is great and that you will enjoy reading it. It is definitely worth your time. Again, the bridge to the next book is presented during the epilogue in a way that makes you impatient to already start reading the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    I have read many of Jessie's stories and have thoroughly enjoyed them! This one too has many twists & turns along the way as everyone tries to decide where their heart is & what their future should look like. The choices Louise made say love so clearly that it doesn't take Ty long to recognize her motives. I don't want to give you a peek at the end of this book because getting there is such an enjoyable journey. Just know that following their progress will be worth your attention. I have read many of Jessie's stories and have thoroughly enjoyed them! This one too has many twists & turns along the way as everyone tries to decide where their heart is & what their future should look like. The choices Louise made say love so clearly that it doesn't take Ty long to recognize her motives. I don't want to give you a peek at the end of this book because getting there is such an enjoyable journey. Just know that following their progress will be worth your attention.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy Petrowich

    Great book! Ok just to be real, these characters just about made me throw my kindle! They were bull-headed and lacked the ability to communicate! I was so glad when that changed! And then well you just need to read the book. The characters are great, the plot is deep and flows very well and the end wraps everything up quite nicely while making you beg for another book which thankfully is also available.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nati

    After nine years Ty is back Sweet Waters for the summer. When he has to cochair the Harvest Festival with Louise, his crush before he left to college and play hockey, his feeling toward Louise resurface with force. But Louise has a secret from nine years ago and doesn’t trust Ty. Ty will fight to win back Louise and show her he didn’t stop loving her. Jessie’s love story is wonderful and Jay Dyess makes an amazing job telling the story in the audiobook.

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