When intern Hunter Bowie arrives on her ranch to work for the summer, his engaging persona threatens Charlie's treasured reliving. Her interest in moving on as departed as her late husband, Hunter's youthful exuberance and guitar revives dreams she once laid to rest.
Hunter's presence stirs up everyone around the ranch, including her late husband's older brother, Cage McCloud. A near replica of Cash, Cage's very existence is a painstaking reminder of how much she has lost.
Unintentionally revealing the truth about Cash's death, Cage sets off a firestorm of emotions, ultimately propelling Charlie to face her future—hopefully one that includes him.
Cage is the elder brother of Cash and just seeing his close resemblance to her husband causes Charlie to get jittery. When a chance remark by him makes everything Charlie held strong to seem like flotsam on the wind, she doesn't quite know where to turn and then Hunter is there to help her remember that she didn't die when Cash did. The catalyst is set and this story is far from over as this family discovers just what being a family really means.
Just Not Ready Yet is my first book by Ms James and it's not exactly what I was expecting. I'm a huge romance reader and found this story to be so much more than a quest for romance and happiness. Charlie is a character who has many obstacles to overcome not least of them being her own guilt. The idea of moving on is anathema to her and indeed the only time she seems to feel at peace is when she remembers her time with Cash. She's a stubborn lady though, and resists moving forward but she's not the only one who can be hard headed and Cage is waiting in the wings to catch her if she falls. So, a huge surprise to me as initially it's Hunter who takes centre stage, but the lovely Cage certainly deserved his happy ending.
Fabulous supporting characters and even the horses had personalities which made me smile. Ms James includes lots of details about ranch life so has clearly done her homework. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the style this book is written in and it took me a while to become hooked. I do personally enjoy first person narratives and this felt more like having a stilted narrator tell the story at times. That being said if you are looking for an uplifting story about overcoming obstacles to secure a happy future, then Just Not Ready Yet might just be the next book in your to be read pile!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.