Luke Hanchart intends to do whatever it takes to ensure that no part of the Hanchart land falls into the hands of an outsider. He knows that costs associated with Shane’s illness and death are leaving Susan no choice but to sell out. Luke’s willing to pay the debts and allow her to stay in the home she’d shared with Shane for two years. She refuses. There’s no way she wants anything to do with Shane or his home. That leaves only one other option - marriage.
Luke and Susan had been friends before Shane stepped in and blackmailed Susan into marriage. He’d been there for her when her parents had been killed in a car wreck. He’d even introduced her to the mares on the ranch when she desperately needed something to keep her busy. Even after marrying Shane, Susan continued working with the mares and she’d miss them horribly when she leaves for Houston. Luke catches Susan saying her goodbyes to the mares and makes his final bid at keeping the land in the family. He asks Susan to marry him, only this will be no marriage of convenience. Luke wants a real wife, children and will not consider a divorce - ever! Luke has no idea about the true circumstances behind Susan and Shane’s marriage. How will he handle learning the truth?
Becky Barker’s HANCHART LAND is an awesome story. Readers will delight in Susan’s spirit and determination to protect those she loves, even if it does cost her more than she’s willing to pay. I practically pumped my fist in the air about half way through the story when I read how she dealt with Shane at one point. Sorry, you have to read the book for yourself to find out what happened, but I guarantee it’s kick butt and installs a "you go girl" attitude just reading it. Luke’s a great guy who’s been in love with Susan for years but doesn’t understand why she married Shane or if he can even trust her now. I loved the whole idea of this story. The passionate desire between Luke and Susan has burned bright over the years despite her marriage. You just know they are perfect for each other.