After her fiance commits suicide, Chelsea Ackerman returns to the family ranch to heal her broken heart and to run the family's homestead so her parents can retire. While there, she meets her brother's old army buddy, First Lieutenant Pete Marshall, who came to the ranch to work when he was released from medical care after sustaining burns when his unit's tank exploded while deployed overseas. But Pete wants more out of his life and finds the courage to start Courage Reins, an equine therapy program for veterans and others suffering from trauma and loss. Believing that the therapy program could benefit Chelsea as she struggles with her conflicting emotions over her fiance's death, Pete recruits her to help him train the horses- all the while desiring to spend more time with her personally, as well. The two fall in love and want to have a future together, but their relationship stalls when Pete insists on building Courage Reins so he can provide for Chelsea.
Third Time's the Charm was delightful to read! As one who personally suffers from depression and anxiety, I felt Isaacson took a very brave approach with Chelsea's conflicting emotions regarding the emotional trauma she experienced in her relationship with Danny. Depression is tough- not only for the one who suffers from it but also for family and friends connected with that person. Chelsea and Pete were a good match for each other. Again, I applaud Isaacson for being bold in Chelsea's assessment of Pete's injuries- it was unexpected and yet was a perfect example of how acceptance and love look in a relationship. Pete's old fashioned desire to be the "provider" was so sweet, and the depth of love he felt for Chelsea came through the pages. I enjoyed the "I'm in love with your sister" talk between Pete and Squire in the garage, too! Heartwarming all around!
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Liz Isaacson is the pen name for Elana Johnson as she writes inspirational romances. She loves all things cowboys, and will write romance in Texas, Montana, and anywhere else she can find horses and mountains. Find her at http://lizisaacson.com.