"A heartbreaking story of two adolescents finding their way back to love as adults."
Reviewed by Kay Quintin
Posted June 27, 2012
Romance Series | Romance
Amanda Markette worked hard for her own law firm in
Melbourne, Florida, specializing in family law. Her
father, Tom, pushes for her to rejoin the Markette Ropin'
Team which for years has performed at events and rodeos.
Growing up Mandy performed constantly and has a wall full
of trophies to prove it. This is no longer her dream.
Mandy is stunned when she learns her new client is the ex-
wife of Mitchell Goodwin, an attorney in the DA's office
and her old forgotten love. As teens she and Mitchell
attended Camp Bridle Catch where a summer love was
ignited. Mitch walked away from Mandy at summer's end and
never contacted her again, leaving her hurt and
disillusioned with love.
Karen Goodwin, after having deserted her daughter as an
infant, is now back and filing for full custody of 4 year old,
Hailey. Mitch is thrown for a loop and hurt seeing Mandy in
court and against him. There is concern for Hailey's safety
in Mitch's care and the judge being sympathetic to the
mother schedules a court date a
few months in the future, but not before granting her
Even though Mitch is able to prove he wouldn't harm Hailey
and she is safe in his care
the judge still gives Karen custody and
permission to move 200 miles away. Devastated by the turn
of events as well as blaming Mandy for keeping important
evidence away from him, he walks away. With custody decided
everyone can go back to their lives or can they?
RODEO DAUGHTER is a nostalgic tale of two adolescents
falling in love and later finding their way back to each
other. I was heartbroken for Mandy and Mitch who
are both striving for the same end. Mandy is a wonderful
character full of love for her first love and desiring her
own family. My heart went out to Mitch when he is so
misunderstood and stands to lose the one person he loves the
most in the world.
RODEO DAUGHTER was a breeze to read as I
hung on every word and couldn't wait to see what happened
next. I truly loved this story!
Former rodeo star Amanda Markette is prepared to deal with
anything her new job as a family law attorney can dish up.
Until she learns her childhood sweetheart, Mitch Goodwin, is
her client's ex-husband and opposing counsel.
Mitch wants nothing more than to win full custody of the
daughter he's been raising on his own for the past four
years. Until Amanda rides back into his lifeâ€¦
Amanda and Mitch know they shouldn't give in to the
connection that still sparks between them after fifteen
years, but can they resist? And will Mitch ever forgive her
once he learns the secret she's been keepingâ€”a secret that
could change his life forever?
"Great show, Amanda," beamed the auctioneer. "You
must'a made an impression on Mitchell Goodwin." He pointed
to the dark–haired man who strode toward them from
the cashier's booth.
Mitch? Now, that was a name she hadn't expected.
Memories rose like smoke from the campfire she and Mitch
had once cuddled beside. They'd gazed at the stars and
talked for hours, and ended up falling in love.
Frowning at her exaggerated version of puppy love,
Amanda swallowed a wave of nostalgia. At sixteen, Mitch
had been all knobby knees and gawky elbows. Tonight, there
was nothing awkward about the man whose long strides
brought him ever closer. Laugh lines around his mouth
enhanced his broad smile. Her own lips curving upward, she
followed a straight nose above high cheekbones. Her breath
hitched when his eyes met hers. His were so deep that, for
a moment, she let herself get lost in their azure depths
the way she had one summer night as they stood in line for
the Ferris wheel. How had she ever forgotten eyes such a
vibrant blue? Or the way his quick smile had once thrilled
her heart? She'd kept a diary that summer, each page
crammed with inky script, their initials entwined along its
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