This lifestyle isn’t just about animals. It’s about beliefs and values passed down through generations. Ensuring things are left better for those yet to come.
It’s all about Legacy.
I found that quote on Pinterest a while back, almost year after I’d first submitted the proposal for The Grady Legacy. While I’ve searched on Google to give credit to whoever originally said it, I can’t find its origins.
I grew up in the country—in central Ontario, not Texas—but the idea of a family farm being a legacy was imprinted on me early. Usually in the sign of an Ontario Century farm plaque firmly planted on the lawns of the farms where my school stopped to pick up my fellow classmates. The signs meant the farm had been owned and operated by the same family for a minimum of a hundred to a hundred and fifty years. Almost all of my classmates had grown up knowing each other, many of them were related to each other, even distantly. And everyone had stories about Old Joe down the road who, fifty years ago, got a thorn in his foot and up and moved away from the family farm to establish own farm. (Joe’s “new” land was one line away—the county lines (or roads) were approximately a mile and a quarter apart—but you’d think that he’d moved around the world the way the stories were told.)
So when I was writing Slow Ride Home, it didn’t take much of a stretch of imagination to create a ranch that had been in the Grady family for generations too. With Ben Grady who has been raised with those values and beliefs that have been handed down from generation to generation. And I could see how Allie, the heroine, would think this:
She jammed her elbows on the fence, staring at the mare who’d resumed grazing, rather than facing Ben. He was a Grady. This was Bull’s Hollow. The land, the cattle, they came first to him, over everything else.
But Allie’s been away from Ben and Bull’s Hollow for fifteen years, and she needs a reminder that the family legacy isn’t just about the land, it’s about protecting those Ben loved too. Without giving away too much of the story, Allie is convinced she doesn’t fall into the protected category.
Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.
Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…
Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.
The only woman in a houseful of men (even the cat and dog are male), Leah Braemel loves hiding away from all the dust bunnies while she writes sexy heroes and heroines finding true love. To read more about Slow Ride Home or any of Leah’s other books, you can visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or on Facebook.
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