The Rancher’s Lady: A Lake Chelan Novella by Shirley Penick
On the second anniversary of her mommy’s death eight-year-old Alyssa ditches Brownies and her best friend to take some time to herself to think about her mommy. When her daddy, Hank, finally finds her after a frantic search, she is convinced it’s time for her daddy to remarry. And she thinks her new third grade teacher would be perfect.
Hank Jefferson is a busy rancher with three kids. Widowed two years ago, he works hard to be both mother and father, making lunches, spending quality time with each child and running the house, while also running his cattle ranch. He doesn’t have time for a relationship and doesn’t want one. Alyssa’s third grade teacher makes his blood heat, but he knows it would be unethical for him to date his daughter’s teacher.
Ellen Truehart has moved to this new town in a remote location on Lake Chelan and a new teaching assignment to make a fresh start, she loves both the town and her class. Her past has taught her to be cautious around men and not to trust the system. When Alyssa starts acting out in class she has no choice, but to call in the smoking hot father of her student to try to find out what’s wrong with Alyssa.