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Book two in the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series by bestselling author, Liz Isaacson. First Lieutenant Peter Marshall has never felt as safe and whole as he does at Three Rivers Ranch. With massive scars covering most of his upper body, he's self-conscious and searching for his life's purpose. He thinks he's found it in Courage Reins, an equine therapy program for vete Book two in the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series by bestselling author, Liz Isaacson. First Lieutenant Peter Marshall has never felt as safe and whole as he does at Three Rivers Ranch. With massive scars covering most of his upper body, he's self-conscious and searching for his life's purpose. He thinks he's found it in Courage Reins, an equine therapy program for veterans he's starting out at the ranch. He didn't plan on the beautiful Chelsea Ackerman looking at his deformities with admiration. After her second failed engagement, Chelsea vows she'll never wear another diamond ring. But as she and Pete work together to train the horses and launch Courage Reins, she heals faster than she thought possible. Pete has a truckload of debt and no way to provide for a family, but Chelsea helps him see past all the obstacles, all the scars. With so many unknowns, Pete and Chelsea will have to develop the love, acceptance, and faith needed to find their happily ever after. For fans of inspirational western romance authors Kimberly Krey, Becky Wade, and Denise Hunter. Themes/Topics >Clean romance >Christian romance >Contemporary romance >Western romance >Cowboy romance >Military romance >Equine therapy programs >Veteran services >Texas ranch, death, suicide, horses, PTSD, forgiveness, acceptance, love


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Book two in the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series by bestselling author, Liz Isaacson. First Lieutenant Peter Marshall has never felt as safe and whole as he does at Three Rivers Ranch. With massive scars covering most of his upper body, he's self-conscious and searching for his life's purpose. He thinks he's found it in Courage Reins, an equine therapy program for vete Book two in the Three Rivers Ranch Romance series by bestselling author, Liz Isaacson. First Lieutenant Peter Marshall has never felt as safe and whole as he does at Three Rivers Ranch. With massive scars covering most of his upper body, he's self-conscious and searching for his life's purpose. He thinks he's found it in Courage Reins, an equine therapy program for veterans he's starting out at the ranch. He didn't plan on the beautiful Chelsea Ackerman looking at his deformities with admiration. After her second failed engagement, Chelsea vows she'll never wear another diamond ring. But as she and Pete work together to train the horses and launch Courage Reins, she heals faster than she thought possible. Pete has a truckload of debt and no way to provide for a family, but Chelsea helps him see past all the obstacles, all the scars. With so many unknowns, Pete and Chelsea will have to develop the love, acceptance, and faith needed to find their happily ever after. For fans of inspirational western romance authors Kimberly Krey, Becky Wade, and Denise Hunter. Themes/Topics >Clean romance >Christian romance >Contemporary romance >Western romance >Cowboy romance >Military romance >Equine therapy programs >Veteran services >Texas ranch, death, suicide, horses, PTSD, forgiveness, acceptance, love

30 review for Third Time's the Charm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Fascinating. Two of my friends have read this book, and they both disliked it. But I really enjoyed it! In my own life, I am not at all into ranching (or farming or camping or horses or…) but I find that I enjoy stories with a ranch setting. Why? I don’t know! After recently confiding to my mother-in-law that I seem to like Western romances, she treated me to a movie based on a Louis L’Amour book. I enjoyed it thoroughly! Lest I be misleading though, this book is completely centered on healing Fascinating. Two of my friends have read this book, and they both disliked it. But I really enjoyed it! In my own life, I am not at all into ranching (or farming or camping or horses or…) but I find that I enjoy stories with a ranch setting. Why? I don’t know! After recently confiding to my mother-in-law that I seem to like Western romances, she treated me to a movie based on a Louis L’Amour book. I enjoyed it thoroughly! Lest I be misleading though, this book is completely centered on healing and romance. No sinister happenings here, shoot-em-up or otherwise. Third Time’s the Charm (2015, AEJ Creative Works), second in the Three Rivers Ranch series by Liz Isaacson, is a contemporary romance set on a ranch in Texas. The novel is a standalone even though the couple from book one does appear. The first story is not rehashed, but there is one line in the first chapter of this book which gives away the mystery in book one. So starting at the beginning of the series is probably best. Rating: 4 1/2 stars The heroine: Chelsea Ackerman, 28, is returning home from her high finance job to take care of the Three Rivers Ranch homestead when her parents move to town. She’s having a terrible time bouncing back from the loss of her fiance and needs to distance herself from Dallas. Her fiance had problems with depression, and now Chelsea is struggling with a variety of feelings, including guilt. “Her tears weren’t for what she’d lost when Danny had ended his life. They were because she was beyond relieved to be free from him… What sort of monster did that make her?” Chelsea is also having trouble with anxiety attacks and a lack of appetite. The hero: Peter Marshall was in the army, a lieutenant serving with Chelsea’s brother. A year ago, he survived an explosion in Afghanistan, but was badly burned in the attack and has since suffered from PTSD. Now he is a cowhand at the Ackermans’ ranch, but he also has a pet project he’s trying to get off the ground. Courage Reins is an equine therapy program to help strengthen people suffering from physical or mental trauma. “His hope was that by bringing people to the ranch they’d find the same comfort, the same peace, the same rehabilitation he’d felt in his body and soul when he’d come to Three Rivers.” Pete is concerned about Chelsea the first time he meets her, crying outside of the house, and “he felt certain God wanted him to aid in her rehabilitation.” Christian elements: Ms. Isaacson is an LDS author, but her descriptions of moral choices, attending church, and how a relationship with God positively affects a person are rather generic and could apply to a Christian as well. Unless I find otherwise, I will continue reading her books. “Dear Lord, she prayed. Help me.” “The past few months of attending church with the Ackerman’s [sic] had helped him accept God’s will.” Clean? Yes! Super clean. No swearing, nothing more than kisses, and no violence. What I liked: *Chelsea’s emotional turmoil felt real to me, including the complex feelings that come from being in a relationship with a severely depressed person. Ms. Isaacson doesn’t make the mistake of healing Chelsea instantly, but does a great job of writing in a gradual healing process. At the beginning of the story: “Chelsea followed the conversation but didn’t participate. Just like she’d been doing for the last couple of months. Living, breathing, watching. But not participating.” *I really enjoyed that the romance played out so naturally. To my mind, this story is a picture of how a modern day romance would develop between two people with strong morals. I thought that was done really well. *The descriptive writing: ”She turned toward the man and found a tall specimen with more muscles than she knew could be contained by skin.” “The sky turned the color of a deep bruise…” What I didn’t like: *For the most part, I found the author’s creative way of writing fun, but occasionally I needed to reread some of the sentences to puzzle out the meaning. (This issue was why one of my friends disliked the story, though it was mostly a non-issue for me.) Examples below: “He was leaving, the same way Danny had left.” (This is a complete stranger to whom she had just given a cold shoulder. ) “He paused outside the horse barn, regret singing through him.” (singing?) “Chelsea’s withered heart pumped out an extra beat, which caused her lips to sink. Her stupid body must not have gotten the message that she was out of the dating game for good.” (I had to read this 2-3 times before figuring this out.) ------------------------------------------------ I recommend this book to fans of Christian or LDS western romance. I will continue to read more of Ms. Isaacson’s stories, and have Fourth and Long (book three) on my to-read-list for some time this year.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Waters

    Annnnnd I read it in a day!!! I was crazy busy but it was one of those books I read while I did my hair, read while I cooked and avoided the temptation of reading while I drove

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Marcano

    Book 2 in the series started really slow for me. I'm glad I pushed through. Good ending. I do have to say that only in TV and books can people eat the way they do in this book and still be thin. I think food or cooking of some kind took place in EVERY chapter. Admittedly, Pete inspired me to make pancakes after he taught Chelsea how. Book 2 in the series started really slow for me. I'm glad I pushed through. Good ending. I do have to say that only in TV and books can people eat the way they do in this book and still be thin. I think food or cooking of some kind took place in EVERY chapter. Admittedly, Pete inspired me to make pancakes after he taught Chelsea how.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joleen

    This wasn't a horrible book, the plot was okay and the characters were okay. My problem with it was the author's way of phrasing things. Clearly she wanted to be creative, but in so doing, was off-putting. Before you continue reading, please be aware that this is anything but a positive review. It may be painful for the author, but if she wants to improve, these examples below might help. Or you just might want to ignore this all together. Too many unusual ways of saying things made me stop what This wasn't a horrible book, the plot was okay and the characters were okay. My problem with it was the author's way of phrasing things. Clearly she wanted to be creative, but in so doing, was off-putting. Before you continue reading, please be aware that this is anything but a positive review. It may be painful for the author, but if she wants to improve, these examples below might help. Or you just might want to ignore this all together. Too many unusual ways of saying things made me stop what I was reading to re-read it, making sure I heard that right. This detracts from the flow of the story rather than impress the reader with its uniqueness. Examples... And when she sealed herself back in the SUV, the air had re-oxygenated itself...What? I'm guessing she couldn't breath before, and now that she's calmed down, the air seemed better? But see, a reader shouldn't have to stop and wonder what on earth that means.. Annoyance sang through her ... Singing is usually pleasant...the use of the word "sang" was peculiar because, well, we're talking about annoyance here. Sandals drank up dirt... again, just an odd way of phrasing it. The scent of whole wheat bread slammed into her nostrils...eww. Slammed into her nostrils? Headlights cut a path through the darkness that made seeing the stars magnificent...I've never experienced headlights making it easier to see a magnificent star scene. Turning lights off might... “Thank you” ghosted between her lips...creative way of saying whispered, but again, after so many of these, and having to stop to ponder the way that was said, I forgot what the paragraph was about. The bands of tension wrapped around him like a mummy's costume released ...costume? I did read that right. Not mummy costume, but mummy's costume. And my favorite... His emerald green eyes sucked at her. — oh, please. The visual was too much. I'm sorry, I seem to be mean, but if these are only a portion of what I've underlined while reading over half the book...it's not just a little distracting. It's a LOT distracting. I want to enjoy a story, not roll my eyes. I don't know. I'm at 61% now and so bothered by these word pictures that I want to drop this book like a bad habit. But I'll plod on. Ugh. ************************************** 89% and I don't even care about the story anymore. He loves me, he loves me not plot became tiresome. I give up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    I didn't like this one as much as book one. However, I still enjoyed it. I really liked the work that Peter was doing. I was just sad to see it almost ruin his and Chelsea's relationship. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end. I didn't like this one as much as book one. However, I still enjoyed it. I really liked the work that Peter was doing. I was just sad to see it almost ruin his and Chelsea's relationship. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    B. D. Mann

    This second book of the Three Rivers Ranch series was a bit of a let-down for me after being very impressed with the first book in the series. Like the prior book, this is a well written clean romance. However, my taste in protagonists tends toward strong, self-assured, and confident heroes and heroines. Neither Peter nor Chelsea fulfilled these preferences even though the author did a great job portraying them as real-life flawed human beings. Although I prefer larger-than-life protagonists, I This second book of the Three Rivers Ranch series was a bit of a let-down for me after being very impressed with the first book in the series. Like the prior book, this is a well written clean romance. However, my taste in protagonists tends toward strong, self-assured, and confident heroes and heroines. Neither Peter nor Chelsea fulfilled these preferences even though the author did a great job portraying them as real-life flawed human beings. Although I prefer larger-than-life protagonists, I feel an author should keep everything else as realistic as possible. Having worked as a loan officer in a bank in the past, I must confess that the granting of a loan to Peter by the local bank was pure fiction. Any bank with such credit policies is doomed to fail. As a whole, I found this to be an acceptable reading experience and can see why so many reviewers found this to be a five-star offering. But, for my taste, I found myself struggling to stay interested. The extra spark and zing I appreciate in clean romances just did not materialize for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I really liked the story and the portrayal of the way that the animals help with healing was good

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    Loved this book but i didnt like that he pushed her away.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    New Beginnings Chelsea is coming home to take care of the homestead after her parents get to retire. Pete is starting his equine programs. With his help she will heal, with her help the program will excel. But will they find love.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michele Cooper

    Loved this story - different scars but great characters who grow as you read but not unrealistically. Her distant relationship with her family was a little odd in places but perhaps necessary to maintain the plot. Loved the teary ending (okay, almost ending).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    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 pro 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! This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated in any way from the publisher or the author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dixie-Lee Campbell

    Loved the cover !!!! .... that is what caught my eye on amazon.ca before I noticed the author is on my list of to-read-her-books. Liz Isaacson ! Valerie Water, I know exactly what you mean .... I could not put it down even with sore face & jaw post dental work. Wow what a great storyline too. What an awesome story ! I want to read more of this series... Three Rivers Ranch . Loved Pete and Chelsea and their causes. I enjoyed the horses and how they were main characters too ! Gosh, tears flowed fr Loved the cover !!!! .... that is what caught my eye on amazon.ca before I noticed the author is on my list of to-read-her-books. Liz Isaacson ! Valerie Water, I know exactly what you mean .... I could not put it down even with sore face & jaw post dental work. Wow what a great storyline too. What an awesome story ! I want to read more of this series... Three Rivers Ranch . Loved Pete and Chelsea and their causes. I enjoyed the horses and how they were main characters too ! Gosh, tears flowed freely at two particular spots near the end of the book. ! So real ... and it wasn't sad nor angry tears . ... but words that melted my heart ! I felt like was there at the Ranch, riding the horses, attendance at the therapy training sessions, and in the meetings... visiting the folks, and sitting in a church pew ! Enjoying meals at Three Rivers Ranch. Out under the beautiful skies of a place that brings peace and nurtures love. What a great way to end 2016 and open up the New Year with thoughts of this book on my mind and in my heart. A very uplifting sweet romance HEA. ! I enjoyed the fun and bantering between Pete and Chelsea ... and their love of the horses and faith in them. I am looking forward to getting the 1st book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This book is billed as an inspirational romance and I'd have to say that that description is perfect. This book is a cute, clean, fun romance that you will love reading. Chelsea is hurting. Her fiance killed himself and there wasn't a thing she could do to help him. She's also hurting because he was verbally abusive and that's something she's going to have to work through. Either way, she is convinced that there is no way that she's ever going to get engaged again. She decides to head back to h This book is billed as an inspirational romance and I'd have to say that that description is perfect. This book is a cute, clean, fun romance that you will love reading. Chelsea is hurting. Her fiance killed himself and there wasn't a thing she could do to help him. She's also hurting because he was verbally abusive and that's something she's going to have to work through. Either way, she is convinced that there is no way that she's ever going to get engaged again. She decides to head back to her family's ranch, Three Rivers Ranch, to see if she can heal from her scars. And that's when she meets Pete. Pete is a war veteran with scars that are obvious. But he immediately recognizes Chelsea's hidden scars and knows that he can help her. He runs a program, Courage Reins, where he uses horses to combat such scars for veterans, and really anyone that needs such help. Chelsea pretty much refuses to allow him to help her with the horse therapy, believing that she's fine and doesn't need any help. But I love the way that she jumps in to help him with the program. Doing everything from setting up a website to helping him get funding without complaint. I loved this book. It's a cute, fun romance that you won't want to put down.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    I can happily say I was really surprised to like this book as much as I did. It was listed as Christian fiction and romance, but with the cover I wasn't sure I would really enjoy it. But I really, really did. :) Although rather quick, the romance was sweet and believable. The two main characters, Pete and Chelsea, have suffered/are suffering from panic attacks and the like. Chelsea's is due to the death of her fiancé, and Pete's is due to his tank exploding – resulting in massive burns, multiple I can happily say I was really surprised to like this book as much as I did. It was listed as Christian fiction and romance, but with the cover I wasn't sure I would really enjoy it. But I really, really did. :) Although rather quick, the romance was sweet and believable. The two main characters, Pete and Chelsea, have suffered/are suffering from panic attacks and the like. Chelsea's is due to the death of her fiancé, and Pete's is due to his tank exploding – resulting in massive burns, multiple skin grafts, and scarring. Chelsea's inner turmoil has been going on for a few weeks, while Pete is recovering from his ordeal. All of the characters were real and lovable. :) Pete was probably my favorite – I love how he always called Chelsea 'sweetheart'. :) The theme of a therapeutic riding program was really nice. Whether the scars are external or internal, healing can begin at Courage Reins! :D A couple cons. - The couple does kiss a lot. It isn't too detailed but it's definitely there. - They hold hands from day one...even before they're a couple. Like whyyyyy??? - The Christian aspect wasn't as string as I would've liked and, at times, it seemed like Pete and Chelsea were relying on each other more than God. :-/

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Anne

    Chelsea went back to her family's ranch, Three Rivers Ranch, after her fiance killed himself. He suffered from depression and she thought the could fix him but she couldn't. He had been verbally abusive to her as well so she thought the ranch would be a safe place for her to heal. When she got there she saw signs for Courage Reins. Her brother had let a military buddy, Pete, open a therapeutic riding program where he used horses to help veterans, or anyone else, overcome their traumas whether phy Chelsea went back to her family's ranch, Three Rivers Ranch, after her fiance killed himself. He suffered from depression and she thought the could fix him but she couldn't. He had been verbally abusive to her as well so she thought the ranch would be a safe place for her to heal. When she got there she saw signs for Courage Reins. Her brother had let a military buddy, Pete, open a therapeutic riding program where he used horses to help veterans, or anyone else, overcome their traumas whether physical or mental. Pete could see that Chelsea could benefit from the horses but she refused to believe that she was "broken" and wouldn't accept help. She did help train the horses, get funding and set up a website for the business though. I enjoyed this book and even though it dealt with many difficult topics such as PTSD, the author handled them well and had me thinking more about the positive parts like how the horses helped people rather than the negatives of war and it's side affects. The characters were well developed and likable. While I liked Chelsea and Pete with their determination to make Courage Reins successful, I felt sorry for them at the same time because of the pasts they suffered through. I don't hesitate to recommend this wonderful inspirational romance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JaneReads

    Chelsea has just returned home after her fiancé dies, she is scarred and dealing with some heavy baggage due this relationship and how she was treated. Pete is a war vet who has just begun starting up Courage Reins, a equine based program to help with healing emotionally and physically scarred people. As soon as Pete meets Chelsea he feels she would benefit from the program and tries to convince her to take part, but she doesn't see herself as needing help and refuses. Eventually Pete is able to Chelsea has just returned home after her fiancé dies, she is scarred and dealing with some heavy baggage due this relationship and how she was treated. Pete is a war vet who has just begun starting up Courage Reins, a equine based program to help with healing emotionally and physically scarred people. As soon as Pete meets Chelsea he feels she would benefit from the program and tries to convince her to take part, but she doesn't see herself as needing help and refuses. Eventually Pete is able to get her to join under the impression that she is helping train the horses and helping him start up the program. Story focuses on the healing of Chelsea and Pete through the help of one another and the horses. I loved all the time spent with the horses, I felt like I was right there with them (and wished I really was).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

    Chelsea did not want to go home but since Danny died she was at a loss of what she wanted. So when her parents decided to move into town and her brother and Kelly were moving to a college, Chelsea decided to volunteer and take over her family home and watch over things until her brother and Kelly came home. Pete had been working for Squire at the ranch and knew that Squire's sister was coming home . When he saw her on the patio in tears he wondered what or who had hurt her. Not wanting to interf Chelsea did not want to go home but since Danny died she was at a loss of what she wanted. So when her parents decided to move into town and her brother and Kelly were moving to a college, Chelsea decided to volunteer and take over her family home and watch over things until her brother and Kelly came home. Pete had been working for Squire at the ranch and knew that Squire's sister was coming home . When he saw her on the patio in tears he wondered what or who had hurt her. Not wanting to interfere he was torn between giving comfort and walking away. After getting to know Chelsea and realizing she was hurting Pete decided to get her into working with the horses he was opening a therapy program for vets with injuries and PTSD . Chelsea did not want to be one of his patients but worked with him anyway. She has a great business mind but trusting her heart was another thing

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Hughes

    After listening to the audiobook "Three Rivers books 1-3" I have submitted this review. We make promises to ourselves, trying to ensure that we don't go down a road that we have already traveled, or because we have seen someone else journey along that way and have tried to learn from their lesson. This is a a book about two such promises, by two different people. Both people have to find if sticking to their own self commitment, will let them have the life they want. The backstory of the rehabilit After listening to the audiobook "Three Rivers books 1-3" I have submitted this review. We make promises to ourselves, trying to ensure that we don't go down a road that we have already traveled, or because we have seen someone else journey along that way and have tried to learn from their lesson. This is a a book about two such promises, by two different people. Both people have to find if sticking to their own self commitment, will let them have the life they want. The backstory of the rehabilitation riding is something people should be aware of. The calming and relaxing presence of animals, is well known and this is just another method of using the animals powers for the good of us humans.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janeiowa

    This book is heavy on "inspiration" aka religion. It would also fall into the category of "sweet," as one might expect. A couple things lowered this from an ok 3 star to a 2 star. One was the bad grammar. "Her and that guy from accounting?" REALLY? A female character who is supposed to be a college grad and former senior executive in a marketing firm would use "her" ? NO! Second was the stupidity of the main female character. A woman who grew up on a ranch has to be shown how to put a bridle on This book is heavy on "inspiration" aka religion. It would also fall into the category of "sweet," as one might expect. A couple things lowered this from an ok 3 star to a 2 star. One was the bad grammar. "Her and that guy from accounting?" REALLY? A female character who is supposed to be a college grad and former senior executive in a marketing firm would use "her" ? NO! Second was the stupidity of the main female character. A woman who grew up on a ranch has to be shown how to put a bridle on a horse and get up onto the saddle? This same woman tries to haul a bucket of water to her horse, rather than taking the horse to the stream?

  20. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This was an excellent romantic, western tale; based on learning to take a step forward and trust in your faith in God to lead you in the right direction. The therapudic equine program was a mind blowing revelation in more ways than one. I loved how the book demonstrated that leaning on faith strengthens our ability to help ourselves and others. This sounds like such a magical ranch. Who wouldn't want to visit it time and time again? One of my most important hopes from a series is that is can stan . This was an excellent romantic, western tale; based on learning to take a step forward and trust in your faith in God to lead you in the right direction. The therapudic equine program was a mind blowing revelation in more ways than one. I loved how the book demonstrated that leaning on faith strengthens our ability to help ourselves and others. This sounds like such a magical ranch. Who wouldn't want to visit it time and time again? One of my most important hopes from a series is that is can stand alone and a HEA comes in a close second. Isn't that why we chose to use our valuable time to adventure into the world of fiction? This book delivered on both!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    I got this book free on amazon when they had it on a promotion. It is an okay book, not one I will probably re read. I didn't really feel a connection between Pete and Chelsea. There were a few times when I got a glimpse, but most of their interactions felt stifled after their first few conversations. I got this book free on amazon when they had it on a promotion. It is an okay book, not one I will probably re read. I didn't really feel a connection between Pete and Chelsea. There were a few times when I got a glimpse, but most of their interactions felt stifled after their first few conversations.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    Sweet story of healing. Pete is further along in the healing process and he is so gentle and sweet with Chelsea as she gets to the point where she can admit she needs healing and then allows herself to heal. Content: Clean Source: Amazon freebie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tina Wyatt

    Chelsea Ackerman has come home to Three River ranch to live . Her parents have recently moved to town and her brother is away but will return one day to live in the house and take over the ranch. Chelsea will maintain the house till then. The ranch itself has a manager. Chelsea is getting over the death of her fiancée and her broken heart. Chelsea is a very broken person whether she realizes it or not. Lt. Peter Marshall has also come to Three River ranch to work as a ranch hand . He is a broken Chelsea Ackerman has come home to Three River ranch to live . Her parents have recently moved to town and her brother is away but will return one day to live in the house and take over the ranch. Chelsea will maintain the house till then. The ranch itself has a manager. Chelsea is getting over the death of her fiancée and her broken heart. Chelsea is a very broken person whether she realizes it or not. Lt. Peter Marshall has also come to Three River ranch to work as a ranch hand . He is a broken man himself . He is an injured vet that has a calling to reach out to other wounded vets . He wants to do this with his program Courage Reins. He wants to use horses to reach these vets that are physically and mentality wounded like himself. He has several obstacles standing in his way. He has to get the owner Squire (Chelsea's brother) to sell him some land and some horses . He has to find time to train the horses as well. And he needs the funds to make it all happen. Can Pete get his program off the ground? Can he convince Squire and others that the program is a worthy cause? And what about Chelsea , how does she fit into all of this? Will she want to help Pete with the program even tho she is wounded to ? This is book two in this series. It can be read as a stand along but the characters tent to reappear in the other books. Book one is Squire's story. I love reading about how the program started and how the horses were used. It was interesting to read about how the horses were trained. I loved reading about all the vets and how the program touched them. This is a sweet, touching, clean romance about the magic healing of how horses can heal people. Very sweet read. I want to read the rest of the books in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Snoepjess

    I finished book one in this series and because it disappointed me, I wasnt sure if I wanted to read the second book in this series. So I read the first two chapters of the book and I was sold. Chelsea has her own free will and was not afraid to stand her ground.... or so I thought... Boy was I wrong about that. This whole book has so much opportunities it will give you a headache. They are on a ranch, almost alone, and they went to that cabin just once to look at the stars. Once. In the whole dam I finished book one in this series and because it disappointed me, I wasnt sure if I wanted to read the second book in this series. So I read the first two chapters of the book and I was sold. Chelsea has her own free will and was not afraid to stand her ground.... or so I thought... Boy was I wrong about that. This whole book has so much opportunities it will give you a headache. They are on a ranch, almost alone, and they went to that cabin just once to look at the stars. Once. In the whole damn book. So this girl had a busy job and just moved to the country. She would busy herself on the ranch, wouldn’t you agree? No, this girl does absolutely nothing but cry all day. I couldn’t believe it. This girl had no spine at al... she didn’t feel guilty, which she tells you in the first few chapters of the book, and she cries because she is delighted, but the crying never stops. Not during the whole story. It’s not that hard to let the main characters have more sparks with each other. All there was now was “my heart raced” and “my heart rate trippeld” over every thought she had. Another thing that irritated me was that the author repetedly used triple words like “my heart beated, beated, beated” throughout the whole book. Like we didn’t read the word the first time? It has no extra meaning if you type It out three times.... Enough critic from me. I loved the first two chapters, because she looked cool there, but the further I came the more boring she became. TLDR; boring story, far too much crying.

  25. 4 out of 5

    E Oygard

    A caring hero Chelsea Ackerman returns to the family ranch with loads of emotional baggage. Her parents have retired and she is to be caretaker of the homestead until her brother Squire takes over. Pete is ex military like Squire, burned badly by a burning tank. He is living and working on the ranch, waiting for a chance to set up an equine charity, Courage Reins, in the hope of aiding victims of trauma, abuse etc, especially veterans. In this book we meet again characters from book 1, Second Chan A caring hero Chelsea Ackerman returns to the family ranch with loads of emotional baggage. Her parents have retired and she is to be caretaker of the homestead until her brother Squire takes over. Pete is ex military like Squire, burned badly by a burning tank. He is living and working on the ranch, waiting for a chance to set up an equine charity, Courage Reins, in the hope of aiding victims of trauma, abuse etc, especially veterans. In this book we meet again characters from book 1, Second Chance Ranch. I have it 4 stars as I thought The emotional baggage took up too much time in the book and this slowed the story down with its hesitancy, unspoken thoughts which repeated themselves. Plus, a rancher's daughter who has to be taught to saddle and mount a horse??? Also Chelsea had not even met the foreman of the ranch even though she had been living there several days. Strange! Once again I liked the hero. Physically scarred, emotionally disturbed with PTSD, but caring, thoughtful and with just enough toughness to help Chelsea through her crisis. We also are introduced to the hero of the third in the Three Rivers Ranch stories.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ballet in AK

    * I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review Story: 3 stars The story was good...I had a difficult time understanding how the the heroine could not even boil water. It was too over-the-top. I did understand her guilt at not grieving over her fiancé, who had committed suicide after controlling every aspect of her life. She had some serious healing to do. The hero was truly a hero and had some serious PTSD to work through. I really like him UNTIL he all but rejects the heroine. Her ch * I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review Story: 3 stars The story was good...I had a difficult time understanding how the the heroine could not even boil water. It was too over-the-top. I did understand her guilt at not grieving over her fiancé, who had committed suicide after controlling every aspect of her life. She had some serious healing to do. The hero was truly a hero and had some serious PTSD to work through. I really like him UNTIL he all but rejects the heroine. Her character arc was coming to fruition and his insecurities affected her and sent her back down a spiral for a while. I did enjoy the fact that when they were both more secure in their skins is when the author finally brought them together for good. I guess I just had a hard time connecting with this particular set of characters. Narrator: 4.5 stars Ms. Doughty does an excellent job. She has a nice Texas accent and her voice is deep enough that her men sound like men. I like the speed she narrates and her expressions are appropriate for the situations they portray. *poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special

  27. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Hendricks

    This book is excellent. I am an Air Force Veteran. Retired after 21 years. During my service I also served in joint units occasionally with the Army. And, I have friends both in the Air Force and in the Army that experienced similar things as some of the men talked about in these series of books. So I have especially enjoyed them and can empathize with their feelings. I am moved when I read these books. I know men who have lost limbs and the thing that bothers them the most is the possibility of This book is excellent. I am an Air Force Veteran. Retired after 21 years. During my service I also served in joint units occasionally with the Army. And, I have friends both in the Air Force and in the Army that experienced similar things as some of the men talked about in these series of books. So I have especially enjoyed them and can empathize with their feelings. I am moved when I read these books. I know men who have lost limbs and the thing that bothers them the most is the possibility of being forgotten. After reading this book I went online and bought almost all of the rest of the books that follow this one in the series. The one or two that I did not I will purchase them too. I also like how faith, worship, and fellowship are woven into the stories of these books. I was especially moved by Pete and Chelsea. I grew to really appreciate those two characters how they were dealing with the experiences in their lives and how they worked to rise above them. And, how they reached out to help each other. I really like this author.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan Shearer

    Liz Isaacson brings us to Three Rivers Ranch with Third Time’s a Charm and brings with it old and new loves. Chelsea didn’t want to go back to Three Rivers Ranch and take over her parent’s house! Changes were instore for her that she would have never thought of. But after her fiancé’s ‘accident’ she didn’t mind leaving the city, she just thought Three Rivers Ranch was it. And meeting Pete who owned and ran Courage Reins was definitely NOT in her plans. Pete knew about hurt from being in the servi Liz Isaacson brings us to Three Rivers Ranch with Third Time’s a Charm and brings with it old and new loves. Chelsea didn’t want to go back to Three Rivers Ranch and take over her parent’s house! Changes were instore for her that she would have never thought of. But after her fiancé’s ‘accident’ she didn’t mind leaving the city, she just thought Three Rivers Ranch was it. And meeting Pete who owned and ran Courage Reins was definitely NOT in her plans. Pete knew about hurt from being in the service and having the scars to match. He knew animal therapy could help physically and emotionally, but would Chelsea realize the same? Would Pete help heal Chelsea’s broken spirit and heart? Will she find her love for Three Rivers Ranch again?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I just loved this book. I am a sucker for a cowboy (and former military personnel) romance. But with Ms. Isaacson's inclusion of the inspirational aspect along with her gift of great character and plot development, you have a fantastic story. The story is written with dual POVs and includes past characters. There is not the cluttering of adjectives so the reader can picture the story unfolding as a movie. I'm always sad to see the ending of a good book but with this series past characters are in I just loved this book. I am a sucker for a cowboy (and former military personnel) romance. But with Ms. Isaacson's inclusion of the inspirational aspect along with her gift of great character and plot development, you have a fantastic story. The story is written with dual POVs and includes past characters. There is not the cluttering of adjectives so the reader can picture the story unfolding as a movie. I'm always sad to see the ending of a good book but with this series past characters are included so I feel like I'm keeping up with old friends. I highly recommend this book (really the entire series) to anyone who loves a great romance book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    C.

    I have one complaint about this book that kept it from getting a full 5-stars from me. It really aggravates me when the H or heroine, or both, have really strong reasons why they are not interested in getting romantically involved with anyone, yet that flies out the window as soon as they meet! That causes major EYE-ROLLING,and almost makes me distrust that character's convictions for anything! Other than that I found this to be another good read, with great characters, and a desire to read the n I have one complaint about this book that kept it from getting a full 5-stars from me. It really aggravates me when the H or heroine, or both, have really strong reasons why they are not interested in getting romantically involved with anyone, yet that flies out the window as soon as they meet! That causes major EYE-ROLLING,and almost makes me distrust that character's convictions for anything! Other than that I found this to be another good read, with great characters, and a desire to read the next book in the series`

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