Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie’s whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?
Keith Ayer despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer and the fiance to a Senator from Texas’ daughter, everything looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father’s racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father’s success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?
This is what a romance novel should be. While it is heavily laden with Christian prayers and a few sermons, it is written with such emotion. It took me on a rollercoaster ride of feelings and even made me cry. That is probably the highest praise I can give an author. Staci Stallings is absolutely amazing at what she does.
Maggie is a doll. Even though she has absolutely nothing, and realizes she doesn’t fit into this world of money and power, she does her absolute best. All the while, she’s asking God for guidance and help.
Keith is a walking contradiction. All he wants is to work with his father’s racehorses, but he also has to be the son of a billionaire. He puts aside what he wants more than anything in an attempt to make his father proud of him.
I could go on for ages about how wonderful this book was and never do it justice. Staci Stallings has an amazing gift. Every person she introduces the reader to is brought to life. With a few words, the reader is transported to walks through tree-shaded lanes, horseback riding, to sitting beside a waterfall. The reader feels each emotion Maggie and Keith go through. When introduced to Dallas, Keith’s fiancé, the reader knows right away she’s had a privileged upbringing and fully expects it to continue without Staci Stallings saying anything about it. She has definitely perfected the axiom “Show, don’t tell.”
As I mentioned above, there are a few sermons in the book. Maggie goes to church with her two young charges, and instead of glossing over the time, Staci Stallings uses that time to impart a few excellent messages. Each one reached out and grabbed me. I can’t help but believe the three sermons she includes in this book can be applied to anyone.
For anyone who likes Christian romance, I’d fling this book at them in a heartbeat. As such, I’m looking forward to reading more books by Staci Stallings in the future. I’m positive they will be just as well-written and engaging as this book was.