Title: Canaan's Land
Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Length: Novel -116 pgs
Genres: MF Romance, Contemporary, Western/Rural/Cowboy
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 stars - A Good Read!
Heat: 1 - tame
There's an old saying that good guys finish last.
In rural Missouri, old sayings are part of the fabric of the community, as are the generations of families who've lived there. The third generation to tend the Moss family farm, Canaan Moss is the last of his line and as good a guy as there could be until hard times strike. As he struggles to make ends meet, unknown parties frame him for growing illegal crops on his land. Desperate to clear his name, his treasured farm is used as collateral to make bail while he attempts to solve the mystery and capture the wrongdoers. But will the bad guys get to him first?
I felt sorry for Cane Moss. A thirty-something loner with no particular trade, talent, looks or fashion sense is stuck with generations worth of debt and very few friends. He has no real desire or ambition beyond squatting on his land, yet fails to notice any suspicious activity going on. Fortunately for him, pretty local journalist Kaitlyn Koch takes a shine to him and nurses him back to health after he suffers a brutal attack, all while helping him solve the case and defend his homestead. However, the love story faces no real conflict and despite his self-reliant country upbringing our hero seems a bit of a wimp. Other than the central threat to Cane's livelihood, the remainder of the plot is not much more than a slice of country life. I dislike stories that go into too much detail about what they're cooking, what clothes they put on, and advertise when they have to go pee, ect.
If Canaan's Land were a song, it would be a Country & Western classic. The story, like Cane and Kaitlin's romance, is sweet, simple and straightforward, and like any good western, the good guys win in the end. If that's your kind of fare, It doesn't get more satisfying than that!