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Prosperity Ranch #1

One Summer Day

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She’s desperate to start over. He represents the past she wants to leave behind. But falling in love is never about logic.

USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Prosperity Ranch!

Macie’s divorce has left her at rock-bottom, and she uproots everything and takes her young daughter to visit Prosperity Ranch for the summer. Every kid deserves to know her grandparents, right? Macie hopes for some healing time, even if she is staying at her ex in-laws ranch. What she isn’t expecting is her ex-husband’s brother, Holt Prosper, to fit every ideal she’s ever hoped for in a man.

Prosperity Ranch Series:
One Summer Day
Not Over You
Steal My Heart
Seasoned With Love
Take a Chance

233 pages, Kindle Edition

Published January 28, 2020

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Heather B. Moore

146 books1,413 followers
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than ninety publications. Heather writes primarily historical and #herstory fiction about the humanity and heroism of the everyday person. Publishing in a breadth of genres, Heather dives into the hearts and souls of her characters, meshing her love of research with her love of storytelling.

Her ancient era historicals and thrillers are written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes historical women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, and . . . speculative fiction under Jane Redd. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. Despite failing her high school AP English exam, Heather persevered and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in something other than English.

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Literary honors: 2020 Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist, Foreword 2020 INDIES Finalist, ALA Best New Books - September 2020, 6-time Best of State Recipient for Best in Literary Arts, 2019 Maggie Award Winner, 4-time Whitney Award Winner, and 2-time Golden Quill Award Winner.

Heather is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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Profile Image for Julie Carpenter.
1,443 reviews175 followers
February 4, 2020
Yay! It’s a new small-town series by Heather B. Moore! Can you tell I’m excited? I loved her Pine Valley series and was sad to say goodbye to those characters (ok, temporary goodbye because I’m going to be rereading those books). But I knew that the author probably had another great book series coming out so I tried to bide my time. And guess what? It paid off! All you cowboy and ranch book fans out there, dust off your spurs and shine your boots because it’s your lucky day…the Prosperity Ranch series is here! Can I get a woot woot?

In all seriousness, this book sucked me in. Completely! The storyline was very intriguing and one that I feel hasn’t been overdone. There were definitely plenty of emotions and themes throughout the book. Happy, sad, angry, overjoyed, shy, heartbreak, healing, forgiveness, love, friendship, family, peace and Love (I have to throw that out there again)!

Macie returns to her ex-husband’s family ranch. She wants her little girl to know her family. She’s also at the end of everything. She needs help and hopes that she can find that solace and help through the love of family. Returning to Prosperity Ranch brings several surprises. Some pleasant and others not very pleasant. But Macie keeps moving forward determined to give her daughter all that she can, especially the love of family.

I love this author’s style. I haven’t found a book by her that I haven’t enjoyed yet. So I know when I pick up her books that I’m going to be immersed in these characters’ worlds and lives and love them and their story. I’m going to find sorrow and heartache. But I’m also going to watch them doing what’s good and right in trying to find peace and healing. And of course, I know there’s going to be a sweet and tender love story that makes me smile and swoon!

I’m not going to give you any details about the book, but I will say that you better hold onto your britches because it’s gonna be a wild ride at this ranch! *Grinning*

Content: Clean. Some kissing but nothing further. Some mild innuendos but nothing graphic. The book also talks about cancer, divorce and being a single mother and the emotions and struggles that can surround those.

I received a copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!
Profile Image for Katie (hiding in the pages).
3,006 reviews232 followers
July 31, 2020
I want to guzzle this whole series right now!

Some relationships are very tricky to navigate, but nothing seems as sticky as an attraction to your ex-husband's handsome brother. To clarify, Macie met Holt first, but suave and outgoing Knox stole her right from under his brother's nose.

This author does a fantastic job of portraying the broken parts of Macie and her heart, as she struggles to give her young daughter, Ruby, a family support system, and in spite of the loyalties her child's grandmother shows towards her ex. There's a hazy mist of hope whirling throughout Macie's trials, but man, that woman is as tough as nails and willing to swallow her pride to do right by Ruby.

I was kind of mad at Holt and Macie for trying to hide their true feelings at first, but given the complicated nature of the family dynamics, I could understand. And wowza! Those true feelings were quite explosive, so naturally, trying to hide dynamite doesn't last for long.

I've decided that this author could write the phone book and I would love it. I'm looking forward to guzzling this new small-town Texas series.

Content: mild+ romance (kissing, swoony, implied cheating); mild language

*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
Profile Image for Mara.
1,146 reviews66 followers
January 15, 2020
I really liked this first book in a new series by one of my all time favorite authors. Macie wants her young daughter Ruby, who's adorable by the way, to get to know her father's parents, because they're the only grandparents the child has since Macie's mom died. So they fly to Texas to spend the summer at Prosperity Ranch. Macie didn't know her ex-brother-in-law was still living at the ranch. Afterall, it had been 4 years since she'd last been there. Holt Prosper was even more handsome than she remembered.

Holt Prosper is trying to keep Prosperity Ranch afloat and turning a profit, but it's hard with younger siblings in college and his brother Knox, Macie's ex-husband, still irresponsibly chasing the rodeo dream and continuing to ask for 'loans'. When his former sister-in-law comes to stay for the summer, Holt realizes his feelings for her never went away. He might need to move into his unlivable house before the work is finished.

This was an unusual storyline but I think the author did a wonderful job with it. It's kind of a second-chance-at-love story since Macie had met Holt years before. Knox seemed to be the kind of guy that enjoys the chase but loses interest soon after he gets the girl. On the other hand, Holt had not forgotten about the girl he'd met years before, and he really cared for Macie and Ruby. I think if Macie hadn't been at a such a vulnerable point in her life when she met them she would've been able to resist Knox's charms and would have ended up with Holt at the Dirt Dance.

I thought Ruby was adorable and could totally picture her excitement at receiving pink cowgirl boots and not wanting to take them off even at bedtime. I felt for Knox and Holt's parents, Rex and Heidi. Knowing your grown children aren't as responsible as they should be is one thing. But to find out they aren't living the values you strived so hard to teach them is heart-breaking. Especially for Heidi who seemed to wear rose-colored glasses concerning Knox, and didn't know the reasons for his and Macie's divorce.

Holt is a wonderful character--respectful, loyal, trustworthy, protective of those he loves, and handsome on top of all that. Macie was a great character too. Sure she'd been irresponsible after her mother died but she tried to make her marriage to Knox work until she realized he didn't care about her and Ruby, and he wasn't going to change. After their divorce she did her best to take care of herself and Ruby without help until she no longer could, then she sucked it up and went to Texas determined to do whatever was needed so her daughter could have a relationship with her grandparents. It certainly wasn't easy to be around her former in-laws but she did it. I can't wait to read the other books in this new series.

I received a complimentary copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Profile Image for Jessie.
1,262 reviews65 followers
January 9, 2020
It takes a very skilled writer to write a romance between a woman and her ex-husband's brother, and Heather Moore pulled it off. My heart reached out to Macie and the hard time she's had with Knox. I loved the relationships that she formed with her in-laws. They were sometimes messy, but that made them all the more real. Macie's daughter Ruby was adorable and got right into the ranch life. I loved that spunky little cowgirl, who wrapped everyone around her fingers.

Holt Prosper was my hero. Loyal, considerate, and persistent.

Content: The romance was sweet, yet steamy, with making out, but nothing beyond that. Mild violence. Talk of infidelity.
Profile Image for Kathy.
2,073 reviews604 followers
May 24, 2020
I really enjoyed this contemporary western. Fun ranch setting, a complicated and forbidden romance that kept me glued to the pages.

Being a single mom, Macie wants her young daughter to know her grandparents. Basically the only family she has left. She does not expect the feelings she has being around her ex-husband older brother. But the sparks fly, and she has a hard time resisting the gentlemen cowboy. Holt was a great character, a good mix of patience, humor and swoon. They have a complicated road to travel and it was fun to be along for the ride. I really enjoyed this one, I thought it was well written, had a good pace and the relationship while fast, felt believable. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Romance: Clean, just kisses
Language: Mild
Violence: Very mild

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Profile Image for Aimee (Getting Your Read On).
2,998 reviews251 followers
January 28, 2020
I am so excited to have a new series by one of my favorite authors to delve into! This one is set on a ranch in Texas and I just love a good rancher/cowboy lead character. Throw in that Texas charm and yup, hello Holt.

Is it weird that Macie falls in love with her ex-husband's brother? I think it is. I mean, I think Holt is awesome too, but seriously. Awkward. I just kept thinking the whole time how weird it would be to know your wife slept with your brother. Who is still alive and coming to family dinner. 😳 I don't know. Don't worry though, I can easily set aside my concern and mostly focus on Holt and Macie who are two great characters deserving of happiness and love.

How could Macie not fall for Holt as she watches him fulfill every hope and wish she had going into a marriage before? Holt is all that and a bag of cookies. Chocolate cookies. I loved how easy it was for Holt to extend kindness, respect and love to both Macie and her daughter. Both Holt and Macie are ready for love and the attraction is definitely there. Hummm yumma I love lots of kissing and I sure got it with this book.

This is a great start to this series and I'm really looking forward to the next book, releasing in March. One Summer Day is on KU if you have that.

Content: mention of affairs, kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Nari.
990 reviews8 followers
January 14, 2020
This book has an unusual storyline. Macey is visiting her ex in laws for her daughter Ruby’s sake. While visiting,Macey and Holt her ex husband’s brother start developing feelings for each other. They keep it hidden because the family dynamics is complicated. Holt is a gentlemen and you can’t help liking him. Macey is great but has been wounded by her ex husband Knox. I didn’t much care for Heidi the ex mother in law. I thought that she wasn’t very understanding and kind. Overall the story kept my interest and I enjoyed it.
Profile Image for Kathy.
1,817 reviews11 followers
January 4, 2020
I love the characters of Prosperity Ranch! Macie and sweet little Ruby stole my heart. I loved Holt and his protective, nurturing nature. I look forward to more books in this series!
Profile Image for Adrienne.
2,011 reviews14 followers
January 7, 2020
This was a really fun contemporary romance. Holt made a dreamy leading man, and I liked seeing how Macie asserted herself and decided to go for what she wanted. The chemistry was great. This was a little bit edgier than Heather B. Moore's other contemporary romances (a little bit more swearing and a casual beer) but still clean. I'm excited to read the other books in the series.

I read an ARC provided by the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Cathy.
1,546 reviews40 followers
February 24, 2020
I LOVED the whole feel of this one. It’s set in a small town in Texas, Prosper to be precise. It just feels like a small town intimate and everyone knowing everything about everybody else. The author did such a great job on the setting.

The main character is Macie. She’s come to Texas so her young daughter can get to know the only grandparents she has left. I loved the bravery of Macie to do this. Macie has gotten divorced from Ruby’s dad. And she knows that she’s going to hear all about it from his family. But still she comes, on her own.

Then there’s Holt. He and Macie have a bit of a history. But both of them try to pretend they don’t still have feelings for each other. I really liked Holt. He was so good with Ruby. He does everything he can for his parents, and his siblings. And he’s willing to back off when Macie needs him to.

This was one of those books that just grabbed my attention from the very first page. I can’t wait to read more of this series!

I was sent an e-copy of One Summer Day as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...).
1,517 reviews449 followers
February 25, 2020
I'm so excited for a new contemporary romance series from this author! Her writing style appeals to me and I especially appreciate the maturity in her characters and their genuine personalities. Macie and Holt both have their struggles and regrets, but coming to know each other opens their hearts to hope and healing. I loved the ranch setting and the cozy atmosphere. It was impressive how Macie always treated her mother-in-law with respect, even though it must have been hard with some of the words and attitudes that were well-meaning but hurtful all the same. Holt is such a good uncle and opens Macie's eyes to how wonderful it is to have a supportive and encouraging partner in raising a child. There is plenty of conflict with Macie's ex-husband encroaching on her newfound peace and Holt's new hopes for a deeper relationship with Macie. There are complex family dynamics that come into play, especially with issues with the ranch and their mother's health. The sweet friendship and romance between Macie and Holt, and the fun personality of her daughter bring a lightness that balances the heavier themes. I can't wait to read more in the series!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
670 reviews1 follower
January 4, 2020
I enjoy Heather’s writing style and this story is no exception!
I found that the relationship between Macie and Holt more than a bit unusual... and complicated is a word that is not quite adequate. The fact that they had a whole different life between them that needed to be addressed despite their growing feelings for each other was a struggle for me. I was happy that all was resolved but it seemed a bit too good to be true, especially with the competition between the two brothers.
Being in a small town and within the family would make their budding relationship hard but I liked how they took a step back and accessed the relationship and the impact on others and not just themselves.
I enjoyed this book ( I found it hard to put down) and plan to read more of the Prosperity Ranch.
Profile Image for Scarlet Bushman.
262 reviews
January 10, 2020
3.5 stars. This book is well written like anything else Heather Moore writes. I just didn’t like the plot very much. I didn’t like the idea of someone falling in love with her ex brother in law. The book did a great job of describing the first relationship so it was believable that she could fall in love again with the nicer bother but it was not my favorite story from Heather. Just a personal preference.
Profile Image for Donna Campbell.
2,137 reviews13 followers
January 14, 2020
This is a very thought provoking story. I loved the characters including sweet little Ruby. I especially loved Holt and what a good man he was. This is a sweet, clean romance and I loved it!
Profile Image for Corey.
414 reviews2 followers
January 9, 2020
I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters (and I love how Heather creates memorable villains as well) and I loved the ending.
479 reviews7 followers
January 25, 2020
My thoughts about this book:

• The opening of this story caught my interest right away. I wanted to find out who Macie was and why her marriage to Knox failed. Holt, Macie's ex-brother-in-law, wanted to know the reason, too.
• Holt was a very kind man. I enjoyed the way he handled children. He could outsmart his niece, Ruby, most of the time. It was fun to see this side of him.
• The dilemma presented in this novel: do you tell all the facts about what caused a failed marriage or do you try to protect others by not telling the unsavory truths? The truths will make you look better, but will they hurt others?
• Moore does an amazing job with her dialogues between her characters.
• The writer's words painted clear pictures that helped me to visualize the scenes and the emotions of the characters.
• This was a clean read and I appreciate that.

I was given an advance copy of this book. My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own. I highly recommend this Prosperity Ranch romance and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
5,541 reviews
January 30, 2020
I have to say, I am quite excited that One Summer Day starts the new Prosperity Ranch series by Heather B Moore. I have loved her books and other series in the past and this one is no different. I felt connected to Marie from the start. I could relate to her and understand what she was going through. I loved the chemistry between her and Holt.
I am giving One Summer Day five plus stars. I can not wait to take another trip to Prosperity Ranch.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

29 reviews
January 15, 2020
I just got done reading One Summer Day and enjoyed reading about Holt and Macie's love story. I kind of wished there had been more conflict between the brothers, I guess reading how Knox was I figured he would have put up more of a fight. Nevertheless, I can't wait to read the rest of the Prosperity Ranch series.
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Profile Image for Lorieah.
155 reviews1 follower
January 21, 2020
A sweet, second-chance story. It can be easy to judge people for their mistakes, but we all make them and hope to grow and learn from them. It also takes courage to face up to them. I have to say I was really impressed with how Holt and Macie handled things, and loved seeing them get their HEA.

I received a free copy, and this is an honest review.
Profile Image for Becky Jensen.
61 reviews2 followers
January 6, 2020
The first book of Heather Moore's new Prosperity Ranch series made me very excited for all the rest in the series. I loved Macie and Holt, thought their character development was done very well, and was rooting for them from the start. I can't wait to find out who will star in the next books.
Profile Image for Alison (Ali's Books) Flores.
1,341 reviews35 followers
December 8, 2021
I have to admit I was on the fence about whether I'd like this one or not. The whole premise of falling for a siblings ex-spouse just didn't seem appealing. BUT, I was completely won over to Macie and Holt. Holt's brother Knox made that pretty easy, though. That being said, after the final chapter, I'm holding out hope for Knox. And I'm looking forward to the other sibling's stories, too, along with seeing how things work out for their mom.
I loved the ranch setting. The ranch itself almost seemed like another character that I fell in love with.
And for those of you that don't like sex scenes, this book is for you!
Oh, and I can't forget to mention that I totally had happy tears at the end!
4.5 Stars
Profile Image for Shauna.
1,043 reviews8 followers
July 10, 2020
I really enjoyed the start of this new series. Macie was all kinds of brave and deserved some happy. And Hello Holt. If you like hunky cowboys who save the day, this is your story. I kind of hope to see Barb in the next book. She’s annoying in every way, but I’d like to see her find a bit of happy. And I can’t believe I said that out loud. 😂 I am a fan of this author and she never disappoints.
Profile Image for Joan.
2,196 reviews
June 20, 2021
If I’d been Marcie and been treated the same way by Heidi, I’d have walked out straight away. Unlikeable characters. Barrie was a pastiche, Ruby was too twee for words and I gave up when Holt called Marcie ‘Darlin’ once too often
Profile Image for Vibliophile.
1,518 reviews104 followers
January 28, 2020
(4.5 stars) - all in the family 😏

Macie takes her daughter Ruby to visit her grandparents at their ranch for the summer. It's good for Ruby to know her grandma & grandpa, especially since her ex - their son - is a lowdown dog who isn't paying child support & Macie's running out of money.

Holt has liked Macie ever since he met her the first time - back when she chose his egotistical brat of a brother over him.

They find that they are very attracted to each other, but it's definitely complicated. Unfortunately, Prosperity Ranch isn't in a good financial position either. There's a lot of subtext & underlying tension.

The story is so well written that I was immediately immersed and didn't want to put it down until I was finished. There's some stereotyping in the characters, but the leads have good depth & the secondary characters are done well enough not to feel artificial - though the ex and his selfish villainy comes close.

The chemistry between the leads is pretty spicy (though it remains clean). I really liked how the two communicate and respond more like real people in a difficult situation rather than an angsty stilted romance drama.

Much as I wished Heidi had been more sympathetic & charitable to Macie, the author did an excellent job of helping the reader to understand her perspective. And I really liked how understanding & forgiving Macie was to her.

I also liked how they both tried to be considerate of the family in their decisions. When it all finally gets sorted out, it feels a little pat, but there's a satisfying happily-ever-after.

I'll definitely be looking for the next book in the series.

*Clean romance level: passionate, motor revving kisses but nothing graphic
776 reviews
February 8, 2020
The writing isn't bad, but there was too much going on and too little resolved. The book was very short, and the author moved everything right along, especially the romance, but I didn't feel like the characters were that developed, and it was too obviously the first book in a series. It's fine for a series book to leave some plot points unresolved, but there is one character who is quite ill with cancer, and it it mentioned a lot for a bout the first 60% or so of the book, and then drops almost entirely off the radar. The hero's family accepting the relationship between himself and his former sister-in-law also seems to happen very quickly. There isn't a lot of conflict in the book; the hero and heroine don't temporarily break up because of a stupid misunderstanding or somebody else's conniving, which was refreshing, but I just felt that there was a lot of plot and not a lot of development. That being said, I would probably read the other books in the series just out of curiosity, so the author did develop the characters enough for me to wonder what happens to them. So maybe 2.49 stars.
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42 reviews
March 12, 2020
I thought it might be helpful to share the definitions I use for my ratings. To start with, a 3 is a really good rating. It means the story fully met my expectations for an enjoyable romance read and that I’ll happily read it again. A rating above a 3 is beyond my expectations, and a 5 means it affected me on a deeper level. I rarely give anthologies a rating of 5 because they’re usually too short to get that reaction from me. A rating below a 3 means I will avoid reading it again. If it’s a 1, I will absolutely never read it again.

I greatly enjoyed reading this one! There was a lot going on with the characters that created a greater depth than usual, including Heidi’s (Holt’s mother; Macie’s ex-mother-in-law) cancer and the complexities of the relationships with Macie’s ex-husband. If you like this genre, I highly recommend reading it.
11 reviews
February 4, 2020
Had to stop reading; frustrating and pathetic main character

I realize I'm not a southern woman, so maybe the cancer- ridden women in such a culture would really still be responsible for making meals all day, but by chapter 8, I could not keep reading. WHY is this visitor taking over the meal-making for a woman with cancer in a house with grown men!? They can make their own food. I feel like it's half the story here. Are we supposed to think Macie is amazing for it? She can't stand up one bit for herself with the ridiculously rude and ignorant ex mother- in- law, but we're supposed to think she's amazing for making food for stupid lazy entitled men? I can't stand the dynamic she's written. It's frustrating and pathetic.
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592 reviews
February 18, 2020
What a wonderful story of overcoming heartbreak, and taking a second chance at love. Holt and macie has some troubles to overcome, but they did it together!
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