Book Reviews

Book Review: Refuge

Title: Refuge

Author: Willa J. Brand

Publication Date: May 30 2020

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Western Romance


Taylor is a mother on the run from an abusive husband, searching for a safe place for she and her young son. Convinced that her possessive spouse is hunting them, she is paranoid, exhausted and virtually penniless. Finding herself stranded in rural Montana, she is taken in by a couple who help her not knowing her past, and she is able to find work on their ranch. She intends on staying only long enough to save the money needed to move on to a large city where she believes they will be safer. But as time passes friendships develop, as does a love interest, and Taylor struggles to hold on to her secrets. Inevitably, her past catches up with her and her worst fears will become reality.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My favourite part of this book was definitely the cowboy/ranch aspects.I don’t really know if that has to do with how it was written because I generally enjoy stories that take place on ranches, where the characters do ranch wok and ride horses and stuff. And yes most of my the stories that contribute e to this love of cowboy/ranch stories is from Wattpad but it’s still very much valid. But I do think those aspects of the story were written well.

The MC was written in such a way that you came to care for her really quickly. She was also really likable. Her initial thought processes and behavior were quite believable given her background but I enjoyed watching her grow as a person, she was also a really strong character.

The side characters were also really likable and I like watching all the relationships grow. Her love interest was a good character and I could see the romance build up but I still felt like it was lacking.

While the main conflict wrapped up quickly and easily I didn’t feel it was rushed or lazy.

That’s All I Got, Romy.

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