Willing to Wed the Rancher by Jody Hedlund Book Review

Willing to Wed the Rancher by Jody Hedlund Book Review

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Willing to Wed the Rancher by Jody Hedlund is a sweet romance with danger and swoony kisses.


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Willing to Wed the Rancher

Author: Jody Hedlund

Pub. Date: June 25, 2024

Series: High Country Ranch book 2

Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Pages: 225

Rating: 5 stars

Spice: none

Content Warnings: murder & blood


Assistant schoolteacher Clarabelle Oakley has a hard time saying no. When Eric Meyer, widowed father of two of her young students, proposes to her, she botches her effort to tell him no and that she wants to marry for love, not convenience. Only days later, the unthinkable happens, and Clarabelle learns she’s been given charge of Eric’s children and his farm.

Professor Franz Meyer arrives in Summit County, Colorado, to make peace with his estranged brother but discovers Eric is gone, leaving too many unanswered questions. One thing he knows for certain, however, is that he’s fallen in love at first sight with Clarabelle and is determined to win her heart.

As Franz investigates what happened to his brother, danger closes in. He wants to keep Clarabelle and the children safe, but she resists the relationship because her twin sister has staked a claim on Franz. Will Clarabelle choose to say yes to love before Franz is taken from her forever?


Book Review

Thank you to the author for the ARC of Willing to Wed the Rancher by Jody Hedlund. All opinions are my own.

This is book two in the High Country Ranch series, and it’s just as good as book one! As soon as I finished reading book one, I immediately started reading this book because I loved the characters in this series.

This book had a swoony romance with elements of danger, mystery, and a focus on family.



The chemistry between Clarabelle and Franz was amazing! From their first meeting, I could tell that they would be great together.

Clarabelle was such a sweet protagonist, and I loved that she had a servant’s heart. She was willing to sacrifice her time and future plans to take care of children that were not her own.

Franz was such a charming love interest, and I enjoyed seeing him spend time with the children and Clarabelle.

Besides the romance, I liked the elements of danger and mystery in this story. I wanted to find out what was going on, and I liked not knowing what would happen next in the plot.

I will say that the ending felt a bit rushed to me, and it was more open-ended than I would prefer. I hope that the author circles back to these characters within the rest of the series because I want to know what happens to them!

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this book if you like closed door romances with amazing chemistry. I’m so excited to read the next book in this series!


Where to Read & Purchase

You can purchase a copy of this book at the following retailers:

Bookshop.org (supports independent book stores) [affiliate]

Amazon [affiliate]

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Barnes & Noble


You can also find this book on:

Kindle Unlimited 


Have you read Willing to Wed the Rancher or any other books by Jody Hedlund?

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