The Preacher’s Daughter
by Jessica Mills
“The Preacher’s Daughter” is the first book in the ‘Rebel Ranchers’ series by Jessica Mills. It’s a small-town, friends-to-lovers story about the local bad boy and the good girl who end up exploring a new path in life together.
Cash is part of a big family – five brothers, three sisters, and their parents. It’s a tough economy in which to be a rancher and money is tight. He’s the bad boy of the family, and although he’s got a good heart, most of the people in town just see the bad side of him. But he’s got a thing about training pigeons and is really trying to make it into a business. Rebekah is the local preacher’s very beautiful daughter. She owns the floral shop in town and is about as off-limits as she could possibly be. Neither is aware that the other has had a long-standing interest in them, but that’s all about to come to light when Cash is hired to release white pigeons at a wedding Rebekah is doing the flowers for, and which is being officiated by her father.
This is an entertaining story with likable, interesting characters. Cash and Rebekah each grow as individuals, bringing out the best in one another. The relationship between them is sweet, then steamy, and sincere. There are plenty of great secondary characters, including his large family, her father, and an array of quirky townspeople. This was an easy, fun read and I’m looking forward to more closely getting to know the rest of Cash’s family as the series progresses.