I met Kaelin Scott on Instagram a couple months back. Her personality online felt kind and genuine. Curious as to what her books would be like, I immediately put her book Worthy of Love on my reading list. I wasn't sure what to expect from her writing, but it did not disappoint. Read below for my full review.
This love story takes place on a large cattle ranch in Texas. What I love about this setting is it feels real. Wide open spaces, cattle and horses, comfort food, and thick Texas accents you can almost hear as you read the dialogue. Kaelin actually shows you some of the dirty work of running a cattle operation, too. For instance, in one chapter the ranchers have to help a cow in labor by pulling out the calf because the mama is struggling. In this scene she gives some of the finer - if not more gritty - details other authors might leave out. I think this really shows her authenticity and knowledge about ranch life.
Kacey Morgan moves from city life to country Texas in an attempt outrun her past with zero money and zero plan. But when she finds herself working as a cook on Austin Wyatt's cattle ranch, she begins to think she might be able to build a life for herself, fall in love, and escape her past. Austin, on the other hand, finds himself at a crossroads. Although he's falling for Kacey and wants to spend the rest of his life with her, they're missing one important thing in common. Their faith. It's enough of a difference to keep them apart for good. Now Kacey must put closure on her past and both must put faith to the test and decide what they truly believe.
Kaelin wrote a touching love story about two people from two very different upbringings. And not just city girl versus country boy. Kacey grew up unloved and unwanted. Austin grew up cherished and accepted. Kacey wants nothing to do with God, while Austin centers his entire life around his faith. In a delicate balance, Kaelin weaves their lives together. She shows us how we are worthy of love, even while we battle the traumas of our hardships, and how we have the ability to put our faith into Someone bigger than our past and our failures.
My favorite quote came about halfway through the book when Kacey still struggled to believe that she could have a second chance at life. "...this was not and never would be her home. She was merely a guest, buying for time by masquerading as someone worthy of love." Ah, such a beautiful description of how many of us can often feel.
I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a heartwarming story filled with faith, hope, and love.