The Ride of a Lifetime by Kitty McGregor is a contemporary western with the addition of angels, demons and occult practitioners. Our hero, Lucas McCade, has left the rodeo circuit to be a husband to his wife and father to their teenage son. He has uprooted the family from their Texas home to move to Oklahoma where he will become a ranch foreman. His wife is thrilled; his son is resentful.
While the McCade parents are drawing closer to God and each other, son Connor is pulling away. As he tries to help a troubled girl, the angelic and demonic forces surrounding the town are introduced to the story. Frankly, I found this a bit distracting, because it was not consistent with the tone of the rest of the book. I enjoy contemporary westerns and I enjoy Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness books, but am not enthusiastic about them being mixed together. Aside from the change in tone, the book is an enjoyable read with suspense building toward the climax.
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