36,910 words
138 pages
 Women's romantic fiction delivered without profanity or explicit sex.

   To Cindy, employment as a housekeeper at a remote ranch in the middle of 3000 plus acres in West Texas represents solitude. To the stoic Cade, a housekeeper means that he can spend more time out on the range, doing the work he loves.
    They are two normal people, happy with their jobs. They respect and admire each other. It really is that simple…at first.
    As the weather and Cade begin to warm, Cindy's heart begins to melt. Their relationship buds and blooms gradually, taking them both by surprise. Neither knows how to handle the situation and they are too confused to communicate.
If they don't discuss their problems, they may lose the things that are most important to them.

Book Description:

​Cindy is working in a restaurant in a little West Texas town when Russell Cade offers her a housekeeping job at his ranch. It's a huge old house on more than 3000 remote acres. Against her best friend's advice, Cindy accepts the job and moves to a room in the old ranch house. Cade is a stoic person who appears to have no sense of romance and Cindy is not attracted to him.
Cindy falls in love with the old house and the beautiful country. Cade is always a complete gentlemen. He spends all day working on the ranch and she has a hot meal ready for him when he gets home. They both love the arrangement.
Their respect and admiration for each other gradually spawns a much deeper emotion - one that gets out of control in fuzzy stages.

Editor's Review

"Courtship of the Recluse" is a love story about two compassionate people who find contentment on a 3000 plus acre ranch in west Texas. They are both basking in the solitude of the secluded ranch when they are unexpectedly bitten by the love bug.

Cindy is an independent young woman struggling to make a living after the death of her father. Cade is content riding the range on the ranch he inherited, but he forces himself to get away from the ranch once a week by going out to eat.
Neither Cade nor Cindy is ready for a relationship. It catches them reluctant and unprepared. Their love for each other is kindled by respect and admiration and grows slowly until it unexpectedly bursts into a flame of passion.

The love scenes are neither explicit nor condoned and there is a gentle moral message in the story. It is an easy read that is hard to put down.

Reader Comments:

"This is definitely my favorite book of yours so far. Amazingly perfect in delivery, description and plot."

"I loved this book! It is absolutely one of the best written I have read, and I read a lot!! It flowed fast enough and had just enough tension to keep me reading until it was finished! Thank you for making it available to read..."

"Awesome story! So different from the everyday romance story. I like this one very much because of its compassion from the beginning and so realistic to those individuals that live on a modern world but their rustic heartfelt desires are kept forever with simplicity, kindness and everlasting love in their lives."

"Thanks for a story that a man can enjoy. I do not like bodice-rippers, but rather enjoy reading about some of the real-life struggles. As a man that has been married for over 40 yrs I am starting to see my life and marriage slowly winding down due to my wife's declining health. It certainly has taught me sensitivity and better communication skills. Thanks again."

"A very good simple romance, held my interest. I read the whole book in a couple of hours. I read a lot, am a huge Austen and Bronte fan so is unusual for romance novels to hold my interest. Thank you for the book."

"It was so nice to read a clean book that left things to my imagination. Suggestion is far better than intimate details, we are able to sort those out for ourselves. The story was very hard to pull away from but easy to pick up again. It will be a book that will live with me awhile. Thank You"

Amazon Reviews:

"This is such a sweet love story. It's honest & believable. The characters are flawed but kind. It reminds me a little of my courtship with my husband.

"This story is one of the sweetest I've ever read and I just love Russ. Cindy and Russ's relationship is hesitant at first and their courtship is definitely full of some miss communication and crazy sisters, but that made it that much more enjoyable for me. The love scene was really sweet and didn't go into too much detail. My favorite moment in this story was when Cindy was ill and Russ took charge and made sure she was taken care of. It was such a tender moment and really said a lot about Russ's character. I highly recommend this charming story to anyone looking for a sweet romance without a lot of detailed love scenes."

"This book is by far my favorite story of all time. I read this story a few years ago and decided to re-read the book. I'm happy I did. I enjoyed the updated version of the story available on the author's website. I like that the author added more background information for Russel's choices and lifestyle. More internal dialogue from Russel's point of view regarding his intentions to court Cindy would complete the story even more. I just don't want this story to end...."

"Cindy is working at a diner in a small west Texas town when Russ, a secretive cowboy, offers her a position as a housekeeper and cook at his house on a remote ranch. Cindy accepts, believing it will be a good opportunity to save money for a house of her own. Thus begins the courtship of the recluse. I absolutely loved this story. Russ is the perfect hero. He is shy and reserved, but from the very beginning is also honorable and kind. A particularly tender moment occurs when Cindy is ill, and he takes care of her. Watching these two fall in love is entertaining and heartwarming."

"This was a lovely story. I would easily purchase more of her books if she published more in paperback format. Great story with fully realized characters."

Public Bookshelf Comments:

"I haven't read a good romantic novel like this for a long time. It takes a lot life experience to write novels that are enlighten and inspiration. Both main characters are well developed and realistic. Russ and Cynthia are simple and normal people. Sometimes, people just don't know what to say, how to say and stay silent. This is where things get complicated and problematic.The lack of trust, no explanation of their action and unsure of each other's emotion bring a lot sadness to their otherwise happy life.Thank you for writing this wonderful novel which I enjoyed very much."

"This was one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in many, many books. It was a story that kept true to the character of both Russ & Cindy while carefully kindling and developing a relationship between them. The story moved right along without any boring or dragging episodes, and I couldn't stop reading until Zach finished his lunch. Thank you for sharing this; it blessed me deeply."

"This story was like none other that i have ever read. It was realistic and suspenseful at times. The character, Cynthia, i pictured myself as which i do with most books really. Cade's character was super realistic and mysterious. This book gets a six out of five for me that is how great it was. This story showed more real life things than most do because they were saying things when they should and being quiet when they should. This story made me get a little emotional cause I'm like that. Thank you for writing this heart felt story!"

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Courtship of he Recluse 
A Love Story
 by Linda Louise Rigsbee
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    When Cynthia accepts a job as a housekeeper on a remote West Texas ranch with the stoic Russel Cade, the idea of romance is ludicrous, but the ranch and its owner steal her heart. A sweet love story.  
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