Kate Pearce’s Western romance trilogy features the Morgan brothers, who one by one are being called back to their small California hometown to save the family ranch. In THE MAVERICK COWBOY, Blue Morgan is dealing with life after the marines and the discovery that he has an eleven year old daughter he never knew about, but no matter how intense life gets, his favorite food, an old heirloom family recipe – Grandma DuPont’s Peaches & Cream Cake – can always put a smile on his face. And the smile on Grandma Ruth’s face as he enjoys it, is icing on the cake.

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
3 oz package of vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 Tbsp butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
1 29 oz can drained peaches or apricots in heavy syrup. (reserve 3 tbsp. of the syrup)
1 8 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 Tbsp – 1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. Butter sides and bottom of a 10″ deep pie plate.

Mix flour, salt, baking powder and pudding mix. Blend in butter, egg and milk. Mix until smooth. Spread in pie pan. Arrange fruit on top of batter.

Beat cream cheese with 1/2 c. sugar and 3 tbsp. reserved juice. Spoon over peaches. Mix 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Bake for 40 minutes until brown. Serve room temp or cold with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

 

The heartbreak of their childhood drove the Morgan brothers far from their family’s California ranch—and one another. But as they face the wounds of the past, each feels the land calling him home . . . Blue Morgan never thought he’d crave long days on horseback, working the cattle ranch where he grew up. But after a decade of getting shouted and shot at in the Marines, fresh air and hard work are just what he needs to settle his restless energy. Except no matter how hard he tries to focus, his mind wanders to the pretty, prickly new veterinarian instead.

There’s no denying the spark between Jenna McDonald and Blue. But with her job at risk and her own family’s expectations to wrangle, Jenna isn’t looking for another sparring partner. Blue needs her expertise on horses. And if she can help solve his mother’s disappearance, she’s willing to pitch in. But she’ll leave his ideas about how love should be scheduled to him. Jenna is tired of being told what she can’t have—and ready to reach for what she wants . . .

“If you love cowboys—and who doesn’t—you’ll love the Morgans!” —Cora Seton, New York Times bestselling author on The Reluctant Cowboy

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