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On His Bended Knee

by Shanae Johnson

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She needed a place to stay. He needed to save his ranch. Together they just might make a home.Sgt. Dylan Banks lost more than just his leg in the war. His fiancée and family turned their backs on him as well. Now, he's determined to create a safe place where wounded warriors like himself can heal. But a hidden zoning law requires all residents of the Purple Heart Ranch to be married. To save his dream, Dylan and his men will have to tie the knot-but can a man with such deep scars inside and out believe in love again? Maggie Shaw lost both her job as a veterinary technician and her apartment on the same day. Who knew her unreasonable landlord would kick her out for being four dogs over the one pet limit? Now, she and her gang of special-needs dogs are in trouble. Then fate puts her in Dylan's path with a proposal that seems too good to be true-but can her heart bear a loveless marriage of convenience? Dylan yearns to reach out for Maggie's healing touch, but he keeps his distance, convinced his wounds are too deep for her embrace. Maggie sees past Dylan's injuries, but if she fails to capture his heart they both could lose it all: her beloved animals, his ranch, and each other. Find out if love can truly heal all wounds in this light-hearted, sweet romance of convenient arrangements that unfold into lasting love. On His Bended Knee is the first in a series of marriage of convenience tales featuring Wounded Warriors who are healed with the power of love.… (more)
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I don't believe I have read any other books by this author. I actually liked the book for the most part and planned to rate it higher, but looking at other reviewers comments has me questioning that.

WARNING: SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW. READ MORE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION
*****

Likes:
*I like the idea of a ranch designed to help injured veterans (and I think injured non-veterans also).

*I like that the ranch gave Dylan a purpose as well as a place to do his rehab. I like that it also gave other veterans a place to call home.

*I like Maggie's empathy to hurting creatures (animal and human) and her willingness to try to help the dogs she takes in to have better lives. (I didn't notice until later that some of the dogs's injuries paralleled those of the veterans who call the ranch home.)

*I like that the characters are not perfect. They have flaws and insecurities to overcome. Not all of them do in the pages of this book, but some do and if the series continues, I suspect we will see others do so as well.

*the dogs!! (As I said above, it took me a while to realize that the dogs's injuries often matched those of one of the veterans who lived on the ranch. I do wonder if that dog (or another animal) will be instrumental in the healing for that person.

Dislikes:
*I'm not sure I agree with Pastor Patel's idea of arranged marriages. Yes, if it works as this book claims--that you are close enough with your parents that they know what you want in a spouse--then it might, but I am not sure that all arranged marriages work out that way.

*I understand the idea of a marriage of convenience. But Biblically, marriage is a covenant. I'd have to consider if this arrangement met the idea of that covenant--of course this is fiction, and they grow to truly love each other--but real life isn't fiction and in real life, things don't always work out in the way that they do when a writer directs the flow of the story. I'd hate someone to think this is how all marriages of convenience work.

Things that didn't seem to make sense:
*Maggie is a vet tech. When we first meet her, she is doing surgery on a dog. First the dog needs amputations, then it's going to be put down, then she just wraps it up and carries it out to her car to take home. Can a vet tech do surgery? It seems the doctor of the clinic is present--and is the one pushing for putting the dog to sleep--so why is he not doing the surgery? How can he be seeing a client's cat and be all smiles while his vet tech is doing a serious surgery on a dog--a surgery of which he apparently doesn't approve? Also, the dog seems to wake up rather quickly from the anesthesia if it's woofing as she's carrying it out to her car.

*The zoning of the ranch area seems to come up late in the process. (and at a rather convenient time). Didn't they know what the ranch land was zoned prior to this point? Who is making the big stink about it being zoned for family not commercial use? Is it the owners? Do they not want to sell? Is it the neighbors doing a NIMBY? To my mind, there should be other ways out of the problem than one of the veteran's needing to get married in a hurry. In this day and age, family gets interpreted in ways other than married with kids, so this shouldn't have been an issue and it seems a bit contrived to get the main characters together.

*How does Dylan end up with an infection from diving into the water and the dog (who was in the water longer) doesn't? Also, Dylan loses his prosthesis in the water. Does he just leave it there an get another one? Does someone else try to fish it out of the water for him to see if it can be saved? How does Dylan get back to the house with only one leg? ( )
  JenniferRobb | Apr 4, 2021 |
Disabled vets are living on a rescue ranch, but the only way they can keep it is to get married ( )
  nancynova | Mar 17, 2021 |
Out of a heartbreaking story, comes a truly inspirational message. One emotional journey, two unforgettable characters and an exceptionally gifted author make a winning combination. On His Bended Knee is more than just a sappy love story. Johnson uses Dylan and Maggie to inspire hope at a time neither have any left. Out of desperation grows a bond that becomes the salve that mends the body, mind and spirit of two broken souls. Neither life or love is perfect, but beauty surrounds us even in the most ugly of times. A soul stirring, awe-inspiring, epic tale.

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  Lashea677 | Feb 16, 2019 |
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She needed a place to stay. He needed to save his ranch. Together they just might make a home.Sgt. Dylan Banks lost more than just his leg in the war. His fiancée and family turned their backs on him as well. Now, he's determined to create a safe place where wounded warriors like himself can heal. But a hidden zoning law requires all residents of the Purple Heart Ranch to be married. To save his dream, Dylan and his men will have to tie the knot-but can a man with such deep scars inside and out believe in love again? Maggie Shaw lost both her job as a veterinary technician and her apartment on the same day. Who knew her unreasonable landlord would kick her out for being four dogs over the one pet limit? Now, she and her gang of special-needs dogs are in trouble. Then fate puts her in Dylan's path with a proposal that seems too good to be true-but can her heart bear a loveless marriage of convenience? Dylan yearns to reach out for Maggie's healing touch, but he keeps his distance, convinced his wounds are too deep for her embrace. Maggie sees past Dylan's injuries, but if she fails to capture his heart they both could lose it all: her beloved animals, his ranch, and each other. Find out if love can truly heal all wounds in this light-hearted, sweet romance of convenient arrangements that unfold into lasting love. On His Bended Knee is the first in a series of marriage of convenience tales featuring Wounded Warriors who are healed with the power of love.

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