To Heal a Rancher’s Broken Heart – Extended Epilogue

Four Years Later

The large, calloused hands of Lou held onto his wife’s soft shoulders as he guided her towards the back of their family home. He had been planning for this moment for almost two years. It was the first thing he wanted to do on the day Eleanor agreed to spend the rest of her life with him.

And now that day was finally happening.

“Lou? Where in heaven’s name are you taking me?” Eleanor let out a slight chuckle as she struggled to keep her balance while blind-folded. It did not help that she was also seven months pregnant with their first child. “Darling, how much further?” Though she tried to keep her voice light and jovial, Eleanor felt the effects of the afternoon pregnancy fatigue. It brought her joy to be carrying Lou’s child. Through their year of courtship, they had discussed whether or not they wanted to have a large family, or even a family at all. Lou promised he would remain patient until Eleanor was ready. And even if she never would be, Lou assured her his love would never die because his heart would forever be connected to Eleanor, children or no children.

During their first two years of marriage, Eleanor had enjoyed the freedom she found being Lou’s wife. She could come and go as she pleased. She could spend her days painting the second-story bedroom Lou had given to her for her studio. It was not as large as her father’s shed. But it was from Lou and she would make it work.

Every day, there were new creations with experiments on brush strokes and types of paints she would have shipped in from across the country. Eleanor had everything she could ever want. But, sadly, Mrs. Woods still felt a void in her heart. She carried a heavy soul and she could not figure out the source for her loneliness.

“Perhaps you want to become a mother after all, Nelley.” Anastasia lounged on the chaise in Eleanor’s studio during one of her biweekly visits to the Triple W. Eleanor paused in thought, her paintbrush hanging in the air as she held it near the canvas.

“Do you really think that’s it, Mamma? Do you think I want to become a mamma myself? Am I ready to become a mamma myself?” Eleanor stared off into the distance, her mind racing uncontrollably.

“I was just like you, my darling. I wanted my freedom. And your papa gave me that freedom. But, once I had it, I knew there was still so much more to life and I could not figure out what that was exactly.”

Anastasia stared out the floor-to-ceiling window. “And no one is ever truly ready for anything, Nelley dear. Motherhood is natural. It is something the Lord put in us women to embrace and make as our own. There were times I messed up and should have done things differently. But, through His abundant grace, God gave me the wisdom and strength to be the mother I had always hoped to be.”

Eleanor sat on her stool and processed the possibility. It had never occurred to her that the desire would come naturally. She never realized that, as her mother had said, being a child’s mamma would be something she would simply know how to do.

After that conversation, Eleanor and Lou started on their family immediately. Once she had overcome her initial fears, Eleanor soon fell pregnant with child and began the journey of motherhood.

Lou had been wonderful through the entire adventure. He knew it was by God’s grace that the longing had been placed in Eleanor’s heart. And Lou thanked the Good Lord daily for planting that seed in her, the desire and child alike.

It was one of the main reasons he had decided to surprise Eleanor with his own creation. He knew they would be needing to transform her studio into a nursery. And it was high time Eleanor had been praised for her accomplishments as an artist.

Lou leaned down and whispered softly into her ear.

“Just a few steps more, my Love. Just a few steps more.”

And true to his word, Lou guided her only a few feet away from where they had been walking. Eleanor felt the excitement bubble in her heart as the anticipation stirred in her soul.

Softly, Lou untied the blindfold covering her eyes as he stood in front of her blocking her view.

“Are you ready, my Love?”

Eleanor nodded as she instinctively and lightly rested her hands on her maternal bump.

Lou stepped behind her, revealing an extensive building tucked away behind a picturesque view of gigantic oak and pines.

“Lou! What is this? Is this for me?” She saw him nod as she continued to stammer her words. “But you told me this was for the ranch.”

“It is, Ellie. It’s for what you will bring to the ranch.”

Lou pulled Eleanor along gently by her hand tightly clasped into his and opened the large wooden double doors wide.

“Surprise!” A loud cheer resounded from inside the enormous painting studio. Eleanor and Lou’s family and friends clapped and congratulated with full elation.

“Oh, my word! How did you ever pull this off, Lou?” She smiled at the way his mustache turned up with a mischievous grin.

“That’s what happens when you take long naps regularly during the afternoon. I know when you’re going to be asleep and when I can gather all our friends and family together without you hearing a sound.”

“You sly devil you! Oh, this is wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!”

Eleanor took in her surroundings of the wide-open spaces ready to display her paintings. Blank easels lined the perimeter waiting for Eleanor’s new creations. There was a second-level gallery where Lou had taken the freedom to hang her exquisite works of art she had painted since the first day in her father’s workshop, four years earlier.

Lou had cornered-off an entire section on the first floor of the studio for her work to come together. He had built her cabinets and shelves lining the wall that held all her painting supplies with much more space for other purchases she would make in the coming future. She had never seen a place so full and wonderful as the original studio her loving husband had built for her with his own two hands.

“Sweetie! It’s divine, truly divine!” Rona ran up to her best friend’s side and hugged her gently. “Lou really did this one right!” Rona shined a bright smile up at Lou who lowered his head humbly.

Eleanor slipped her arm into the crook of her husband’s elbow, just as they had done their first night together.

“Yes, Rona! He most definitely did. I truly am a blessed woman.”

Stepping up behind Rona, a much more confidant and much calmer Weber wrapped his arm around her waist. “Congratulations, Eleanor. I am thrilled for you. You deserve every bit of it.” Weber turned his attention over to Lou who lifted his head politely as his guest approached them. “And well done, Lou. I think you are the only man who could have ever pulled off something so elaborate as this. Especially without Eleanor finding out.”

“Thanks, Weber. And thank you for lending me some of your men to help with the construction. Sure made it go up much quicker than if I only had the boys to do the job.”

Weber nodded. “I’ll be callin’ in that favor come drovin’ time. You have got the best team in the state. Don’t know how you got ‘em without anyone else having the chance to snatch ‘em up from under ye’, but you got ‘em.”

Lou puffed out his chest, proud of the group of men who remained faithful to him. “The boys know how to get the job done when it matters the most.” Lou nodded with a smile, “And, of course, as long as we’re not drovin’ our own lot, you are more than welcome to anything at the Triple W.”

Relationships had changed dramatically between the trio after the four years of confrontation. At first, Weber had become so upset with the whole situation that he secluded himself from anyone and anything. No one had seen him around town. No one had heard from him in the livestock community for a good six months. It was as if he had dropped off the face of the earth completely.

But after a conversation with Eleanor, Rona took it upon herself to reach out to Weber to see how he was doing. And that initial meeting led to the two of them forming a strong relationship, eventually leading to their courtship four years later.

Eleanor smiled as she watched Rona and Weber move to the makeshift dance-floor Lou had constructed for the grand reveal. It brought joy to Eleanor’s heart to see the two of them find such happiness with one another.

Rona was just the woman Weber needed to keep him on track. For the past three years, the two courted one another happily. Weber became a doting boyfriend as Rona became a strong yet caring person, making them both the perfect match for one another.

Having a moment to themselves, Lou took hold of Eleanor’s hand and guided her to a corner of the studio.

“Are you truly happy with it, my Love? Is it okay that I’ve done this for you?” Lou stared into her eyes as she gazed up at his.

Eleanor could not believe her blessings. After four years, she had learned how to balance being a wife to a cattle ranch owner. She could not believe she would have a child in less than three months’ time with the man she loved.

“Yes, Lou. This is more than okay. This is all I have ever wanted. Of course, I’ll just paint in my free time especially with the little one coming.”

“Ellie, Sweetheart. I want you to paint as much as your heart desires. There will be plenty of help with our baby. You know folks will want to take care of the young’un every chance they can get.”

Lou brushed a loose curl from over her brow.

“In fact, I think you should have your own art show in the new exhibition hall they just built next door to The Grand. I’m sure Rona’s Pa will be more than happy to let you show off your work.”

Eleanor continued to gaze into her husband’s eyes. She had never known so much love and honor and devotion as she did from Lou in that perfect moment.

And she and Lou would continue to live their lives with the same love and honor and devotion forever, as long as they both lived.

THE END

64 thoughts on “To Heal a Rancher’s Broken Heart – Extended Epilogue”

    1. Yes, I enjoyed it ever so much! Keep up with your writing so all of us can inspired and uplifted by your stories!

    2. Thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between all your characters but especially with the references to God and asking for His guidance. And also enjoyed immensely the developed peace between Lou and Weber and that he became a better man with a renewed passion for his life!

        1. I loved this book. I am getting to know you as a great author. I enjoy all of your books and characters. They’re giving me some romance in my life.

    3. Enjoyed your story so much and hoped the extended epilog would mention something about Weber and if he had changed! Loved God’s spirit you so well brought into many times throughout the story that helped each situation and those praying for guidance, as we all should who know our Heavenly Father as our only solution during troubling times. God has richly blessed you and I look forward to reading many more of your gifted stories.

    4. Ms Ellen
      “to Heal A Ranchers Broken Heart” has absolutely been a fabulous book and extended epilogue. Lou and Eleanor were the best couple and I hurt so much when Weber put a wedge between them. I am glad she is enjoying her painting and getting ready to have a baby and also that Rona was able to settle Weber down for a good courtship.
      Very sincerely

      1. Thank you so much for your heartfelt words! I’m thrilled you enjoyed “To Heal A Rancher’s Broken Heart.” Lou and Eleanor’s journey truly touched my heart too. Wishing you many more joyful reading adventures! 📚💕

  1. A New author and this book is Amazing. Hope you will continue to write more wonderful love stories. Wish you all the Best and waiting for your next book eagerly. Love from France

    1. This was a wonderful story. I could not stop reading till I finished the book. Keep writing. You have a great way of expressing yourself. Louise K.

  2. Enjoyable story with people who wanted different things out of life. With time, prayer and understanding they are able to have a good life.

  3. I really enjoyed the love story between these two. I really
    Liked how the story moved along and not repeated its self. Keep writing these wonderful love stories.

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and the extended epilogue. It was a sweet story; you brought the characters to life with skillful writing displaying real life emotions that we have all experienced, thought or observed in others. I felt like I’d been transported into another time period and could mentally visualize the scenarios. I especially liked the way scriptures associated with the appropriate situations at the moment were incorporated. Several times I found myself agreeing that I often times “talk” to my GOD much like Lou did so often. More specifically, how often have we looked up and asked HIM, “why are you allowing all these things to happen to me?” Been there, done that. It served to validate that we’re not the only ones who hold conversations with our Lord. Your story writing provided just enough “anxiety, suspense and intrigue” to keep me up way past my bedtime so I could discover “what happened” next. Thank you for this lovely story.

  5. I enjoyed the story though was a bit frustrated with the characters who claimed to be at one with god yet there was lying and cheating going on , not to mention prideful and bullying behaviour. Glad it all worked out for a moment I thought Webber was a Dangerous psychopath.

    1. Thank you so much for your honest feedback dear Carol, I really appreciate it! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, and I will keep your comments in mind for future stories 🙂

      1. not a criticism of your writing just an observation of the characters. I’m not a religious person and one always expects better behaviour from those who claim to be one with the Lord. We all take different things out of a story don’t we. I was having a bad day so was negative in my thought process upon reflection it was a story highlighting differences and misunderstandings which through better communication and a little bit of love allows the light to shine through. So well done for making me change my mind when I took time to reflect. I always enjoy extended epilogues.

        1. This is such a thoughtful comment dear Carol and I absolutely love that my story made you take time to reflect on the actions of the characters! They are flawed people for sure, just like all of us 🙂

  6. The story was loaded with lessons of being a better person. Learning to understand life is not easy. Another person’s view may be tainted from past difficulty, and you learn to have more compassion and forgiveness towards them.

  7. I so enjoyed the story it wasn’t just a love story there was intrigue. Wondering who and why the ranch was being sabotaged So happy to have been able to read Extended Epilogue. Finished everything of nicely was so glad at the end of it all Weber came good and found love. Loved it. Look forward to more

  8. I read this wonderful story last year, therefore, when it came up again I couldn’t turn it down. Loved it.

  9. From reading all of the comments, I see that most agree with me; you have a wonderful way with creating a good read, and a masterful way with the words you paint to allow your readers to step right onto the pages! I, too, love reading books with godly references. They are asweet reminder to me to lean not on my own understanding, but to follow HIS princilpes to keep my life going on a smooth path whatever tbe circumstances.I particularly enjoyed tbe understanding way Lou’s father-in-law to be gently corrected his wife as he admonished both her and.her daughter to followtheir own patns; if only it worked so well in real life!!! Thanks for sharing your heart in these wonderfully readable goodreads!

  10. What a wonderful extended epilogue! Loved how you brought Weber and Lou together and gave Weber some happiness of his own! I really liked how you were able to have the characters find real joy in turning to God. Thank you for a wonderful story!

  11. It’s good to see that people who say they’re Christians act like Christians and extend love and care to one another. Good to see that Weber found a reciprocated love

  12. I am in the process of reading a collection of your books and cannot believe that each is better than the one before! I think it’s the best yet, but so far I’ve been wrong. I hope to read many more of your books, and soon!

  13. Loved your book. I appreciated how your characters worked to be true to their Christian beliefs, and yet you showed how we often fall short and need to go back to God for His strength and guidance. Looking forward to reading another of your books.

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