This is actually the first book in this series/trilogy but was published 2nd. Each book has it's own couple but Winter's End(listed as book 1 but is actually book 3) has the couple in this book already together. So it's Waiting Out the Storm, Ready Made Family, then Winter's End. I think Winter's End was my fave but I enjoyed all 3 stories and they're tear jerkers too but all have HEA's. This one the woman is branded as bad because of her stepfather and half-brother/stepbrother. Her brother's widow is an alcoholic(she gets her story in Ready Made Family) and her children stay with Sarah a while and the veterinarian who avoids her like crazy(his grandfather was a victim of the halfbrother/stepfather's money scheme)ends up buying his dream property right near Sarah's place! Arguments, reconciliation, pets growing old...just a good story overall and introduces the next book's heroine as well.
When family tragedy strikes, Sarah Slocum steps in as guardian to her two nieces and nephew. But raising children isn't like raising sheep, and the beautiful shepherd soon finds herself in over her head. Who'd have guessed that new neighbor Craig Macklin would jump in to lend a hand? Craig's always held a grudge against SlocumsSarah included. Now the handsome local vet is helping with her livestock, giving her young nephew a job and smiling at her every chance he gets. Sarah must decide whether she can trust Craigand God's planand allow him into her family.