Friday, March 4, 2016

Book Review: "Heart of a Cowboy" by Susan Page Davis, Miralee Ferrell, Yvonne Lehman, and Vickie McDonough

"Heart of a Cowboy" is a collection of 4 novellas with a cowboy as the hero.

Hearts in Pursuit: Abby Banter goes on a manhunt to find the caballeros that kidnapped her sister and the neighbor's son. While on the mission to bring back his brother and Ellen Banter, Sam Hardy feels himself wanting to protect Abby, but is it just the dangerous situation they are in, or something more?

I liked the characters, but didn't really feel like the romance was shown very much. There were only a few times that the characters were shown to feel something, but it wasn't elaborated very much. I would have liked to see them fall in love rather than it just be an epilogue type thing.

Hearts Reunited by Miralee Ferrell: Jesse Townsend is back home to run the ranch after his father died. When a prized mare gets injured, he must call on his neighbor, Mercedes Taylor. Growing up, they had been best friends until a falling out between their families caused hurt and heartache. Can they find their way back to the friendship they had or will they be doomed to follow in their fathers' footsteps?

I liked Jesse and Mercedes, although she was a little annoying with not wanting to accept help (but this sets her up to be able to grow and learn from the past). They both needed to deal with what happened when they were kids and learn how to move past it. I was glad to see they looked to God for guidance on how to do that.

Have Dress Will Marry by Yvonne Lehman: Julie Hayes sees marriage as the only way she can escape life with her step-father. Tim Sullivan rescues Julie and brings her to his home where the rest of his family takes her in as one of their own. Will misunderstandings and accusations keep them apart?

I had fun reading this story. I liked Tim and his desire to do the right thing even if it meant Julie ended up with someone else. I also liked his little brother, Ryan, and found him to be a bit of comic relief.

The Hand-Me-Down Husband by Vickie McDonough: Ellen Stewart travels to Silver Springs, Texas to help care for her niece after her sister dies. She isn't prepared for the work involved, or the joys that come with the task. When her father insists she comes home, what will she do? Can she be happy with a hand-me-down husband? Lance Garrett is stretched thin trying to run the ranch and care for his daughter, so he is glad for his sister-in-law's help around the house. What should he do when his father-in-law wants her to come home?

This story had a "mail order bride" feel to it with Ellen traveling far from home to help a (virtual) stranger care for his young child. The characters were likeable. There isn't a lot of romance until the epilogue, which was a little disappointing. I enjoyed the story, nevertheless.

Overall, I liked this book and enjoyed that the novellas in it didn't take a long time to read. It was fun to read about the different cowboys and how they found love.

"Heart of a Cowboy" is available for Kindle:
  • File Size: 2377 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (March 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019R0PL9I

and in paperback:
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Brook INK (February 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1943959021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1943959020
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

I received a free copy of this book in order for me to review it. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

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