Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Reluctant Cowgirl Review

I read Reluctant Cowgirl last week and loved it. I've heard great things about Christine's writing, even had one of her books sitting in my TBR pile, but never quite got it to the top of the pile. Now I can't wait to go back and read that one, too.

In Reluctant Cowgirl, Crystal McCord has left her hometown in Arkansas to make it big in NYC. After seven years, another play she's in is closing and then she finds her boyfriend with her roommate. What's a girl to do other than run home for a family meeting that's been called. While there, she has to decide whether to postpone her dream for a few weeks to help her parents live one of theirs.

There are issues all over the place. Crystal ran from home after a tragedy she hasn't dealt with. The neighboring cowboy who will help reacclimate her to the ranch has tragedies of his own that he's dealing with. Can two broken people help each other without becoming co-dependent? And can Crystal get to the core of her dream?

Crystal is supported in her pursuits but a delightful cast of family. I loved these interactions and can't wait for the sequels that are sure to come about some of her siblings. And there were so many times this book could have fallen into a cliche, but it never did. Instead, I kept reading because I wanted to know what Crystal would do. Would she open her heart or would she pursue a dream? I kept wondering what I would do if I were in Crystal's shoes. So a wonderful book releasing just in time for summer vacation reading.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Reluctant Cowgirl, go HERE

ABOUT Reluctant Cowgirl

Actress Crystal McCord gave up the closeness of her big family in order to make a name for herself on the New York City stage. But when life in the Big Apple turns sour, she follows a country road back to her parents Arkansas ranch.

The last thing she expects to find in cowboy country is a new leading man. Still, she can't help but imagine handsome rancher Jeremy Buchanan in the role.

Unfortunately, Jeremy's been burned by Crystal's type before. Or has he? Every time he thinks he knows her, the multi-faceted woman surprises him. Will the reluctant pair allow their hearts to guide them, or will their common stubborn pride keep them miles apart?

ABOUT Christine Lynxwiler

Christine lives with her husband and two precious daughters in the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains in her home state of Arkansas. Her greatest earthly joy is her family and, aside from doing God’s will, spending time with them is her top priority.

She recently took a break from writing romance to pen a Christmas story with a twist. Her Mom Lit novella, My True Love Gave to Me, is part of a 2 in 1 anthology from Barbour entitled All Jingled Out. It’s also included in Simply Christmas, a 4 in 1 Barbour anthology. One of my holiday highlights was seeing Simply Christmas at Sam’s Club a few weeks before Christmas.

She has written two other novellas, both romance, which are included in Barbour anthologies, City Dreams, and Prairie County Fair and a serial for the Heartsong Presents book club newsletter – The Carousel Horse. The Carousel Horse can be read in its entirety on the Heartsong website, and you can read excerpts from all of her other books on her website, HERE

In 2003, Christine was honored by being voted #2 Favorite New Author by the Heartsong Presents Book Club members!

1 comment:

Linda said...

Since the author lives in the Ozarks, I'm hoping she describes the area in her novel! I think I'd be a reluctant cowgirl after all she's gone through. But I do know that not every guy is the same--which she probably finds out.


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