Thursday, 11 October 2012

Book Review: The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter

About the Book: Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

My Thoughts: This book managed to deal with a few serious topics - single parenting, rebellion, control, loss of parents, loyalty, sacrifice - while still being a really fun read.

I like it when works of fiction can reveal truth to you while keeping you entertained.  I appreciated the reminder to never judge a book by it's cover and the danger of false assumptions.  Another important life lesson was being willing to hand over control of all parts of our lives to God - easier said than done, but such an important lesson to learn.

I was able to connect with all of the characters in this novel (some more than others, of course), and really enjoyed the storyline.  Even though the ending is somewhat of a foregone conclusion, I still enjoyed watching it unfold.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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