Thursday, October 11, 2012

Trouble with Cowboys



Title:  The Trouble with Cowboys
Author:  Denise Hunter                                                                                                                  
Pages:  304
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
     What pictures do the thoughts of the western sky, horseback riding or cowboys bring to your mind?  There are many who have written books about westerns, romances, love, forgiveness, and God.  I am sure you have read some of these that weren’t worth the paper they were printed on; however, let me assure you that this isn’t one of them.
     What makes this story unique is that it centers on the relationships of a few characters with little distraction.  It is written in a style that makes you want to read more as well as know the God who is the center of the characters’ lives.  The characters are that of two brothers from one family and two sisters from another, each with a history that comes out the more you progress through the story.
     Annie is the oldest and lives with her sister Sierra and her nephew Ryder in a small town where she holds two jobs.  Annie works with horses and continues writing her advice on how to care for horses like her grandfather before her had.  Now, with times changing, the paper wants her to write advice about love, something Annie feels she knows little about, but maybe Dylan can help.  Her perspective of him makes him the one who seems to have more knowledge and wisdom to help answer the questions readers send in.  However, is Dylan really like the person she has judged him to be?
     Dylan has a ranch he works hard to keep up and needs Annie’s help when one of his horses, Braveheart, goes blind and he doesn’t have the heart to put him down.  What are Dylan’s choices and exactly what happens when he finds himself stranded in a cabin with Annie when his truck breaks down?
     Sierra is one month away from graduating.  She has told no one who fathered Ryder.  Now, when the end seems so close, she quits school and leaves town without telling Annie where she is going.  Sierra wants Annie to quit mothering her, but Annie feels compelled to keep a deathbed promise.  Sierra has absolutely no idea about this promise.  Then Ryder’s father comes to town.  Hiding out seems her only option even though he has no idea he has a son.  What else is going to happen to show Annie who is really in control?
     The novel is full of themes, but one tends to outshine the others:  God can make all things new.  From past mistakes to recent ones, if we will believe and trust Him, it is amazing the transformation that occurs.  There are also comes a time when deciding to make a right decision, no matter the depth of difficulty, because it pleases God.  This is the last book of three in the series, A Big Sky Romance.  Don’t let the word romance fool you.  The author puts more into the story than you can imagine.  Of course, the greatest romance mankind can have is the one with their redeemer, Jesus Christ.
     My rating is 4 stars.                                                                                   
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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