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Good Christian Read October 28, 2012
“The Trouble with Cowboys” by Denise Hunter is the third book in the Big Sky Romance series. I thought this was a very easy to read novel with all the aspects of a good romance story. Annie Wilkerson lives in Moose Creek, Montana with her sister Sierra and Sierra’s son, Ryder. Both girls grew up with ideas that romance with a cowboy was impossible. They both felt this way because of the life their mother led and the fact that their cowboy father took off and left them. Annie is a horse trainer and is helping Dylan Taylor rehabilitate his blind horse. Of course there is immediate attraction between them, which Annie tries to dispel. She is dating a banker…nice guy, but no sparks. She is also trying to make sure that her little sister, Sierra, stays in school, gets her degree and settles down. There is more to this story than meets the eye, however. Sierra is holding secrets and Annie can’t control her any more. Nor can she control her feelings for the forbidden cowboy. Read this novel and find out the rest of the story.
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Review by Barbara
"Judge not, lest you be judged..." October 6, 2012
Annie Wilkerson is head of her household but she is single, she hovers over her sister Sierra and her nephew Ryder like a mother hen. Yes she is always pecking at Sierra for not taking responsibility for herself and her five year old son Ryder. Sierra only has one more semester of college and Annie is determined that her sister finish college and get her degree. As things stand now Sierra can't seem to keep a job so it is on Annie's shoulders to support her sister and nephew. Annie worries that Sierra is too much like their mother chasing after cowboys. In her opinion the trouble with cowboys is they are not responsible or faithful and she wants nothing to do with them. Her father was one of those cowboys and he walked out on them when they were little.
Annie is a very well sought after horse trainer specializing in abused horses or horses with some kind of disability. Against her better judgement she took on a job of working with a horse that was going blind and the horse was having a difficult time adjusting to the loss of sight. The only problem is she can't stand Dylan Taylor the owner of the horse, Dylan is the apedemy of the cowboys she tries so hard to avoid. He is handsome smooth flirtatious and no doubt a Casanova. But they might be able to work something out. Since her grandfather passed away she has taken over as a column writer for a small newspaper he was writing for about horse. Now the newspaper wants her to switch her subject to the love-forlorn. She would no longer be writing about horses plus she knows nothing about the love-forlorn but Dylan most definitely does. So they have agreed he would help her with her column and she would take on the training of his horse Braveheart.
But has she misjudged Dylan? Was seeing him like the character Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He seemed to be caring and had some pretty good advice. He was also very keen and sympathetic to her moods when she would have a falling out with her sister over something which was more often than not.
The problem of judging people and there situation is a common mistake we all make at one time or another.
This book was a great of example of the verse Luke 6:37-38 which the author quotes several times throughout the book.
37 "Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven: 38Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete with it shall be measured to you again. "
The author stated she wrote the book thinking of her son as he was attending college and the trials and tribulations thereof. Even though all of the major characters attended church, read the bible and prayed to God, they failed to let go and let God. I found the book real to life, inspiring and romantic. Leaving me with feeling happy and content with the ending not just this book but the series.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing/Litfuse Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Review by Patricia
No Trouble is too Great September 16, 2012
Ever since her father abandoned her at age five, Annie Wilkerson has known that cowboys are fickle. Unfaithful, unreliable, and flighty. Her father, her mother's four following husbands, and her nephew's daddy all left their women high and dry. It's a proven fact. Cowboys are trouble with a capital T. From day one, she made a vow to never, ever trust a cowboy again. Her unwavering conviction has kept her safe . . . until now.
Now Annie is trying to get her little sister Sierra through college and provide for the Sierra's boy, who she had at age sixteen. Money is tight, but Annie does the best she can by training horses and writing an equine column for Montana Living. She refuses to have anything to do with the fickle Dylan Taylor— and not just because he's a flirtatious, womanizing cowboy— when he requests that she work with his ailing horse, Braveheart. But when her column is canceled, she is given the chance to write a lovelorn column, which she can't afford to turn down. There's only one problem. ... Annie's never been in love. Reluctantly, she strikes a deal with Dylan. If he aides her in answering the readers' letters, then she will work with Braveheart.
Forced to be with Dylan, Annie begins to see a side she never knew existed in this smooth-talking cowboy, and she begins to wonder if she has misjudged him all along. But she won't be swayed. No cowboy can be trusted.
Her life begins to spin out of control with a possible-proposal from a man she is beginning to realize she doesn't love, her sister's antics, and the homecoming of her nephew's father.
Only God and His cowboy can save her now. And she'll soon realize that no trouble is to great for God...even those that come in boots.
Annie always had to have control. Over her job, her sister, her love-life...even her relationship with God. Sometimes things just don't work out the way we want them. Actually, they rarely do. But Annie still fought for control even when it was impossible because if things weren't in her hands she didn't feel safe. That's what happens when you grow up without your real daddy and the four other fathers after him all left your mother within months. It was impossible to see God in any area of her life, impossible to trust him when so many things went wrong. I enjoyed her because of her unwavering convictions (some of them), determination, love for family, and her passion for the truth.
Dylan could never trust his heart with anyone that wasn't female after an unexpected barrier in his relationship with his past girlfriend/fiance. Whenever he gets close to the someone from the opposite sex, he quickly turns the heels of his boots and heads the other direction. He developes a crush on Annie, but when it starts to become more he knows he can't trust his heart, or hers, anymore. I loved him because of his care-free personality, his love for friends, and his vulnerable side that no one saw behind his flirtatious facade.
This was a very engaging book with very enjoyable characters. Personally, I'm not a huge fan for romance novels, so that is probably the only reason I fail to give this five stars. But it was an amazing book nevertheless with whimsical moments, endearing characters, and interesting plots.
The message of this book is about trusting God always and knowing when to trust humans again, both of which are hard to do. It also deals with stereotypes and how you can't judge a person by their cover.
The only trouble with Cowboys was this book mentioned people sleeping around and pregnancies out of marriage a lot. Besides that, The Trouble with Cowboys was a hilarious, entertaining read and I recommend it to anyone above the age of fourteen who loves a good romance with spunky, troublesome characters.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Review by Kenzie
Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.
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.
“. . . a story filled with romantic tension . . . Hunter’s well-developed characters and plot twists make for a delightful and inspirational journey.” —Publishers Weekly
|Series||A Big Sky Romance|
|Publication Date||October 2, 2012|