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Cowboy: Contemporary Christian Romance Fiction (The Harmony Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Staci Stallings
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Life has done its best to knock Beth McCasland to the ground, and the truth is: it’s done a pretty good job of keeping her there. Stuck in a minimum-wage job with a young daughter counting on her, Beth does her best to stay standing under the weight of it all because she knows God is on her side. Then one night she gets the chance to be an angel to another of life’s weary travelers. For once hope has never looked so real.

Timothy Ashton Raines has worked himself to the very top of the country music charts, but the loss of his wife has him questioning if life is even worth living. When he walks away from it all, a chance encounter saves him from the abyss, but does he have enough faith to hold on to love a second time around?

Cowboy is a grace-filled love story about the power of giving everything to God and how a simple act of compassion can change lives forever. Emotional, soothing, and heart-wrenching, Cowboy is infused with the message that no matter who we are and no matter what life has thrown at us, we never have to walk alone.

An inspiring Contemporary Christian Romance novel, “Cowboy” is an Amazon Best Seller with a heart that is both captivating and mesmerizing. This novel is truly Christian romance at its very best. Filled with faith, hope, and love, Christian romance kindle books aim to inspire women and men alike while giving them an exceptionally romantic love story they will not soon forget. With down-to-earth characters who have real lives and real struggles, “Cowboy” will soon find a place among the most inspirational books you own.

"Staci Stallings writes Christian fiction at its best!"

*~* EXCERPT *~*

The burden of fatigue and heartbreak he’d been carrying for months pulled Ashton's gaze to the table just as the bells at the door jingled. Although he never looked up, he heard her slide from the booth.

“Finish your breakfast.” She pointed to his plate. “If you need someone to listen, all you have to do is ask.”

And with that she left his booth to go help the other customers.

Let others help, he thought as sarcasm dripped from his spirit. Yeah, right.

He couldn’t trust anyone with this pain. He couldn’t let them in. Besides, they didn’t want to listen—not really. They wanted him to say everything was fine and keep going as though nothing in the world had happened. They wanted him to be Ashton Raines, superstar, and as far as what happened to the real Ashton Raines, they couldn’t care less.

Loneliness descended on him again, and his whole body slumped toward the table with the weight of it. It was becoming more and more difficult to keep himself upright. All he wanted to do was lie down and go to sleep forever.
If he could just think of one friend. One real person he could call, one real person he could talk to.

“If you need someone to listen, I’m here,” he heard her words again in the depths of his soul, and he looked up to see if she was actually standing there. But she was across the restaurant helping someone else.

“I can’t tell her.” He shook his head and clutched the top of his cap, rolling it down around his face at the absurdity of the very thought. “I don’t even know her.”

Then his gaze lit on the all-but empty plate in front of him. She had given him a meal and asked for nothing in return. She had shared a piece of her heart with him and expected nothing. It was by far the greatest act of kindness he’d experienced in a long time. He looked down at the empty coffee cup, closed his eyes, and raised it off the table. “Miss, could I get a refill?”

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Of all of my books, I feel like my Christian romance novel, "Cowboy" and I have traveled the most roads together.  Although it was my fifth finish-written full-length romance novel, it was the third I published and the first fully indie that I published. Because of extenuating circumstances with the first two, "Cowboy" became the book that put my best foot forward. It was developed into a screenplay and won a semi-finalist spot.  It was one of the first best sellers I ever had. 

This love story of the hanging-on-by-a-thread waitress and the cowboy country singer who falls deeply in love with her still twangs my heartstrings all these years later.  I finished "Cowboy" in 1998, and since then it has been released as a paperback and then it made the big jump to ebooks in 2011.  Crazy because there wasn't such a thing as Contemporary Christian Romance or ebooks when I wrote it. However, I've known since the beginning that this inspirational book was special.  I'm glad my readers think so too.

Product Details

  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Spirit Light Publishing (October 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049B2E82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly addicting story! August 3, 2006
Cowboy. Wow! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a single mom, working your tail off to make ends me,and then in walks Garth Brooks into your dumpy little restaurant on a slow, rainy night? He's dressed casually and he asks you for a simple cup of coffee...but he needs a whole lot more. He's down in the dumps and feels like nothing will make him want to keep on living. Since you're not a fan of country music and your job as a waitress and parenting your five-year-old is your entire life, you don't recognize him. Okay, well maybe not someone as famous as Garth, but hey, I don't know what most of the country superstars look like so it's possible. :) Anyway, you don't recognize him and the guy is so depressed he throws caution to the wind and shares his heart with you, but he gives you his real name because he's sick of the superstar treatment. You connect on a deep level. One that's from the heart because you're not star-struck by him...Remember, you don't realize he's famous. Then he asks for your phone number so you can keep in touch and as a sister in Christ you give it to him because you really do want to minister to the guy. You feel his pain. You've experienced the same loss when your spouse died. Well he starts calling you and you strike up a pretty profound friendship based on mutual respect and the human need to be valued for who you really are, not what people see you as on the outside (a famous singer or waitress.) Your friendship deepens and he sees his need for God, but resists like most people do at first. Are you with me yet? Okay, the waitress is Charlize Theron and the singer is Garth Brooks. I can SO see this as a movie it gives me the goose bumps. Staci's novel Cowboy had me SO captivated that I read it every chance I got. Read more ›
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Cowboy by author Staci Stallings May 12, 2006
Home on the range or around the town, Cowboy by Staci Stallings is an intense and moving novel about a man and a women who find themselves in an improbable relationship with nearly impossible odds to beat. There's Beth McCasland, a waitress down on her luck, and Timothy Ashton Raines, a famous country singer at the top of his game and at the end of his rope. They meet when Timothy stumbles into Beth's diner looking to drown his sorrows in a cup of coffee, but gets an unexpected serving of compassion on the side. Feeling safe in his anonymity, Timothy pours out his heart to Beth, and she shows simple kindness in return. He is moved by her generous spirit even in the midst of her obvious poverty. Though they meet face to face only briefly, they continue to keep in touch through late-night phone calls. Worlds apart in many ways, their need for connection draws them into a closeness neither has experienced in ages. It some ways it's a reverse romance: though the `Cinderella' of Cowboy does struggle daily to make ends meet waiting tables at a rundown diner at the edge of town, and her Prince Charming comes riding into town not on a white horse but on a tour bus. Yet circumstances do not dictate character; the one who has nothing ends up rescuing the has-it-all from his spiraling depression. Timothy begins to recover under Beth's kind ministrations. Her compassion teaches a world-weary cowboy the reality of God's love and encourages him to seek God on his own. And in the end, it is Timothy's faith and perseverance that allows the two of them to finally come together. From beginning to end, Cowboy is a truly inspiring novel.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy August 22, 2012
By jw
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review it. This is the first book I have read by Staci Stallings. I really got into the book in the beginning; but about 2/3 into it, it started to drag on and on for me.

The development, with God's help, of Beth and Kenzie, Lynn, and Ashton Raines was well done. You really got to know them, their feelings, and what made them into the person they were. Their struggles, joys, heartbreaks and what God can do if you only let Him. Forgiveness is a journey as is love. Staci dug deep into Beth and Ashton's souls and showed God's way compared to their way. A journey with all kinds of emotions and bumps along the way. Money won't buy happiness or love or will it? Staci shows what sacrifices can do in one's life. Enjoyable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings on this one. February 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Overall, I thought this was a pretty good read. It had a good story line and I liked how Beth challenged Timothy to trust God with his life, and then he grew and would challenge her later with some of the same truths. The characters were likable and although it was an unlikely match, I wanted things to work out for them. On the down side, the story dragged towards the end and I started losing interest. I also was quite surprised to see curse words in a Christian book. And then the overnight getaway to get to know each other? Beth agrees to it when her mother encourages her. Why would a Christian mother encourage that in the first place? Then Beth wonders if Timothy might expect more from her than she was prepared to give. Duh! I think a day trip would have been a better idea than an overnighter, even though nothing inappropriate happened. Then there was the prayer that was repeated over and over and over that was not really a prayer, but some mindless saying about a night of completion, I give thanks for this perfect night, and miracle shall follow miracle. I do believe in miracles, but that was more like a hocus pocus than a real prayer. It didn't even make sense to me. I also kept wondering why a contemporary romance published in 2010 had no cell phones!?! And dialing a number enough times to have it memorized?? After a strong start, I almost gave up on this book about three-quarters of the way through, but I made it to the end. And in spite of a few disappointing things in this book, it was still a fairly enjoyable read.
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I couldn't put it down I really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I really enjoyed this book. I have read one other of Ms. Stallings book and cannot wait to read the rest!
Published 20 days ago by Julie A Walker
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I enjoyed this book so much hat I read it for a second time. Just goes to show when we let God into the picture and set back and watch Him work that thing will work out. Read more
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This was a good story that showed we often make decisions too quickly, whether out of anger or fear it can affect the rest of our life. Read more
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I love the this have told my friends to read it was a book I will read again I found it very touching
Published 3 months ago by marie ferderer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy all her books once I get into the meat of them
Enjoyed it very much. I almost gave it 5 stars, but didn't want to give her a big head.
I have read a number of her books lately and the only fault I have is that it takes... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bonnie Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
It was a good book. It reminded me of a movie called "Pure Country" I like western anything, movies, books and so-on.
Published 3 months ago by Ellen Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Found this book very enjoyable to read. So glad there are good Christian romance authors. If you are looking for a good romance novel, I recommend this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy
This story is about Beth and Ashton, two adults who have lost spouses due to death. Both are lonely. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy
What a heart warming story. GOD is good all the time, all the time GOD is good, and if you listen he's always right .
Published 4 months ago by Susan Heck
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A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci's stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That's what keeps Staci writing and you reading.


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