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Book 1 of 3 in the A Big Sky Romance Series

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With a healthy dose of clean romance joined with western flair and a hint of mystery, A Cowboy's Touch will appeal to fans of Lori Copeland and Al and Joanna Lacy. -- Booklist

Hunter gives detailed images of ranch life, making it feel real enough to step into. Wade and Abigail have an instant attraction despite their differences. Abigail experiences heartfelt and real struggles when it comes to her career vs. love, and a future with Wade. Four stars. -- Romantic Times

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Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including "Dancing with Fireflies" and "The Convenient Groom". She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys.

You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter
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Product Details

  • Series: A Big Sky Romance
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (March 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548016
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abigail Jones pours her whole life into her job as an investigative reporter for her mom's magazine. When her mom begins to worry about Abigail's hypertension, she sends her on a 3 month vacation to Moose Creek, Montana to relax and check in on her elderly great aunt. Abigail ends up taking a summer job as a nanny for a rancher's 11-year-old daughter, Maddy. Abigail soon discovers that the rancher, Wade Ryan, is the long lost famous rodeo champion that fell off the radar soon after the suspicious death of his wife. When Abigail later learns through a phone call from her sister that her mom's magazine is about to go under, she decides to uncover Wade's secrets for the perfect article to save the magazine. Through the summer, Abigail and Wade start to have romantic feeling for each other, but neither one of them want to act on them for their own secret reasons.
This is one of those books that I found myself staying up way too late to read! I just couldn't put down! I love Montana, and Denise Hunter did a great job of taking me there through the wonderful details in her book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good western romance!

I received this book free from the publisher through the booksneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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I must say that I agree w/ the review by Samantha (bookworm) that gave this book a 2 star, and I'm baffled by all the 4 and 5 stars. I wish I had read hers before downloading it. I finished it, but I never could figure out what the attraction was past the physical for the two main characters. Wade was distant for at least TWO-THIRDS of the book, maybe more. He is also described as a pretty inattentive father. Now I understand his issues were because of his first wife and her death, but I think it had been at least 5+ years since she had died, and he still apparently spends very little time w/ his daughter. Abigail even wants to confront him because of it.

The "relationship" between Wade and Abigail consisted of a few truck rides, one ride back on a horse w/ him after she fell, and a couple meals over awkward conversation. He never seemed funny at all, and yet, when Abigail decides how much she likes him, she comments to herself about his sense of humor. I thought, "what sense of humor?" And why do you like him, he has no personality! Although, really I'm not sure that Abigail's was that much better. Now that I think about it maybe they were perfect for each other! She apparently had a wonderful relationship w/ her dad who passed away when she was 15, and all the sudden she's having thoughts of how Wade reminds her of her dad. But it has sounded like Wade had been an absentee dad up to that point, spending little time w/ his daughter! So that comparison made no sense to me either!

I also couldn't believe that Abigail was still going to betray them w/ the story, but mostly the romance/relationship between Abigail and Wade seemed forced and made NO SENSE to me!!!! The book just did not flow well at all, but maybe my standards are too high!
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I've read several books by Denise Hunter over the past few years, but "A Cowboy's Touch" is her best yet! I love a sweet story with a positive message, characters to care about, and settings I'm curious about. (I've always wanted to visit Montana!) That's what this book is. Abigail Jones is an investigative reporter from Chicago suffering from hypertension. Her concerned family sends her to visit an aunt in Moose Creek, Montana, so she can get some rest. But she soon meets a little girl whose bicycle has been stolen and finds herself working for a cowboy with a mysterious past.

This sounds like the recipe for a perfect romance, but Abigail and Wade are fallible humans who carry hurts from their pasts. As I read, I often found myself thinking, "No! No! No! Don't do that! You'll regret it; don't you see?" They didn't. So I kept reading, wondering how it could possibly ever turn out well. (Talk about hypertension!)

Doesn't that make for the best of stories? I'm happy to recommend this one and thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending it to me. And I'm hoping there's a sequel or two--for Dylan and/or Shay's and maybe even Marla's sake!
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I have read several of Denise Hunter's books and have liked them all. She is a good author, and I enjoy reading her books, because I know she writes good, clean fiction. A Cowboy's Touch is part of a series, but each book can also stand alone. The main characters, Abigail and Wade, were interesting and realistic. They each had their flaws and challenges, but they were able to work through them. The storyline flowed well and kept my interest, even though it was fairly predictable.

This is a Christian fiction book but isn't preachy. I appreciate authors who write books that don't contain profanity and vulgar language or, overt sexual scenes. Thanks to Denise Hunter for writing uplifting, moral, and clean stories. I would recommend this book to others, and I'm sure I'll be reading more of her books.
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This was my first solo read by Denise Hunter. In the past, I had read her contributions to the Smitten series.

Abigail works for her mother at a struggling magazine. When she starts having problems with hypertension and headaches, she is sent to the middle of nowhere in Montana and told to rest. While she's there, she's supposed to be checking in on her great aunt to see if she has the faculties to remain alone in her house.

Wade is hiding from his past. When his daughter's nanny backs out at the last minute, he's left with finding someone else in two days to watch her for the summer. Meeting Abigail seems to be the perfect solution, but he discovers that she's making her way past the wall that he erected around his heart when his wife died mysteriously. He was a big name in the rodeo world back then, now he's a quiet rancher out in the middle of nowhere.

When Abigail finds out who he is, she feels like God has given her the opportunity to save her mother's magazine. She begins her snooping, but what starts out as the perfect story soon turns into a crisis. How can she betray these people that have been so nice to her? And what about her feelings for Wade? She doesn't really believe that Wade had anything to do with his wife's death, but hides from Wade what she's up to. I found myself cringing at some of her decisions.

The second book is called The Accidental Bride and follows Shay, someone we get a few glimpses of in this book. Book 3 is The Trouble with Cowboys and is about Dylan, another person we meet in this book. Overall, I liked the book and look forward to reading more from this author.
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