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Cowgirl at Heart (The McCord Sisters, Book 2) Paperback – February 1, 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the McCord Sisters Series

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This completely compelling and suspenseful novel will leave you wanting more. Lynxwiler puts you in the middle of the action, where you're thoroughly engaged and where the scenes come to life. The dialogue and the plot run at a smooth pace as she cuts between the various stories of the McCord household. Fans will not be disappointed and new readers will want to read everything she's ever written.
(Jennifer Reyes Romantic Times 2009-12-29)

I enjoyed Cowgirl at Heart immensely. There was plenty of romance, tension, action, and intrigue to keep my nose stuck in the book all night. It was nice to read about the lives of other McCord sisters Crystal (from The Reluctant Cowgirl) and Kaleigh, as their own stories continue. Lynxwiler creates a thrilling atmosphere with pursuers out to get Elyse, but keeps many tender moments alive throughout. I also like how Lynxwiler's books deal with tough life issues in a manner that makes the story come alive and feel very real. It makes me want to read more, more, more!
(Chelsea Winer A Curious Reader blog 2010-01-21)

A captivating story with characters that stay with you long after you've put down the book. Characters that make it hard to wait for the next book in the series. Though this was the first book in the series I read, the story is written in such a way as to be complete in and of itself while integrating and moving forward the story lines that went before. Faith element: medium, well integrated. A grace-filled story of fear to faith.
(Carolyn Schiedies Authors' Choice Reviews 2010-02-04)

Book Description

Still struggling with her painful past, Elyse McCord transforms from a timid canine coiffeuse into a mighty warrior when a dog’s well-being is threatened. But when her life collides with that of Andrew Stone, a widower bent on revenge, she goes into protective mode. Can love mend their bitter, broken hearts?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602601518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602601512
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,653,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christine Lynxwiler lives with her husband and two daughters in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A four-time winner of the prestigious American Christian Romance Writers'/American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Award, Christine has written seventeen novels and novellas for Barbour Publishing, including Arkansas, Forever Christmas, Promise Me Always, Along Came a Cowboy, and three cozy mysteries - Death on a Deadline, Drop Dead Diva, and Down Home & Deadly - she co-authored with two of her sisters.

Christine's newest release, book two in her McCord Sisters series, Cowgirl at Heart, received a 4 ½ star review from Romantic Times and was an RT Top Pick for February, 2010. The Romantic Times reviewer had this to say about the new book--"This completely compelling and suspenseful novel will leave you wanting more. Lynxwiler puts you in the middle of the action, where you're thoroughly engaged and where the scenes come to life. The dialogue and plot run at a smooth pace as she cuts between the various stories of the McCord household. Fans will not be disappointed and new readers will want to read everything she's ever written." This is a double honor, since the first book in the series, The Reluctant Cowgirl received similar accolades from Romantic Times magazine and was a Top Pick when it released in April, 2009.

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I have a few books by Christine Lynxwiler on my shelf that I have not had a chance to read yet. When I had the opportunity to read her newest book Cowgirl at Heart, I had high hopes for her storytelling abilities. I am very happy to say that I was not the slightest bit disappointed. This story started out strong and had a wonderful mix of romance and suspense that made it very interesting and enjoyable.

One of my favorite things about this book was the setting. The McCord Farm is a very peaceful and tranquil place. It was a place where Elyse could always feel safe from her many fears. But, just like life, evil can invade even the most tranquil places in our lives. When evil invades Elyse's life, she must learn to face her fears and fight for herself. She does so bravely and is an inspiring character.

Cowgirl at Heart was not just about Elyse and Andrew, her knight in shining armor. It was also about other members of the McCord family. This is a family that I already like a lot because they are very loving and the dynamics are very much like real families.

There is basically nothing I didn't like about this book. I am so pleasantly surprised by the fact that this book met and exceeded my expectations. This author is new to me, but I will always be looking forward to reading more from her.
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Elyse McCord is a painfully shy dog trainer who finds a dog that has been horribly mistreated. In an effort to rescue him, she is threatened at gun point by the dog owner's ex-con of a brother. To her rescue comes Andrew Stone who just so happens to be staking out the con he suspects killed his wife three years ago. In the fight, the attacker flees leaving Elyse in danger and in need of a protector that Adam, with alterior motives, is willing to be. As the weeks go by, mutal attraction leads to stronger feelings and they both realize that they have to learn how to trust each other with their secrets to be able to have the love that they desire.

I won this book on Goodreads Firs Reads giveaway and I'm glad that I did. Otherwise I never would have given it a chance. I'm not a Christian myself and have found, in the past, that Christian Fiction/Romance books come across as corny and preachy. The characters always find a happily ever after and the author tends to send a message that you will too as long as you take Jesus in your heart. This book was refreshingly different. Andrew and Elyse were not sickenly perfect and I believe that, if they were real, I could be their friend and not feel that they would judge me or make it their mission to convert me. With that being said, this book was very well written and the story kept me interested from the very beginning. I loved how Elyse's sister Crystal and her fiancee were shown to be having serious problems during this book when I'm assuming their story has been told in the first book of the series. Most...ok, probably all of the serial romance books I read, once the book is done, the couple remains "happily ever after" in every other book after it. Which I always thought was a good thing, but after reading "Cowgirl at Heart", found that it just isn't real. In real life, the stories continue and the road is always rocky. I look forward to reading Crystal and Jeremy's book and all the others that come from Ms. Lynxwiler.
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This one immediately starts out with a bang, featuring an intense rescue scenario--with an unlikely heroine--that instantly pulled me in to the story. As you get to know Elyse, her shy nature makes it all the more amazing that she'd put herself into such an unpredictable situation. I actually really liked her and found her easy to relate to. I also liked her dogs and the work she did with them, and her tips of insight into their behavior were quite interesting. Elyse's painfully shy nature really rang true, and I thought it was pretty cool how she could so easily talk with Andrew right after first meeting him despite the fact that her shyness usually rendered her speechless around strangers!

Andrew has a lot of secrets in his past, which makes him rather intriguing. Initially I didn't quite know what to make of him, though I immediately liked him. I thought his protectiveness of Elyse was sweet, and it was especially unique when they hadn't even put a label on their relationship. Right from the beginning Andrew and Elyse really clicked, and it was fun to see their friendship slowly grow in spite of the fact that they both held secrets that they were reluctant to reveal.

The story is ultimately about Elyse and Andrew with the point of view switching back and forth between them, but there are also small sections that revolve around Elyse's sisters, Kaleigh and Crystal. In all honesty I felt the subplots about Kaleigh and Crystal were a bit unnecessary... in particular, the story revolving around Crystal and her fiance was slightly odd because it didn't completely mesh with the ending of the previous McCord book, which featured Crystal as the main character. Despite this bit of nit-picking, I really did enjoy the story overall.
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The second installment in the McCord Sister Romance series, COWGIRL AT HEART, is as enjoyable to read as its characters are complex.

Elyse McCord is the shyest of the McCord clan. Adopted from con-artist parents, Elyse is a play it safe kind of girl. That is until she finds a dog that is being mistreated and throws caution to the wind in order to rescue it. Labeled a dog whisperer by friends and family, Elyse refuses to leave the emaciated yellow lab one more day in the care of its current owner. When the deadbeat owner finds Elyse in the act of taking the dog, he holds her at gunpoint, deadly intentions evident on his mind.

Reporter Andrew Stone has been watching a dilapidated old house closely, knowing the man inside is responsible for his wife's death. When he sees his suspect pull a gun on a woman and threaten her life, he jumps into action. Posing as a housepainter, Andrew convinces Elyse he was just in the right place at the right time. Putting his life in danger doesn't faze Andrew, but the effect Elyse has on his heart hits him like a brick wall.

Both Elyse and Andrew try to process their fragile past in view of how they feel about each other. Believing their backgrounds are too shaky to build a future on, they refuse to acknowledge their growing attraction. Andrew decides to stick close to Elyse knowing she is still in danger. And if his suspicions are right, she just might be the next target of the killer he pursues.

COWGIRL AT HEART has all the elements of a good romance: A spunky heroine, a gutsy hero, wounded hearts, and imminent danger. It also allows you to continue to follow the characters from the first installment RELUCTANT COWGIRL. I look forward to the third installment, COWGIRLS DON'T CRY.
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