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". . . features likable characters and a heartwarming plot. It will please fans of traditional love stories with an infusion of faith . . ." -- Library Journal

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Can you ever get a second chance at your first love?

Jenna Callahan Colby thought she was content. A partner on her father's successful ranch, she is surrounded by family and friends. But she never expected to see Nate Langley back in town--the first guy she ever noticed, the one her father sent away all those years ago.

And she never thought the attraction they felt would be as strong as ever.

Jenna's cowboy has some healing of his own to do, though, after two tours of duty in the armed forces. With the help of good friends, strong faith, and a loving family, he hopes to put the horrors of the past behind him--and become the man Jenna deserves.

"A slice of American life--as current as today and as timeless as love always is. Both tender and realistic."--Lyn Cote, author, Texas Star of Destiny series

"A delightful yet realistic romance. Highly recommended, especially for returning vets and their ladies."--Gayle Roper, author, A Stranger's Wish

Sharon Gillenwater was born and raised in West Texas, and loves to write about her native state. The author of several novels, she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. When she's not writing, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their son, daughter-in-law, and adorable grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Callahans of Texas (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprinted edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (992 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

October, 2015

I grew up on Thompson's Ranch in the Rolling Plains of West Texas, near the small town of Colorado City. My father was ranch foreman, and my parents lived there for over fifty years.

Love and marriage took me across the country to the state of Washington, but Texas is still dear to my heart. So many of my books are set in the West Texas region that I love.

But not all of them. There is an oft quoted adage in publishing - if your readers like one type of book, stick to it, and build your brand. I didn't. I've written general market historical romances set in England and Scotland as well as Texas. The Texas one, For Love of Anna, is under my pen name, Sharon Harlow.

My books for the Christian market include both contemporary and historical romances, mainly set in Texas, but there are a couple of big Scottish-English Regencies. And one set in Iowa.

I've been re-releasing some of my back list books as e-books over the past three years. I changed the titles on some; the old titles are noted in the book descriptions. I also rewrote four of them for the Christian market. Those four titles stayed the same, but the old paperback versions (usually only available used) were published as general market books. Just so you know....

I've finished revising the old books with the release of Blackthorn's Heart, the third book in The Ladies of Quality Collection.

Now on to something new! I'm finally working on a book featuring Gideon Steel, a secondary character in Texas Tender, in the Buckley, Texas series. I've had numerous requests over the years for his story. Hopefully, his time has arrived. I think his book will be the first in the Rolling Star Ranch series, unless I decide to just continue with the Buckley books. We'll see how that all plays out.

In the meantime, when I'm not writing, I'll keep hanging out with my husband of forty-eight years (gasp!) and our shelter-rescued dog, Abbie. Plus enjoying our son, his wife, and their two adorable children. As for hobbies, reading is my favorite downtime. I also keep collecting "healthy" recipes and occasionally try one.

Thanks for stopping by my author page. You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sharon.gillenwater2 or email me at Sharong329@gmail.com

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on January 6, 2010
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"Jenna's Cowboy" by Sharon Gillenwater is one of the sweetest romances I've read in a long time. And if you are familiar with my reviews, you know that I read quite a few wonderful books! I love the Texas landscape that the author has painted in this novel that showcases ranching and cotton farming with equal story time and meticulous description to educate the reader and put her in the position that the main character, Nate Langley, occupies. Nate returns home from serving in the military to help his ailing father on the family cotton farm, taking on a part-time job with a neighboring rancher for some extra income. Nate is reunited with Jenna Callahan, the rancher's daughter and an old friend from high school. Happy to learn that Jenna is divorced and hoping to pursue a relationship with her as he should have back in school, Nate tries to balance a growing love with his own denial about sleepless nights and post traumatic stress disorder.

This book tenderly honors servicemen. I was touched by Gillenwater's handling of the issues associated with PTSD. And, even though the story wrapped up a little too neatly to be confused with a possible reality (though I will admit that God can do anything), I loved that the characters in this book displayed characteristics of true friendship and Christianity. Their reactions to the situations in this incredibly romantic novel put on display what a church family should look like. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, Nate received grace as he struggled with various issues that would make weaker men and women walk away. I am inspired that there are human beings on this planet like the characters in this novel who were willing to stand up for the one they loved and see him through the most difficult of times.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Tilley on March 24, 2010
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JENNA'S COWBOY was a tender romance. Jenna Callahan Colby is back at Callahan Crossing after the breakup of her loveless marriage. Feeling a bit like damaged goods, she hides out on the family ranch trying to make a new life for her and her young son, Zach.

Nate Langley has also come back to Callahan Crossing after his stint in the war. Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he struggles to get a grip on life. Working as a hand on the Callahan ranch is just like old times, and the feelings he had for Jenna then are even stronger now.

Both Jenna and Nate struggle with their attraction to each other. Both wounded, they are afraid to let someone in. Jenna has Zach to consider, and Nate is afraid he can't give Jenna what she deserves.
I enjoyed JENNA'S COWBOY though I did find it overly predictable. The depth of the Callahan family rounded out the novel, allowing you a comfortable sigh as you reached the end. Predictable as it may be, I most likely will pick up the next installment of The Callahans of Texas Series.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sheree on April 20, 2012
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I wanted to like this book but I just can't.

The author has a good enough story premise: a single mother, living in Texas, discovers that her childhood friend, Nate has come back from his deployment to Iraq. Now take a guess what happens next?

The predictablity makes this a long, boring read, however, if I could have been really invested into these characters, the 'standard formula' wouldn't be an issue." for me. I think it's the writing in this while by no means is horrible, is just frustratingly detail-less when it should be and the unnecessarily detailed when it shouldn't.

An example of this is when, the author will take her time to note the 'four twenties and a five' Nate puts on the counter at the store, while neglecting big amounts of dialogue in which we know nothing about the character's little nuisances during these conversations. Another example would be a phone call between Jenna and Nate. While Jenna and Nate talk, little 2 year old, Zach has left the room entirely. We don't know any of this other than solely from the dialogue as Jenna excuses herself from the conversation to go find him. There was no 'Jenna looked around and realised Zach had left the room' (which would be a natural response!) prior to this. We are just jolted to a stop in the dialogue where we suddenly now know Zach is gone because Jenna said so.

There's more to telling a story than pure dialogue when characters are talking and pure description when characters are not -the two need to mesh together! I found the author could do either one or the other (not a great blend of both) making the whole story feel disjointed and unnatural. Because of this, the believability in the characters and the story were just not happening for me. Won't be going back to this book again.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2012
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The description of PTSD and west Texas was very in depth and accurate but I'm afraid that the rest of the story had no adventure or "fun". Bland read.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sandy M H on January 8, 2012
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I really liked the Christian writing aspect of this book and it was a sweet love story. However, it was a bland read and I would have been disappointed if I had paid for the book. I might give this author another try but would not recommend this book to other kindle users.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Novice critic on January 22, 2012
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Sweet storyline, but completely unbelievable. I like a story that keeps God in mind, but the characters were just too one-dimensional, and "perfect". Even the depiction of a 2 year old lost credibility. The story became progressively redundant and, consequently, boring. I don't give many one stars, but I don't feel it is fair to do otherwise....
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