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Jenna's Cowboy: A Novel (The Callahans of Texas) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 1, 2010
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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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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Excellent book! Would highly recommend. Can't wait to read the next book in this series. At least all the pages were here for this book, unlike the last one I downloaded from... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amy J. Garner
A sweet story with a great description of PTSD and it's effects.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent job of showing how the love of God and the understanding and help of family and friends can overcome PTSD. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Wendy O. Willett
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