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A COWBOY OF CONVENIENCE is an extraordinary love story between two real lonely hearts, and Stacy Henrie’s profound insight into the human psyche lifts this marriage of convenience trope to new heights. West and Vienna are both remarkable characters: Vienna, who throughout her life has been made to feel weak, is an incredibly strong and caring woman who doesn’t quite see herself that way. Her Faith in God has helped her survive, she has remained serene and hopeful against all odds, yet for her, it’s matter-of-fact. West, on the other hand, has a peculiar relationship with God and with people, which stems from his upbringing but also from what he perceives as disasters that were of his own making. Vienna had, in the past, hoped that West would propose, which never happened, and it’s all tied to how he sees himself in relation to God and others. To others, West seems a man determined to succeed on his own, but he is supremely insecure, and this is what stops him from admitting his feelings for Vienna.
A COWBOY OF CONVENIENCE is a romance, and a very beautiful one, but it is the inspirational angle that made the strongest impression on me because West’s relationship with God is one I don’t believe I have ever read before, and what I thought would be his epiphany was not, but it was for me an unforgettable moment in the book and something that is as relevant today as it was in 1901, when the story takes place. West and Vienna have, in all truth, a cozy relationship apart from the fact that Vienna doesn’t know where she stands with West; he keeps giving mixed signals that even he cannot understand or accept. I find it remarkable that Ms. Henrie avoids every cliché known to this trope: no one is exasperatingly obstinate or annoying, there isn’t the usual push-and-pull; West’s struggle is real and only he can do something about it.
West, Vienna, and even Hattie are all wonderfully developed characters, and West’s relationship with Hattie will melt many hearts. And of course, Stacy Henrie made me cry. Again. A COWBOY OF CONVENIENCE is a magnificent love story that kept me enthralled from beginning to end.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Henrie’s stories often have an element of suspense, but I loved that A Cowboy of Convenience is purely relationship driven. Vienna and West are two lonely and insecure people, drawn together in a marriage of convenience for the purpose of achieving their goals. It was so refreshing to see, rather than constant arguments and miscommunication, a steadily growing friendship that blossoms into something more. I also loved the dude ranch setting and how Henrie draws from historical detail about three brothers who operated the first dude ranch in North Dakota.
The characters, even secondary ones, are richly drawn and feel real. West’s view of God’s love is flawed because of his relationship with his father, feeling that doing what is expected or desired brings love. Vienna, feeling weak and insecure from a past of spousal abuse, learned that not only did she have inner strength and abilities, but that they were magnified through God’s grace. Vienna’s daughter, Hattie, stole my heart and her relationship with “Daddy West” is so very touching!
One theme that West discovered, and that especially resonated with me, is the reminder that God’s love is always unconditional, never hinging on anything we could ever do to deserve it.
A Cowboy of Convenience is a thoroughly enjoyable read in every way and I look forward to much more from Stacy Henrie. There’s actually a secondary character from the dude ranch in North Dakota that I’d love to see developed.
Highly recommended. (Within the Love Inspired category, 5 stars!)
I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Of course, there's never any doubt that Vienna and West's marriage of convenience will turn real, but in this case, the joy is in the journey. Henrie's writing alternates between Vienna's and West's perspectives, so it does get a little frustrating knowing that Vienna and West are thinking virtually the same thing about their relationship but refusing to talk about it. Frustrating, but understandable given their history. As Vienna and West spend time together, their relationship grows into a deep friendship and then to love. So basically, this is both a marriage of convenience AND friends to lovers novel ... what more could you ask for?
I loved the joy Vienna's daughter Hattie brought to the novel, and it warmed my heart every time she said "Daddy West." Such a cutie! And West's background and family brought a depth and unexpected twist to the novel that I really appreciated.
Though this is book two in Henrie's Sheridan Sweethearts series, it stands alone. That said, I would love to go back and read Edward and Maggy's story in The Rancher's Temporary Engagement. I also hope that Henrie also writes a book about West's friend Alec! 4-1/2 stars.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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