- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634095251
- ISBN-13: 978-1634095259
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cowboy's Bride Collection: 9 Historical Romances Form on Old West Ranches Paperback – March 1, 2016
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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of several historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, curling up on the couch with costume dramas, and going to Disneyland any chance she gets. Come say hi at susannedietze.com.
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I particularly enjoyed The Cowgirl's Lasso by Jaime Jo Wright. In this novella, ranch owner Jonah Sparks feels hoodwinked into hiring CJ Matheson as his foreman -- only she wasn't supposed to be a she! Jonah struggles with accepting CJ's strong-willed personality and her disregard for more feminine duties. Likewise, CJ's stubbornness to prove herself to Jonah gets in the way of her seeing what's right in front of her face. Wright masterfully weaves together vivid setting of the New Mexico landscape (I felt like I was there!), the charm of the Old West dialect, and humor into a story that's easy to relate to and hard to put down.
Wright's novella offers a tender story of unmistakable love between two flawed people who need God's transforming grace -- and each other's acceptance -- to make it work. I was rooting for Jonah and CJ from the first page to the last. Also like happy endings? You won't be disappointed!
Needing a foreman to help run the Desert Pony Ranch inherited from his uncle, godly British transplant Jonah Sparks - a man of strong ethics - asks mentor and previous Desert Pony foreman, 74-year old Charlie. Being far past his prime after helping friend Mr. Matheson on his ranch, Charlie instead recommends his protégé foreman of 8 years - C. J. Matheson.
Little does 6'3" Jonah realize C. J. stands for Celia Jo and his new foreman will be a 5'8" female with a confrontational and combative mind of her own. The two immediately lock horns and sparks fly. Jonah with nerves constantly on edge, unable to relax, and feeling he can't have a woman running his ranch - plots to contrive unbearable situations to make C. J. quit, thinking this a way he will feel less guilt in letting his old pal Charlie down than if he fires C. J.. Foremost a businessman, Jonah fails to see C. J.'s talent at being a foreman - a talent Charlie recognizes.
C. J. has been told "no" all her life - as if she has no intelligence or know-how. From her father who had dwindled the family ranch away in debt and mismanagement to her 4 older brothers who always think they know better than her. Being denied her dream and passion of running a ranch, C. J. runs from her brothers and their suggestions of an arranged marriage, living with an aunt in Chicago, taking a position as a seamstress, and a train ticket to an elite school in Boston for young women in transition.
Neither C. J. or Jonah are aware that lovable, gruff Charlie has an ulterior motive in bringing the two together. One of the numerous realistic and heart-warming characters in 'The Cowgirl's Lasso', Charlie is based on one of the author's uncles. The wording and imagination with which the novella is written is exquisite - I laughed out loud at the scene in which C. J. is greeted with a spider invasion.
'The Cowgirl's Lasso' is Jaime Jo Wright's debut published work. I've followed her journey from writer to published author for several years via her Facebook posts and her blog with 3 other writer/authors: Coffee Cups and Camisoles. 'The Cowgirl's Lasso' was more than worth the wait - a charming, witty, entertaining novella laced with tender, touching moments of faith and love. I'm looking forward to Jaime's next work: 'Gold Haven Heiress' from The California Gold Rush Romance Collection - releasing August 1st, 2016.
Within the treasures written on the pages of this collection of novellas, you’ll travel back through time to the not yet fully tamed western territories. A time when cowboys were abundant and women scarce. Wild mustangs ran free and hardhearted men ruled the land. As the west begins to settle, new opportunities are found for women left in dire situations back east. As each young woman arrives in this unfamiliar land, their new set of unlikely circumstances is bound to disrupt the life of an unsuspecting cowboy and his stubbornness to stay single. From one page to the next, you’ll be caught up in the daily challenges a ranch life brings, along with the struggles women faced in an age and environment dominated by men. Though their faith may be tested and their hope for a safe and secure future falters, these ladies persevere and lean on God for their well being, no matter which man vows to claim them for his bride. You'll fall in love with each new cowboy and each young lady as they struggle to leave behind their pasts and find the love God has for them as a new couple. I loved this collection of romance, cowboys, horses, brides, and God’s redeeming love. A fun read; one to savor more than once.
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