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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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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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I truly enjoyed this book. I love the western theme and characters. It was educational about PDST and what these men and women experience.Published 2 days ago by Jane Martin
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I love this book and the series. I am a sucker for a love story. The family of a small town. It is home to me.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Hall
Loved this book. Love they she writes with the love of God. Now reading Emily's Chance. Love this book too.Published 1 month ago by dawnkin
Very relaxing, heartfelt and enjoyable read! I enjoyed reading the book.Published 1 month ago by Tanya
I am just adding my voice to the rest: this is a well done faith fiction romance that is, of course, clean. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jane Hoagland