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Jenna's Cowboy: A Novel (The Callahans of Texas) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 1, 2010

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Book 1 of 3 in the Callahans of Texas Series

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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

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EXCERPT FROM CATALOG Jenna held her breath as he climbed out of the pickup and slowly walked around the front of it. Wow . . . He wasn't the six foot tall, rangy cowboy she used to know. This man was all muscle. His snug, blue, short-sleeved T-shirt emphasized his physique. She had to force herself not to stare at his broad shoulders and thick, solid arms. He moved fine, so he must not have suffered any permanent injury to his leg. A pink scar on the back of his forearm stood out against his dark tan, but it didn't seem to bother him. He crossed his arms and leaned against the truck fender with a smile, his silver-gray eyes twinkling. Jenna's heart skipped a beat. How could his eyes have gotten even more beautiful? He scanned the jack waiting near the right rear of the pickup, the tire-iron still hanging on a lug-nut, and the spare tire lying on the ground. As he brushed a strand of light sandy brown hair off his forehead, his gaze flickered to the ice cream before meeting hers. "Refueling?" She laughed and stood, walking over to meet him. "I couldn't get the tire off, and the ice cream was melting. Didn't see any sense in wasting it." Setting the carton in the truck bed, she swallowed the sudden lump in her throat. "Welcome home." Something flashed in his eyes, then he lowered his arms and straightened, taking a step closer. "Don't I get a hug?" Was his voice a little thicker? Jenna hesitated for a second, then chided herself. This was Nate, her friend. And he was home safe and sound. Quick tears stung her eyes. Thank you, Lord. "You bet."
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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 (1,097 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Okay well, this book took forever for me to finish. I would pick it up, put it down again and again. It dragged. I skipped endless pages. It really wasn't much of romance at all and probably one of the most educational romantic reads I've ever read, which is why it gets the two stars and not one. I can say that I have a much larger respect for soldiers coming home and what they had to deal with. However, it was incredibly slow moving and endless details. If you want to know how big football is in Texas, how to harvest cotton in the past and present, learn about cattle, and fires this book is for you. There was so much detail, there was little conversation between the Jenna and Nate within large chunks in the book. I forced myself to finish it and frankly skipped probably 50 pages. I got it for free through Inspired Reads and once again I'm so happy I didn't pay for the book.
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