Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Reluctant Cowgirl by Christine Lynxwiler


Today, I'm stretching back to last year with a review of a book which released in April, 2009. I saw some buzz about this book somewhere and couldn't help grabbing a copy myself.

As always, we'll begin with the summary:

For the past eight years, Crystal McCord has believed the old saying that you can't go home again. Will she give herself a chance to be proven wrong? New York actress Crystal McCord puts her career on hold to return home to Arkansas to help take care of her family's ranch. When she meets cowboy neighbor Jeremy Buchanan, sparks fly. But when Jeremy's never-before-mentioned family appears on the scene, he drops out of the picture. Will Crystal's country road home turn out to be a dead end? Is it time for a U-turn back to the Big Apple? Or will Jeremy manage to book her for an unlimited engagement?

And now, my review:

I love Christian books about actresses and their lives. Christine Lynxwiler lets us dabble in New York’s acting scene and root for an actress to achieve her dreams. Yet, most of the story is held on a farm in Arkansas, so you get the cowboy/ranch experience, too. What’s not to love about that in a romance? Lynxwiler skillfully takes readers into both worlds while tackling some painful family issues—the abduction of a daughter and the death of a twin sister. But, somehow, the author doesn’t let the reader get bogged down too low to enjoy flipping the pages. Loved the barn scene where the leads portrayed “Sleeping Beauty.” A lovely romantic moment I wished Lynxwiler would’ve milked just a bit more (sorry). This romance goes a little deeper with those aforementioned issues, but I believe the author handles them well, giving us an HEA ending readers will like. (happily ever after) I’ll be on the lookout for more of Lynxwiler’s books.

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