Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Trouble With Cowboys

Book Review: 

Denise Hunter’s The Trouble With Cowboys is the last volume in her Big Sky series. The story centers around two sisters: Annie and Sierra Wilkerson. Having their cowboy father walk out permanently when Annie was 5 and Sierra was a baby scarred both girls. Having a mother who had relationships with four additional cowboys left both girls believing that any male who worked with cows was Danger and Trouble.

The irony was that the sisters lived in a ranching part of Montana and both dealt with cowboys on a daily basis.  As I read through the story I kept wondering why they stayed in rural Montana. Finally, at the end of the book Miss Lucy, the town matriarch articulated what I wanted to express about the cowboy problem. She pointed out that in their area of the country you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a cowboy.

As the older sister, Annie, took over caring for her younger sister after their mother died, and their grandfather passed away. Sierra became pregnant at 16 and would not name the father. She was attempting to raise her son alone. Sierra deeply frustrated her older sibling, and she did seem flighty. However, she had her baby at 16, passed the GED test and had completed 3½ years of college by age 20. In addition she was an excellent mother to her son. 

I felt like Annie should lighten up.

The theme of the book was giving up control and not judging and stereotyping an entire class of people. As Annie’s relationship with Dylan developed through the story, I found myself frustrated with her narrow, provincial viewpoint. I grew tired of the drama, the result of an acute dislike of cowboys.

I would recommend this book but with some reservation. It is the love story of both sisters and shows how God worked in the lives of both women. But I wanted to tell Annie as she fought and struggled with Dylan, the cowboy in her life, “This guy’s golden. Just give him a chance and cut the drama.”  

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book: 

Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

Meet Denise: 

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

Find out more about Denise at

Denise Hunter’s “The Trouble with Cowboys” Facebook Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of The Trouble with Cowboys Denise is hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. She'll connect with readers and give away some amazing prizes - including a Kindle Fire! 
Save the Date for October 11th!

`Author Chat Party on October 11th at 8:00 PM EST (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 MST, & 5:00 PST)! Haven’t read The Trouble with Cowboys yet? That’s okay, don’t let that stop you from coming to the party! (You may win a copy!)

During the evening she’ll be sharing the story behind the book, posting discussion questions, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of chatting and fun giveaways – books, gift certificates and – a Kindle Fire! She’ll also be giving you a sneak peek of her next book too!

RSVP today and then come back on the 11th … and bring your friends!

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