Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!
I have another review for you! This one is by Jody Hedlund and released today! Be sure to wish her a happy release day if you see her around social media! Read on for my thoughts!
About the Book
Greta Nilsson’s trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.
Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He’ll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt’s ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.
Hello, my name is Toni and I judge a book by it’s cover. And that’s exactly why I jumped at a chance to read Jody Hedlund’s A Cowboy For Keeps. I admit, I was also intrigued that she was writing a book outside her usual era and I do love a good western. And did I mention this book cover is gorgeous?
But that’s not all it has going for it. From the start I held such empathy for Greta Nilsson. She’s holding such a burden and determined to not be a failure. But then again, so is handsome rancher Wyatt McQuaid.
AND this book is a marriage of convenience one of my absolute favorite tropes. If the cover hadn’t hooked me, that certainly would have (I didn’t read the blurb so I just jumped right on in.) I loved the imagery of the story and could picture everything perfectly. I loved to see the growth of Wyatt and Greta’s relationship. Wyatt was such a great hero and his care for Greta’s sister and his heart to help his family endeared me to him.
Top it off, this is a start of the series which means we get to see the rest of the McQuaids. A Cowboy For Keeps is a solid start and one that has me looking forward to more.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.
About the Author
Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.