Barbour Books (April 1, 2009)
It’s wonderful to be able to pick up a favorite author’s newest book expecting a wonderful read and still be surprised at the intricacies of the plot and characters that all intertwine for a gorgeous tapestry of a story. Christine Lynxwiler has once again delivered with The Reluctant Cowgirl. Although this starts a new series which I look forward to following along with, Lynxwiler introduces the characters such that even the secondary players in this installment become our close friends as much as those who are the focus of this book.
We meet the McCord sisters for the first time as Crystal returns home at the beckoning call from her siblings. In the process she ends up leaving New York and her Broadway aspirations behind at least for a time. When she returns to the family ranch in Arkansas, she encounters the newest neighbor, a single father with his own battles to manage. Despite their pasts that are still affecting their present lives, Crystal and Jeremy eventually recognize God may be bringing them together to support one another through the process of healing He is facilitating in their lives. Can faith, family, and a new love become their impetus to persevere through the struggles they face? (ISBN#9781602601505, 288pp, $10.97)