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Matt (The Cowboys)

Matt (The Cowboys) [Kindle Edition]

Leigh Greenwood
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Matt Haskins proved to be the most difficult of all the orphans in The Cowboys to write about. It's not easy to make a hero out of a man who has been sexually molested, especially when the abuse has given him a mental block against physical contact. I had to find a way to make the reader see that Matt's strength was of a different kind from most cowboys. It was almost as difficult to make Ellen Donovan see it.

Ellen's experience with men has been all bad. When she's forced to marry Matt so they can each keep the children they're trying to adopt, she's certain he has ulterior motives. She sets up stringent conditions before agreeing to the marriage of convenience. She expected Matt to accept them -- she wouldn't have married him otherwise -- but she was a little surprised, and disappointed, when he stuck to them after they were married. Ellen didn't want a quiet, unassuming husband. She wanted one who would take on the world in her defense. Matt had the size and the strength, but she didn't see much else to recommend him.

Taking on the responsibility of the two boys Matt wanted to adopt was one more thing she didn't need. She planned to stay married just long enough so the crusading Revered Wilbur Sears couldn't take her kids or Matt's boys. Then she was headed for San Antonio to open her own hat shop.
But while Ellen was making plans to leave Matt and his two troublesome boys behind, she discovered there was a lot more to this good-looking cowboy than met the eye.

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"Leigh Greenwood is one phenomenal writer who knows the human elements of every day living, the joys and sorrows, the power of love and the beauty of redemption. The characters are in depth, very complex and challenging. MATT is a special gift of love and forgiveness. I'll never forget it!" - Suzanne Coleburn, the Belles and Beaux of Romance

Matt and Ellen are strong lead characters with a lot to deal with and overcome. The orphaned youngsters, Toby, Orin, Noah, Tess and Hank, lend their vastly different personalities to create a family. Other secondary characters do their best to derail Matt and Ellen from their goals. Greenwood gets into a touchy subject without going into graphic detail. The way he handles the subplot leaves no doubt in readers' minds what's going on.
The Cowboys: Matt proves once again, there's no fence high enough to keep love out. You don't want to miss Matt's touching story. - Reviewed by Brenda Gayle

MATT is another installment on The Cowboys, the saga of Jake and Isabelle Maxwell and their brood of adopted children. Strong characters and emotions carry the story forward and keep us waiting for the next cowboy. - Jill Brager, Romantic Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843948779
  • Publisher: Ten Talents Press; 1 edition (11 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MHE6AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series 12 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love this series, following on from The Seven Brides - to become so linked with the family, excellent books. Love them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK/Really Annoying Heroine 17 Mar 2004
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I bought this book due to the wonderful reviews it received by other Amazon readers. I find it be unworthy of the praise received. It is merely an average book for several reasons. First, the reasons for the main characters forced marriage was unbelievable. Second, the reason for Ellen's fear of men and being touched was unbelievable. Third, the coincidence of multiple cases of sexual molestation was an awkward plot development that probably shouldn't have been included. Fourth, Ellen was a very annoying and unworthy heroine. She didn't deserve Matt and was never able to redeem herself in my mind. When she turned away from him after his confession, I wish Matt had left her. Not a good thought for a hopeless romance addict. While I applaud the author's efforts for approaching a difficult subject, the novel was definitely lacking in the poignancy I think the author was trying to achieve.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good western romance 10 Jun 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1883 in the Texas Hill Country, Matt Haskins worries that he will lose the two boys he brought into his home as a form of repayment from his own adoption. However, because one of them suddenly inherited a fortune, "loving" relatives now want the child. He could have ridden out the storm since no one previously wanted the lads, except that Reverend Sears insists that bachelor Matt is unsuited to raise two youngsters even if one is already sixteen. He needs a wife.
The townsfolk treat Ellen Donovan like a pariah for taking in the two children of a deceased bar maid and for working at a saloon. Since Reverend Sears came to town, Ellen's continual raising of the two kids has become questionable. She needs a husband.
Matt and Ellen talk about a business agreement in which they will marry and raise four children, but no permanent relationship will form. Once the children are safe and secure, Ellen plans to leave, but neither she nor Matt counted on love entering their marriage of convenience.
Award winning Leigh Greenwood takes an overused device to forge his western relationship drama, yet manages to keep the tale fresh due to his strong characters. The lead couple is a delightful duo who share a similar history while the support cast (the four children, his adopted family, and much of the townsfolk) provide profundity not often seen in the sub-genre. THE COWBOYS: MATT will send new readers looking for the previous seven "Cowboy" tales as well as the author's quite pleasing "Seven Brides" series.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Cowboy 13 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on
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I loved this book! It is the best one written of all the orphans that Jake and Isabelle adopted. It is sad how Matt could not stand to be touched or feel close to any of his brothers because of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his uncle. But, I admired the way Matt was able to help other boys when he got older because of what happened when he was a boy. I think Ellen was the right woman to help Matt see the kind of man that he was in taking care of his own family. The kids were also great in breaking through Matt's feeling of not being worthy and letting people get close to him.
I also loved seeing how the other orphans who had gotten married and started families of their own and adopted also (Drew) were doing. I like how close all of Jake and Isabelle's kids remain close giving the rocky start that had when they first came together as a family. Isabelle is totally awesome! When someone does any injustice to one of her kids she is one mother who will not sit by and not say anything, even though that are all grown. I can't wait to read the next 'Cowboys' book! Will it be about Will, the fun loving, drop dead gorgeous one or about Bret, the one who never really fit it with the others. I hope Mr. Greenwood does not keep us waitng too long!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt 6 Dec 2001
By Lila Puffer - Published on
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Very good book as all of Greenwoods books are.
I have the cowboy series, and Matt is one of my favorite books in the series. A very well written book about sexual child abuse and the effects it has on childern, even in the eighteen hundrens.
I was heartbroken to learn the Lee Grteenwoods publishers have made him start on a new series before finishing the Cowboy series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Cowboy 13 Jun 2001
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I have read all of the Cowboys books and Matt is the best one that has been done of the orphans. I think it was sad how Matt could not stand to be touched or feel close to his adopted family because if what his uncle did to him when was a boy. As a result, I also admired the way protected other boys no matter what the circumstance. I think Ellen was the right woman to help him see that he was a worthy of love and that he should not be afraid of letting others get close to him. The children fit right in helping Matt overcome his fears of letting people in and getting close to his family.
I also loved seeing how the other orphans were doing who had gotten married and started families of their own and some who also adopted children as well. I especially like seeing Isabelle fight any injustice that is done to any of her boys, even though they are all grown. No wonder they all love her so much! I can't wait for the next 'Cowboys' book to come out. I can't decide whose story I want to read about next: Will, who is the best looking and fun loving of the boys, or Bret who never fit in and is most estranged from the others. Another good one soon Mr. Greenwood!
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