Avon True Romance: Samantha And The Cowboy
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Bestselling and RITA winning author Lorraine Heath has written a charming young adult romance. 16-year-old Samantha comes of age and discovers feelings of attraction toward that special boy. Matthew is a convincingly damaged hero, aged beyond his 18 years by his wartime experience, and afraid to develop feelings again. Sam's mixed feelings about being a boy lighten the novel's touch. The adventure of the cattle drive and the dangers that Sam finds herself in, add spice to the sweet sensual tension between the two characters (especially once Matthew discovers Sam's secret).
Samantha is a normal girl. She lives Out West with her family, which consists of an older brother, a younger brother, a younger sister, and a mother. Samantha is sixteen. When she sees an advertisement for cowhands, her life changes. Samantha's family needs the hundred dollar paycheck, but her younger siblings are too young and her older one doesn't want to go. (The story is set in the post-Civil War times, in the western south) Samantha has always wanted an adventure, so she cuts her hair and gets a little 'interview' with the boss. He doesn't want to hire her at first but she ends up on the trail as a cowhand, disguised as a boy. She learns about cattle from Matthew, a handsome, eighteen-year-old cowhand. Gradually, Samantha(under the name of Sam) falls in love with him. There's one big problem. Matt thinks she's a boy. But when he finds out that she is really a girl, can she win back his trust and convince him not to tell anyone her secret?
As I said, it's an okay book, not the best, but still entertaining. Written for young adults(girls), it's a fun read. For those who've already read it, I suggest Seven Daughters and Seven Sons or the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce.
I'm not going to give a summary of the book, because plenty of other reviews already have, but I will tell you what I loved about this book.
It was so fun to see how the main character convinced the cowhands that she was a boy. And when the boys stripped down in front of "Sam" to take a dip in the river--not knowing she was a girl...now that was priceless!
And when Matt found out that Sam was a girl after he saved her from the river...and suddenly began noticing her soft "girlish" features, such as her beautiful green eyes, delicate hands, and of course her curves. He was furious of course, because she had lied to him, but he was instantly attracted to her and couldn't stop thinking about how much he wanted to hold her. This made it extremely difficult for Matt to decide whether or not he would give Samantha's secret away, which would cause her to be kicked off the cattle drive and destroy her chances for earning the lifesaving $100 dollars for her struggling family.
Well, I don't want to give the whole book away, so I'll let you read it yourself, and leave you by telling you that this was a funny, colorful, romantic story set against the backdrop of the South after the Civil War.
And if you love this book, you will probably also love Lorraine Heath's other Avon True Romance Novel for Teens, called Amelia and the Outlaw.