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An Englishwoman's Guide to the Cowboy Paperback – 26 Oct 2012
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"Witty, sparkling and romantic, this is a fabulous read." - Amanda Grange, bestselling author of Mr Darcy's Diary
Top Customer Reviews
The setting is the American West in 1867. An unexpected stage coach wreck causes well-bred, bookish, Englishwoman-abroad, Annie Haddon to meet English-hating, rule-breaking, Colt McCall. Was there ever such a hero? Heathcliff meets Rhett Butler! Colt is a wonderful romantic lead although the development of his and Annie's relationship is far from conventional.
The supporting characters are many and varied reflecting the different aspects of society of the era and the complexity of the plot. The writing is so good that every character comes alive and makes a strong contribution to the overall story. The dialogue is excellent providing authenticity to the setting and ensuring the vivid development of the characters.
The plot has more than enough complications to keep the story moving forwards at a good pace and, of course, there's a very satisfactory ending in true romance style albeit with an unexpected twist. One of the best examples of romantic fiction I've ever read.
The white man is sweeping across the states of America, bringing it's railway and forcing the native Indians out. Tensions are high and stages coaches easy targets. When the stagecoach crashes in a typical hold up, Annie if left for dead. That is until Colt McCall rescues her.
With an Irish father and a Sioux mother, Colt has had a tough life. He learned to fight hard to get where he is today, he respects the Comanche Indians and hates the way that money and greed of the white man is killing off a way of life. Yet he's not safe from either side, he's a wanted man by the army, and he hasn't much time for a prim and proper English lady.
In the time it takes to get Annie back reunited with her relations at Fort Mackenzie, she learns to like much of the wildness. Stupid and feisty, causing endless trouble for McCall, she'll stick up for what she thinks is right, making mistakes but earning respect along the way.
I really enjoyed this book, a fan of the old cowboy movies, this book took me back to the old stories about the wild west, with an old fashioned romance. I felt I was watching a movie again and half expected Calamity Jane to walk on set at any time.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
What an unexpected delight this book is. As the author of GENTLEMAN OF FORTUNE, The Adventures of Bartholomew Roberts - Pirate I am naturally interested in historical fiction, and I have to say that An Englishwoman's Guide to the Cowboy is totally different to anything I have read. It is witty, funny, and unput-down-able.
When Annie Haddon is rescued by sexy Texan Colt McCall, she finds herself alone with him in the Texas wilderness in a situation her gentle upbringing in London has not prepared her for. A clash of cultures makes for laugh-out-loud entertainment. Will Annie break free from her stifling upbringing, and domineering Aunt Bea and spiteful cousin Charlotte? And must she go back to London to marry the detestable Henry Hewell? Will she find her father, known to be in Texas? The situation where the Army is attacked by Indians is priceless.
I thoroughly recommend An Englishwoman's guide to the Cowboy for sheer entertainment value.
For a debut novel, June Kearns has hit the spot.
I am looking forward to her next book.
Set against the backdrop of the wild west of the 1800s, our English heroine is an intelligent, fiesty but buttoned-up woman, nearing her sell-by date as far as matrimony is concerned.
She meets a charismatic, half Irish, half native American cowboy who has a bad reputation and a good heart. The build-up of passion was superb and had me turning page after page,as the story and their love grew.
The ending had a nice twist too.
A brilliant debut from a great new writer. Looking forward to lots more quality romance from this new talent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I like June Kearns style of snappy sentences, hints and intimations. Annie is a great character and I am so pleased she had her adventure when she did.Published 9 months ago by Closet Romantic
Thoroughly enjoyable. Slightly confused at the start, but then got into it and did not want to put my Kindle down. June paints very realistic pictures throughout.Published 11 months ago by Me
I have to say I absolutely loved reading this book. It was sparkling, witty and funny, but also moving and quite haunting too. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bargee
Lovely quirky romance. You wonder how they are ever going to get together with all the social hurdles in the way but the ending is perfect. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Tina
I absolutely loved this book. It is so beautifully and stylishly written and I found myself wanting to be Annie, the heroine! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rosy
My favorite character was by far the dog, and I feel he was rather underrepresented in the story. Poor little mite isn't mentioned for pages, only to crop up for a line and lift... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2015 by AnnaJ90
It’s the latter half of the nineteenth century and Annie Haddon is travelling across America in a stagecoach, corseted, with layers of petticoats and to make matters worse, wearing... Read morePublished on 13 April 2015 by CathyR
A right rollicking adventure set in 1870s Texas. Annie Haddon, on the face of it, has missed out on all that a genteel woman should possess. Read morePublished on 8 April 2015 by Lanky Lady
What a fabulous story!
I thoroughly enjoyed it. The heroine is a modern “girl who reads” and one cannot but like her. Read more