...tale with all the expected elements, and a gentle romance.
I didn't know that this was a Christian novel/romance when I downloaded it, but I still read it despite shortly realising this (from dialogue in the first 10% of the tale), as it was set in the wild west and featured a female lead who was ahead of her time.
It's a gentle romance without any highs or lows, between a young girl called Bobbie who's more tomboy than lady, having been raised by her father on a ranch. Horses are her greatest love and she's been hired by rancher Jace, sight unseen, so he expects a guy, not a gal. Initially, he takes her for a cattle thief/outlaw, but is quick to apologise for and admit his mistake, and to afford her the same respect and concern that he would for any worker worth their salt.
It's a journey of discovery for them both, and yes, it is heavy on Faith and God and Christianity, but beyond that, there's romance, baddies, danger, cattle rustling, suspicion, bank raids and a couple of assault attempts against Bobbie get thrown in, allowing Jace to come to the rescue...
Overall, a decent read, but I prefer hot and steamy historicals a-la Nan Ryan and Connie Mason, so this for me is not a Keeper.
on 9 October 2011
Ranch owner Jace Kincaid isn't too impressed when his latest ranch hand is a woman but to be fair he'd figured Bobbie McIntyre to be a guy. First impressions aside, Bobbie turns out to be a 1st class ranch hand. Unfortunately, this is all at the same time that Jace is having no end of problems with a cattle thief. There is plenty of drama as Jace tries to find the culprit and Bobbie's safety is on the line several times. True love prevails though and I'm a sucker for a happy ending.