Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe – Book Review, Preview

Posted June 29, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways / 13 Comments

Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe - Book Review, Preview

I have worked in a male-dominated industry for the past couple of decades. It has always been a little obvious at the office but attending conferences made it abundantly clear that I was in the minority. I can remember one where there were a few thousand attendees, and I could count the women there on both hands. Granted, it is entirely possible that not as many women attend conferences as men, but that was quite a difference.

I’m not sure if I haven’t felt discrimination because of my gender due to the fact I work at a Christian ministry, if I am completely oblivious to its presence, or if I really have earned the respect I think I have.  🙂 I like to hope it is the latter, of course. . .

Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe – Book Review, Preview

Falling for the Cowgirl
by Tina Radcliffe


Series: Big Heart Ranch #2
Published by Love Inspired
Publication Date June 19, 2018
Genres: Western, Clean Romance, Christian Fiction
Setting: Oklahoma Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 288

Synopsis:

She won the job...Can he win her heart?Hiring Amanda "AJ" McAlester as his assistant at the Big Heart Ranch isn't foreman Travis Maxwell's first choice--but his sisters insist she's perfect for the job. And AJ's determined to prove she's just as qualified as any man. But with money on the line, AJ and her innovative ideas could put him at risk of losing everything...including his heart.

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If you had asked him, I don’t think Travis would have realized that he thought a woman couldn’t work as well as a man but underneath everything, he did start out believing that way. He was a fun character, being quite outspoken and having a short fuse, and yet he had quite a soft heart.

AJ was a woman in a male-dominated field. Despite the fact that Travis’ sisters were both completely for hiring her as assistant foreman, he was against that decision. I love the way she managed to handle so many things that he had been unable to do. She got Dutch to work morning shifts. She fired Rusty in such a way that he was actually grateful for it. Having only read about ranches, I was very surprised that AJ showed up for her interview wearing a suit. It just never even occurred to me that a cowboy would interview in anything other than jeans. What a stereotype that is, though, so I apologize to ranchers, cowboys, and cowgirls!

AJ was such a complex character. I thought it was great how it didn’t even occur to her to not speak the truth directly all the time. I admired her determination to continue working on ranches despite the problems she encountered in the past.

I loved the visit Travis and AJ took to pick up the bull they purchased. The folks on the ranch where the bull was were so fun. The way the wife kept trying to get AJ to bring home more critters than just the bull was humorous.

The idea of rustlers in this day and age seems as incongruous as the idea of pirates, yet we know that there are such things as modern-day pirates, and I imagine there are rustlers as well. It was interesting to learn that branding is is more commonly done via a tag than a branding iron. The tags, unfortunately, can be easily removed if someone had a desire to do so.

I would have liked to have learned more about the fostering aspect of the ranch. Where did the children live? Who lived with them to care for them? Where did they eat?

The romance was very sweet yet not easy, because both Travis and AJ had problems trusting others. And because AJ had very bad experiences with former bosses and co-workers wanting more than a friendly working relationship. The conflicts they had to work through made the story seem realistic and made it quite enjoyable.

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About Tina Radcliffe

Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency (a branch of the NSA) stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina manages Seekerville, a 13 author blog which is starting its tenth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner.

Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman’s Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller’s Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

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13 responses to “Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe – Book Review, Preview

  1. Tina Radcliffe

    Thank you for your very thoughtful comments, Phyllis. And thank you for hosting me and Travis and AJ!

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your your wonderful and insightful review on “Falling for the Cowgirl” by Tina Radcliffe and for being part of the book tour.

    Adore this cover – it speaks volumes. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book which is on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    • That is so kind! It is my pleasure to help promote your books. 🙂 And actually, my husband is the poster on the Facebook groups. He is only working part time right now and has been AMAZING at helping with that part of the blogging.

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