Cowboys of Summer – Anthology Review

Posted May 21, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways /

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Cowboys of Summer – Anthology Review

I have found that some anthologies have one great author and a bunch of authors who do not write as well. Which means slogging through the okay stories or skipping after a chapter or two to get to the ones that are really worth reading.  Cowboys of Summer is not that type of anthology. I enjoyed every one of the stories in this collection.

Cowboys of Summer – Anthology Review

Cowboys of Summer

by Mary Connealy, Cheryl St. John, Tina Radcliffe, Missy Tippens, Lorna Seilstad, Sherri Shackelford

Publication Date May 1, 2018
Genres: Western, Clean Romance
Setting: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 512


As the summer weather sizzles, relax by the pool with stirring tales of handsome cowboys and the spirited ladies who wrangle them into romance. Six of Christian fiction's most beloved authors join forces to bring you a collection of humorous, romantic and heartfelt novellas set against the sultry heat of summer.

In Mary Connealy's, "Dr. Tess and the Cowboy", sparks fly when Dr. Tessa Rhoades discovers dinosaur bones on Joe Holt's ranch and decides to excavate-even if that means kicking Joe off his own land.

In "Hometown Girl" by Cheryl St.John, injured rodeo champion Justin Cooper returns to the sleepy Oklahoma town he escaped for fame and fortune--and takes his biggest tumble yet--straight into the arms of Stevie Marshall, his first love who soon has him questioning his life choices.

In Tina Radcliffe's, "Lake Effect", cynical cowboy Tucker Jackson knows he's in trouble when he starts counting the days until the end of summer and praying 'summer girl' Jessica Richards will find a home for her heart in Paradise.

In "His Lone Star Heart" by Missy Tippens, rancher Zeb West tries hard not to fall for Beecher Brown, the feisty but off-limits sister of his best friend. As she tries to prove she's capable of running her family's ranch--the one he's trying to buy--he might just find he's met his match...for life.

Will Lorna Seilstad's characters make "Great Strides" when Dana Etherton, the owner of a horse therapy ranch, must choose between the kids she serves and Adam Malone, the embezzler who's been assigned to do community service there?

When Paige Monroe agrees to draw the press away from a country star's wedding by pretending to be the look-alike bride, she wasn't counting on having very real feeling for her decoy fiancé, Sterling Tanner. Sherri Shackelford's, "The Decoy Bride", shows what happens when two people feigning love forget they're acting.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Dr. Tess and the Rancher by Mary Connealy 


This story was completely different from the last book I read by Mary Conneally. It was humorous with some laugh-out-loud moments, and it was sweet. The details about the excavation that Tess was doing were quite interesting and I really appreciated the way the author managed to share just the right amount of information about paleontology in that region.

Hometown Girl by Cheryl St. John 


This was a heart-warming story of reconciliation and returning to the things that are truly important.

Lake Effect by Tina Radcliffe 


Reading Lake Effect left me with a smile on my face. This was a great summer read about a summer girl. Both Jessica and Tucker had been hurt in the past and need to find healing and learn to trust. This story had more of an inspirational bent than the others in this compilation.

His Lone Star Heart by Missy Tippens  


Another big brother trying to protect his sister from his best friend. In this case, Nick might have a good reason to suspect Zeb of being a danger to his sister’s heart, because Zeb has a track record of not being able to commit to the women in his life. In this sweet romance, Zeb needs to learn to trust that God’s plans for Him are good and to get over his fears related to being passed from one foster care situation to the next.

Great Strides by Lorna Seilstad


man looks at the outward appearancebut the Lord looks at the heart.” I Sam 16:7 NKJV

Dana made a quick judgment when her friend approved having an ex-con do community service at the hippotherapy facility she founded, and determined that she would get rid of him as quickly as possible. Until she got to know him, see his kind heart, and was convicted about her snap judgement.

This was a very good story and was a great reminder that it is so important that we don’t hold a person’s past against them if they have repented and are walking with the Lord.

The Decoy Bride by Sherri Shackelford 


Fun. Witty. Romantic. Sweet. The Decoy Bride was a pleasant quick read with an interesting plot and characters. My one complaint is that when Sterling was first introduced, his thoughts toward Paige made him seem like a playboy who slept around a lot. Later, that seemed contrary to his character. I think the author was trying to show that Paige brought out a different side of him, but it did not come across that way.


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About Cheryl St. John

Cheryl St. John is the award-winning author of more than fifty Harlequin and Silhouette books, as well as several independently published books. Her book Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Writer’s Digest is a popular seller. Cheryl has always loved the exciting and diverse worlds available between the covers of books. As a child Cheryl wrote stories and drew covers, then stapled them into little books. She cut all the tiny book images from the book club advertisements in the Sunday paper and glued them to bits of cardboard so Barbie® had a full library.

Cheryl believes in paying it forward, and her some of her most rewarding experiences have been sharing in the successes of writers she has coached over the years. Cheryl loves hearing from readers. You can email her at StJohn[at]aol[dot]com.

About Lorna Seilstad

Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby’s bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote.” Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor.

About Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols

About Missy Tippens

Born and raised in Kentucky, Missy Tippens has lived in Georgia for the last 25+ years. She is a pastor’s wife and mom of three. A former microbiologist and teacher, she now focuses on her writing.

After more than ten years of working toward publication, Missy finally made her first sale of a novel in 2007. She feels very blessed to be working at home in her dream job!

You can also find Missy at these sites:

Seekerville and Yankee Belle Cafe

About Sherri Shackelford

Sherri Shackelford is an award-winning author of inspirational, Christian romance novels for Harlequin/HarperCollins Publishers.

A wife and mother of three, Sherri’s hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, “Why did I just come in here?” A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul. Look for her new adventure in Love Inspired Suspense, No Safe Place, in stores January of 2019.

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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18 responses to “Cowboys of Summer – Anthology Review

  1. Lacey Waters

    I enjoyed this post, it made the book sound so heartwarming <3 thank you

  2. Hi Phyllis! Thank you for the nice review. I’m so glad you enjoyed Cowboys of Summer. It’s a departure for me from writing historicals and I loved it. I got to use cars and cell phones!!! 🙂

    • I like using cars and cell phones. 🙂 This and The Accidental Guardian are the first books of yours that I have read. I’ve really enjoyed them and am looking forward to reading more in the future.

  3. Lori Smanski

    what a lovely cover. how fun – cowboys, spirited ladies, humor and romance. what more could we ask for, for a summer read. i really love how the authors all wrote not knowing what the other authors wrote. this makes this book a fun and special book. would love to put it on my to read list.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  4. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the “Power of Words” book tour. So many great authors! I’d love to read all their stories. I’ve definitely added this book to my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  5. carylkane

    Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to read this fun collection!

  6. With all of these great authors I really ‘need’ this book, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  7. Christina Gould

    There is nothing like relaxing by the pool with stirring tales of handsome cowboys. Thanks for posting!