A Change of Scenery by Davalynn Spencer – Book Review

Posted February 4, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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A Change of Scenery by Davalynn Spencer – Book Review

A Change of Scenery

by Davalynn Spencer

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Series: The Cañon City Chronicles #4
Published by Wilson Creek Publishing
Publication Date February 4, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Western, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 254

Synopsis:

Inspirational Historical Western Romance

A hidden fear. A daring challenge. A liberating love.
A motorcar accident on a rainy Chicago night steals Ella Canaday’s fiancé as well as her ability to ride. Clinging to the remnants of her independence, she cuts her hair and her ties with her wealthy father and takes a train west as the seamstress with a moving-picture company. Colorado offers the change of scenery she needs. But she doesn’t expect the bold cowboy who challenges her to reclaim both the loves she thought she’d lost forever.

Cale Hutton needs the money the moving-picture company is paying for use of his cattle and horses, but he’s not keen on some city gal gettin’ in the way out at the ranch. Between the filming crew by day and a rogue cattle-killing bear by night, his attention snags on the little bob-haired seamstress. Something about her easy manner around his horse sets his mind to find out what she’s hiding and why she has such a pull on his heart.

I would like to thank Davalynn Spencer for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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It was so fun to read a story that takes place during a time period I don’t see often in books, especially Westerns. 1911. Colorado. When automobiles were starting to make an appearance (noisily!) When motion pictures were just beginning to gain popularity. And of course, when our story takes place. It also has both moving pictures and automobiles playing secondary roles.

A Change of Scenery has some great characters and enjoyable dialog. I think Davalynn Spencer is my favorite Western dialogue writer. 🙂 Her cowboys turn phrases that bring a smile to my face and yet she doesn’t overuse expressions to make them seem … well, overdone. And the descriptions!! Oh my word, I love the way she paints her scenery and brings it to life. Making me long to see the places myself!

One of my favorite aspects of Cale and Ella’s relationship was how he was constantly looking to help challenge her, not satisfied with allowing her to settle. To settle for pain. To settle for fear. He helped to break her out of the fortress she had erected to protect her heart from being hurt and he helped her to learn how to love and to trust and to live again.

I adored Cale’s nephews! Their energy and enthusiasm and their hearts full of excitement made me smile. I could just see them gamboling around the ranch, eager to help and managing to be right underfoot when it was least convenient. And, oh, the sweet way they doted on Ella and loved to help her out!

If you are a fan of Western fiction and cowboys, I encourage you to read A Change of Scenery. It is part of The Cañon City Chronicles, which follows a family and yet each story stands well on its own.

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About Davalynn Spencer

Wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn Spencer writes cowboy romance. She is an ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. And she’s fairly certain that her previous career as a rodeo journalist and crime-beat reporter prepared her for life in Colorado wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley.

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