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
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
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.
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 appearance, but 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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