Thursday, May 07, 2009

REVIEW: The Reluctant Cowgirl by Christine Lynxwiler

“The Reluctant Cowgirl” by Christine Lynxwiler opens with a bang! No, not really. We enter the scene in New York City where Crystal McCord is trying to make a name for herself as an actress. She has terrific friends and a guy who just proposed marriage. Then her life suddenly goes haywire as it tends to do! Crystal finds herself back home in Arkansas, halfheartedly caring for her parents’ ranch. As she confronts the demons from her past that have kept her gone for so long, she finds love and acceptance and forgiveness in the place she used to call home.

This is a beautiful book that warms the heart. It showcases family ties, the love of parents and siblings, pursuing our dreams and learning when to change those dreams. Christine’s smooth storytelling ability makes this novel so difficult to put down. I found myself reading way past bedtime so I could finish it in less than two days. I also found myself frequently smiling as I was reading. This author and this story certainly touched this reader’s heart.

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