Monday, November 15, 2021

THE HEART OF A COWBOY by Jody Hedlund, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Linnea's gone."

How could that girl have slipped past him? Just hours after rescuing her from the river and accepting a guardianship deal with her grandfather, Flynn McQuaid couldn't help but wonder what kind of predicament he had gotten himself into. As lovely as the flowers she studied, Linnea sure had a propensity for needing to be rescued. And she had been out there. . . all alone . . .in the dark . . .in the rain . . .what in the world? It was going to be a long trip into Colorado Territory, but first things first . . . Flynn had to find his wayward botanist.

Linnea Newbury had only been trying to help when she followed the wandering horse, but when Flynn found her curled up into a ball, wet, shivering and just a bit distraught--his reprimands fell short, especially after she flashed that sweet smile of gratitude . . . for, "when he'd agreed to guard her, he never bargained on having to guard his heart". Marriage and a family wasn't in his future. Nope, it sure wasn't.

Delightfully predictable in an entertaining sort of way, this story gifts its readers with a lot of ready fun; sitting on the sidelines watching two hopeless romantics fall hopelessly in love, as Flynn McQuaid and Linnea Newberry quite literally meet their match. Will they manage to figure out all of those annoying little details, for unbeknownst to Flynn, there's a clock ticking! A wonderful second book in a continuing series, with twists and turns all its own! And plenty of them!
* 3.5 stars. I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
When he agreed to guard her, he never bargained on having to guard his heart.

Brilliant scientist Linnea Newberry is on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling the Santa Fe Trail with her grandfather, Dr. Howell, on a botanical expedition to Colorado Territory. She longs to be valued for her contributions and not seen as a helpless liability. But at every calamity she faces, her grandfather threatens to send her home.

After watching his ma suffer and die in childbirth, Flynn McQuaid has sworn off women and marriage forever. Headed west to start a new life, he has his hands full not only taking care of his younger siblings but also delivering cattle to his older brother. He doesn't need more complications.

When Flynn rescues Linnea from drowning during a river crossing, Dr. Howell promptly hires Flynn--unbeknownst to Linnea--to act as her bodyguard for the rest of the trip. As Flynn fights against the many dangers of the trail, he soon finds himself in the greatest danger of all--falling for a woman he's determined not to love.

Bethany House Publishers, October, 2021
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