Monday, June 20, 2022

TO TAME A COWBOY by Jody Hedlund, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"She hadn't minded the quietness. She'd learned over the years that wounded creatures often required more time and patience before being willing to trust. And she sensed Brody needed an extra dose of time and patience."

Veterinarian Savannah Marshall is a runaway bride. Escaping a marriage that is riddled with doubts, Savannah pushes herself higher into the Colorado mountains; away from her father, away from her betrothal, away from all the expectations surrounding her future, and straight into the remote town of Fairplay, where she meets a man who changes her notions about . . . well, just about everything.

"Brody might have survived the war physically, but it damaged part of his soul.", Linnea McQuaid tells Savannah. Brody's family has taken a liking to Savannah, especially after his older brother Flynn notices the calming effect Savannah has on Brody while handling a wounded animal together. At least Savannah has secured gainful employment, albeit temporary, on the McQuaid ranch, while building up her reputation in the area. It's pretty obvious that Brody has a God-given gift with horses, and Savannah loves his passion for saving the area's beautiful wild mustangs. But there's another kind of passion brewing that Savannah has no idea how to manage.

If you have ever visited Colorado, this setting sets the stage for a virtual vacation (or perhaps, picnic???) across the majestic Rocky Mountains with their snow-covered peaks (even in the summer) and miles upon miles of ranch land along their base; clear rivers and streams, and the most beautiful sunsets. But the weather changes quickly . . . which Savannah and Brody are about to find out.

Enjoy this over-the-top-and-back-down-again romance! 

*I received a copy and I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.  3.5 stars


BackCover Blurb:
They share a passion to heal what is broken, but it's their own hearts that need to be made whole.

Brody McQuaid is a broken man, and he knows it. While his body survived the war, his soul did not. Besides loving his little niece, his only sense of purpose comes from saving the wild horses that roam South Park. Ranchers in the area have taken to killing the horses, which are competing with their cattle to feed on the open grass.

Savannah Marshall is a veterinarian on her family's Colorado ranch. She longs to keep her father happy following the tragic death of her older brother, including marrying a man of his choosing. But days before her wedding, she gets cold feet and disappears to South Park. As she learns more about the destruction of the horses, she joins Brody in an attempt to save the wild creatures. But when Savannah's family and the resentments of the area cattlemen catch up with them both, Brody and Savannah will have to tame their fears if they've any hope to let love run free.

Bethany House Publishing, May 3, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy TO TAME A COWBOY at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House

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