Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Denise Hunter's A Cowboy's Touch ~ Reviewed
A Cowboy's Touch, A Big Sky Romance, Women of Faith Fiction
By: Denise Hunter
Paperback, 311 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2011
Back Cover Description:
Abigail is just in Moose Creek, Montana for the summer to temporarily care for her great aunt. But a tender-hearted cowboy beckons her to stay.
Abigail Jones intends to spend just one summer in middle-of-nowhere Montana with her Aunt Lucy. Time away from her job is just what Abigail needs to reassess her life. The slow pace has her breathing deeply for the first time in years. And the majestic scenery encourages her to get reacquainted with herself... and God.
What she didn't count on was the handsome widowed cowboy who owns the ranch where her aunt lives. When the rancher loses his daughter's nanny, Abigail decides to lend a hand for the summer.
Wade Ryan can't help being attracted to Abigail. But he's given up everything to protect his daughter, and he's not about to risk it all on a pretty face.
Under Abigail's care, Wade's home and daughter thrive. And with Wade's touch, Abigail's heart feels at home at last, But Abigail knows this elusive rancher is hiding something. Will her owns secrets separate her from the cowboy who finally captured her heart?
This quaint, down to earth romance certainly captured my heart. Denise Hunter describes the essence of small town America and uses it as the setting for a story of love, restoration, and new beginnings. Abigail is a workaholic with hypertension issues, so when her magazine editor boss (who also happens to be her mother) and her doctor (who also happens to be her sister) force her to take a 3 month leave from work, she begrudgingly goes. Worried that she'll be bored to death with only her eccentric Aunt Lucy for company, she quickly discovers that there is much more to life, God, and Moose Creek, Montana than she ever would have imagined. Including, pink bicycles, country music, being nanny to Maddy.....and falling for her widowed cowboy father, Wade. But Wade has a lot of secret pain in his past...and so does Abby. Will they be able to get past that to discover God's plan for their lives? Find out by reading "A Cowboys Touch".
Reviewed by: Rachael Schnitker
Denise Hunter is my go-to girl when it comes to romantic and emotive love stories, when I want to be captured by a character's vulnerabilities and delight in their discovery of love and acceptance. A Cowboy's Touch is once again a reflection of Denise's talent in this genre, as she quickly establishes both Abigail and Wade as appealing and authentic characters, with quirks and weaknesses, striving to do the right thing by those they love. Their chemistry is palpable and their back stories add a touch of intrigue and depth to the romance element. My only quibble is the rather speedy resolution of a major issue towards the end of the story but even that failed to dampen my enthusiasm for this captivating love story. Rest assured I will be reading anything with Denise Hunter's name on the cover.
Reviewed by: Rel Mollet