Historical Romance Book Review: The Heart of a Cowboy
About the Book
Title: The Heart of a Cowboy
Series: Colorado Cowboys
Author: Jody Hedlund
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House PublishersPublication Date: October 5, 2021
Publisher's Book Description
“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.”
The Heart of a Cowboy, by Jody Hedlund, is the second book in the Colorado Cowboys series. As a western, historical romance, this novel is exceedingly special. With captivating characters and a gripping plot, this book is thoroughly engaging and beautifully written. From the first sentence to the last, elements of history, adventure, and romance are woven together expertly to create a story that entertains and inspires.
Spanning miles of Western territory lush with prairie grasses, muddy rivers, and wide-open sky, the setting of this novel is thoughtfully described and adds depth and meaning to the story. The setting, with its rugged and perilous features, provides myriad opportunities for the characters in this book to face their fears and nurture their faith. As they overcome obstacles that threaten their dreams and goals, these characters are moving and memorable. Their authenticity and vulnerability is compelling.
With a writing talent that seems effortless, Ms. Hedlund has successfully crafted a story that is worthwhile and engrossing. Page after page, there are plenty of surprises and unexpected moments that are truly thrilling and delightfully endearing. Scenes filled with danger are balanced by scenes of hope, and the story is strengthened by enduring themes of courage, resiliency, forgiveness, trust, and second chances.
As a piece of well-written fiction, this novel is very enjoyable. From beginning to end, Ms. Hedlund successfully demonstrates her talent for crafting novels that are rich in descriptive detail, integral settings, complex characterization, and riveting storylines. The Heart of a Cowboy is a stirring novel and a genuine pleasure to read. Abounding with history, romance, adventure, and heart, it offers an unforgettable reading experience, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. I am definitely ready to read the next book in this series!
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and NetGalley. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Jody Hedlund
“Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.” --Biography from Jody Hedlund’s author page on Amazon.com.