Maggie Porters life had been pretty carefree as a young girl. She was able to freely roam throughout the rolling acreages of her fathers ranch, Rocking P. She was friends with all the ranch hands and treated fairly and respectfully by them all, including the handsome foreman, Alex Bright. However, Maggies life changes when her mother becomes ill. Maggie, 13, goes with her mother to a sanitarium. She cares tirelessly for her mother, but in five short years her mother passes away. After the funeral, Maggies father sends Maggie to San Fransansisco for two years to start the healing process while living with a cousin. At the age of 18 Maggie returns to Texas and Rocking P to find things are not the same as they were when she left with her mom.
The ranch hands feel that they are being treated unfairly and paid less than what other area ranchworkers are making per month. They demand Mr Porter pay them fairly or threaten to strike, just at the time of roundup. Alex Bright, the foreman, is caught in the middle. He is loyal to his boss who has treated him fairly for so many years and has a beautiful daughter to boot! -, but yet he is empathetic towards the reality his men face. As Alex tries to sort this out he is struggling to sort out his feelings for Maggie. Just as he thinks they can start a friendship that might lead to something the men decide to strike. At the same time Maggie finds out how deep in debt her dads ranch is as well as how advanced his cancer is a cancer she knew nothing about until now!
When the men strike and when her dad takes a turn for the worse, Maggie knows she must step up to save the ranch. With the help of some close friends, Maggie begins the roundup process. When the going gets tough she finds out that her trust in God is what will get her through. God will also have to set her heart straight too in regards to Alex and their future together.
This is a must read for lovers of western romances. Susan Page Davis does not disappoint in this book 5 of the Morgan Family series!
I received this book from Moody Publishers and am not being compensated for my review! Thank you Moody!
I loved this book! Susan Paige Davis executed the story phenomenally. I have never read another book with this concept, and it was fun and exciting to follow the cowgirls on the trail! The author chose to focus more on the story than scenery, which I appreciated because the story was so captivating. In a man's world, can a group of twelve women make it? I was cheering for Maggie from the beginning.
The characters in the story were easy to relate to. Maggie Porter is a strong, spunky, independent woman who is still in touch with her emotions and feelings. That's a refreshing thing in a woman character. Alex Bright feels torn between his loyalty to Maggie's father and herself, and the men that he was chosen to lead. He knows he can't choose both. What a hard decision!
The message of the story was simple, yet understated. Sometimes, even when we can't see the outcome, we have to rely on God and rejoice in our current circumstances. Have you ever been in a situation that you've had a hard time rejoicing? I know I have. That is God molding and making you in the refiner's fire!
Overall, this was a short, sweet story and I recommend it to anyone who wants to read about cowgirls leading a cattle drive!
**I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**
Cowgirl Trail by Susan Page Davis was not near as good as I expected it to be. I had read the Ladies Shooting Club series by her and loved them, but this book didn't compare. The first half of the book was mainly an introduction of the characters, which is very helpful, but there is little interaction between them. When I read the back of a book, I expect it to match up with what is inside the book. In this case, it did but the back cover left out many of the main ideas that happen in the first half of the book. If you based your ideas on what the back cover said, you would think that Alex doesn't play a very big role in book, when in reality, he is one of the major characters. You would also think that Maggie just gathers up her friends and hits the trail from the beginning, when in fact, that doesn't occur until halfway through the book. Other than that, I found the book to be a good read. It kept me interested, but it wasn't the best book I've ever read. The plot was predictable in some places, but not at other times. I also liked that although this book is part of a 6 book series, it can also be read as a stand alone book.
I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
When Maggie Porter returns home after a two year absence she expects to find all things are doing well only to find out the bills are piling up from her mother's prolonged illness and her father is dying from cancer. Suddenly Maggie finds herself in charge. When the ranch hands go on strike because of poor wages, Maggie is faced with the task of getting the cattle to market and saving their home. Maggie had loved their ranch foreman, Alex Bright, since she was thirteen, but when he walks off the job with the other hands, she is afraid her chances with him are permanently severed. Maggie knows that getting the cattle to market is a priority but where will she find enough cowpunchers to help her complete the task? Her best friend Carlotta Herrera suggests they have an all-girl cattle drive. With the help from her friends, Maggie sets out to save her family's home. Little does she know that Alex and a few of the men are following at a distance in case trouble erupts. Can this bunch of cowgirls complete their task? Will she set aside her suspicions of Alex and welcome him back into her life and home?
Alex Bright had worked for the Rocking P Ranch for seven years and he had loved Maggie Porter since the early days when he used to take her riding. When his ranch hands feel their boss is being unfair Alex finds himself caught in the middle. Should he remain loyal to Maggie's father or stand by his men? Torn between what he feels is right and his love for Maggie, Alex goes on strike with his men but he can't stop worrying about Maggie and the fix it puts her in. When he discovers that her "hired hands" consists of the women in the area he knows he must follow her on the cattle drive and see her safely to the market. Regardless of how her father treated them in the end, he loves Maggie and refuses to turn his back on her. When a disgruntled ranch hand wants revenge it's Alex and a few of the loyal men that ride in to save the day. But can he work his way back into Maggie's heart and life? Or has his bridges been burned?
I knew when I read the blurb for this book I was going to love it and I wasn't disappointed. I love a spitfire heroine that knows how to be tough in tough situations and Maggie was spot-on. She knew what had to be done and she took the lead and followed through. Alex was the kind of hero you fall in love with. He was honest, faithful and loyal to the core. I really felt how torn he was between his boss and his men and I loved the way he took care of Maggie when she didn't even have a clue. The storyline was amazing from beginning to end and thoroughly enjoyable. I didn't want to put it down. The characters were perfect from the most prevalent to the least. This was my first book by Susan Page Davis but it definitely won't be my last. She is an author to add to your favorites list and if you haven't read the other books in this series you will want to after reading Cowgirl Trail. Excellent story and I highly recommend it to anyone that likes historical western romance.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine and mine alone and I received no monetary compensation.
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Cowgirl Trail is book 5 in the series called The Texas Trails. The Texas Trails books are all about a member in the Morgan family as they travel through the generations. Most of the family members are mentioned in this book, and some even come to visit at the end, but any of these books can be read as a stand alone.
Cowgirl Trail is about a young cowgirl named Maggie Porter and the foreman of her and her father's ranch, Alex Bright*. Maggie and Alex have been in love with each other since they met but both of them think the other one hates them, so they have never really talked about anything other than the ranch.
After Maggie's mother dies, the ranch starts going bankrupt, but Mr. Porter is too prideful to tell Maggie and takes out his anxiety on the ranch-hands, causing them to strike. On top of that, Maggie finds out that her father is dying from cancer and that he dreads leaving her a ranch with tons of debt and no workers, therefore adding to his stress.
Not wanting the cattle that the men left in holding pens to die of thirst, she rounds up a dozen or more women from her town to finish what the men started in the spring round-up. But she needs to figure out how to take them all the way to Fort Worth so she can sell them. With a herd of 1600 cattle, Maggie only has a dozen women willing to help her take these cattle on the trail that can last up to a month. But Alex and the men are mad because they were replaced by a bunch of girls in skirts, and the girls are actually handling the ranch as good as they were!
Will Maggie and her band of cowgirls be able to make it to the stockyards before the prices are too low or will a group of outlaws succeed in stampeding their herd so they loose more than they sell?
* Even though neither of the main characters name is Morgan, Alex's mother is Billy Morgan and her story is book 2, Captive Trail, so Alex is the Morgan is this book!
I enjoyed reading this book, although it was pretty emotional with all the stuff her dad was keeping from her. It did have a good amount of action to match with the emotion, and also a bit of humor. Even though I liked this book, I probably won't be reading it again any time soon, just because it didn't hold my attention as long as I had anticipated.
Just a side note, from all the comments I have been reading, I have noticed that the order of these books have been kind of hard to figure out, so I am going to list the order of the books here: