Jody HedlundBethany House / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.994.5 out of 5 stars for The Heart of a Cowboy #2. View reviews of this product. 23 Reviews
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PollymissouriAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Cowboy AdventureOctober 19, 2021PollymissouriAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In book two of Colorado Cowboys, we see Flynn McQuaid driving a herd of cattle for his brother from Independence, Missouri to a ranch in Fairplay, Colorado. Along the way he comes on a group of scientists who are cataloging plants for the Smithsonian. Among them are botanists Linnea, a young widow, and her grandfather, Dr. Howell. After rescuing Linnea, Flynn agrees to act as a bodyguard and the two groups join for the rest of the journey. Flynn: *When he agreed to guard her, he never bargained on having to guard his heart.* As much as they try to keep things businesslike, Flynn and Linnea are drawn to each other. Linnea loves plants. They point her to a God of creation, a God who cares for her. *Whenever she considered Gods exquisite design of something so small as a blade of grass or the petal of a flower, she was always able to put her life in better perspective.*
Lots of realism, adventure and danger on the Sante Fe Trail. A realism that included fighting an attraction, dealing with fears and ultimately relying on God for their care. They learned a lesson on reconciliation and forgiveness.
Ms. Hedlund proves to be a very versatile author. I am looking forward to the third book and Brodys story.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5UniqueOctober 19, 2021JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This story was a lot of fun to read. I could picture being in an unknown land and taking in all of the different vegetation. Being in awe of how climates can vary so much from place to place. I enjoyed seeing the world that way through Linnea's eyes. I loved how smart she was, and I could understand getting lost in your own world like she does. Flynn is a natural hero, and he can't help but jump in to save a damsel in distress. Being a parental figure to his younger brother and sister, he's used to paying attention to his surroundings. Little did he know, that could get him into his own kind of trouble. Falling in love is not on his to do list, it's actually on his don't do list. Can Linnea reach past his walls and help him see that love is not a thing to fear, but to cherish?
This book had many twists and turns I didn't see coming. It was fun playing a little detective while trying to figure out some of the things that were happening in this story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun Read!October 16, 2021Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have been looking forward to Flynn's story since meeting the McQuaid family in the first book in this earlier this year. This was a fun and exciting read as it has mystery, romance, and an exciting journey all within the book's pages. I really liked Linnea, she was such a fun and unusual character and brought a lot to the story. I enjoyed this story and I can't wait for the next McQuaid family book!
I received this book for review and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
FayeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ChemistryOctober 15, 2021FayeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Two hearts that swore never to marry, find their convictions challenged on the trail to Colorado.
Flynn has been mother and father to his younger siblings, shouldering the responsibilities of a family, and more than his share of the blame. Linnea, recently widowed, is fighting to prove her worth as a botanist in her own right, apart from her late husband and grandfather's shadows.
An engaging romance, set against the backdrop of the treacherous trail to Colorado, fraught with danger and Confederate Irregulars. Linnea is a modern woman for her time, with a passion for plants and sciences. I liked how she takes Flynn's sister Ivy, under her wing, teaching her about being a young woman. Ivy spunky and full of sass, she says things as she sees them sometimes to the embarrassment of others, easily one of my favorite people in the story!
Flynn has spent his life trying to protect his family, first from the fists of his step-father, then fields of battle, and now delivering a herd of cattle to his brother Wyatt in Colorado. After reading the last book in the series, I wasn't sure how any of the other McQuaid brothers could measure up to Wyatt, but Flynn easily won me over with his strong protective instincts, and big heart.
Overall, a fantastic, sizzling with chemistry, and roaring with action, addition to the series, I loved seeing both new and familiar faces in the pages of this book. Especially since Judd was my favorite from the previous book. A engrossing read, with characters that you can cheer for throughout, with an inspiring message of faith and overcoming the past. Definitely recommend for fans of western romance! I can't wait to read Brody's story!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Taking the trail westOctober 13, 2021An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Given my love for botany, it was exciting to have a heroine who is a botanist cataloging the flora of the Great Plains and Rockies. It would have been nice if she hadn't spent the book worrying about proving her worth (the trope of a woman proving her worth in a man's profession gets a little old), but it wasn't unrealistic. I always enjoy learning something new, and this time I learned about all the renegade bands of confederate soldiers harassing the trail all the way to Denver--I hadn't realized the Civil War spilled over that far west.
With the journey on the Santa Fe Trail, it reminded me of the author's earlier work (and my favorite of hers), The Doctor's Lady. They feature different routes west and different time periods, but there's a lot of similar hardship along the trail (and, funnily enough, problems the direct opposite of each other). For me, this one didn't have the emotional punch that loved in The Doctor's Lady, but I enjoyed it. This one was very heavy on the romance.
Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.