"Opening heart and home to kids in need."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted May 13, 2018
Romance Contemporary | Romance Western
So, COWBOY BOLD is actually the first book in a new series
by one of my go to authors, Carolyn Brown. It is an
excellent introduction to a fascinating storyline about a
family owned ranch that developed a program that reaches
out to the community and does a remarkable good deed. The
Maguire brothers that own the Longhorn Canyon Ranch open
their doors and hearts to young teens that are in
questionable situations. What these kids have in common is
a need for some normalcy, love, respect, and fair rules.
Cade Maguire and his brothers consider themselves quite
fortunate. They love their lives on the ranch. They have
good people that work for them. They have a loving close
family and extended family. The Maguire brothers and the
folk on the Longhorn Canyon Ranch have joined forces to
help give a group of young boys and girls time on their
Retta Palmer is, at the moment, at odds at where she should
be in her life. Retta has just left behind all her youthful
memories with the death of her father and sale of their
family ranch. The ranch went to pay for her father's
medical expenses and Retta had to pack up and leave her
past life behind her.
Retta is on her way to Dallas returning to a bank position
she had left to care for her dad. Now she just needs a
place to be for the summer and the job as a bunk mother for
four girls fits the bill. As Retta points out, their job
for the three weeks is to teach these kids -- her girls and
the additional bunk of four boys -- to like the smell of
dirt and hard work. Many of these kids are wards of the
have family that take care of them, but for the most part
they are cared for under the auspices of a social worker.
Retta is not at all what Cade envisioned from her resume,
but then again you should never judge a book by its cover.
Cade is going to find out that there is a lot to learn
about Retta. She totally fits in. She is a natural with the
kids. For the first time in a very long time, Cade's
personal life may just be back in business.
It takes two to tango and neither Retta nor Cade are in
the position for a relationship. Retta is looking forward
to moving back to the city to the career she was trained
for. No doubt she loves ranch life, but she needs to follow
her plan. Cade isn't any more anxious to open his heart or
life, which was pretty much crushed by his fiancé.
So now we are looking at spending three weeks at the
Maguire ranch with eight great kids -- who admittedly didn't
start out that way. But in time these kids will grow on you
-- much as they do to everyone at the ranch. That seems to
be the usual outcome of this program. The kids come with a
chip on their shoulder and the ranch is just the right
place to knock that chip off.
The cast of characters in COWBOY BOLD do Carolyn Brown
proud. In her preface she talks about the inspiration for
the story and some of the characters. Those of us
diehard fans know Carolyn Brown has a deep storage of
characters and situations in her heart and soul. Once
again we get a peek at what she ferrets out. There are many
memorable moments in COWBOY BOLD. And those kids are
definitely scene stealers along with a large group of
strange pets. It appears that the Maguires have an
affinity for helping people and living things. Good people
doing good work. Makes for a great story.
With her sassy humor and sexy cowboys, USA
Today bestseller Carolyn Brown launches her new Longhorn
One city girl, one die-hard rancher, and eight
mischievous kids. What could go wrong?
Every summer Cade Maguire looks forward to opening his
Longhorn Canyon Ranch to underprivileged city kids. But this
year, he's having no luck finding a counselor for the
children-until Retta Palmer walks through his door.
Flat broke after selling everything she owns to pay her
father's medical bills, Retta is thrilled to hear of an
opening for a counselor position. She's not as thrilled
about the ranching part, or the sexy cowboy with beautiful
blue eyes who's her new boss.
After being left at the altar two years before by his
fiancée, Cade isn't sure he can take another heartbreak. And
Retta isn't even sure she wants to stay. But the sparks
between them are absolutely undeniable. And with a couple of
lovable kids and two elderly folks playing matchmaker, Cade
and Retta may find that the best way to heal is with each
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