About the Book
Author: Judy DuCharme
Genre: Christian fiction
Release date: 2016
Linney Merritt loves her life in the Florida scrub where she assists her Pa in raising and taking cattle to market. The new cowman, Cyrus John, appreciates the chance to start over. Marrying holds no interest for either, but they can’t help but be drawn to each other. And then, just before Christmas, they find themselves fighting together to save the life of a calf, all while discovering the One who can remove fears and provide forgiveness.
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I enjoyed this entertaining holiday novella. I liked being introduced to a totally new area of cattle ranching, the Florida scrub. That was a nice change from the usual cowboy stories in the west. We get a good sense of what it meant to drive the cattle to market with storms and wolves and birthing calves on the way. One thing they did not face was snow so the book cover is a misrepresentation.
There were several issues explored in the novella. One concerned the struggle anticipating marriage and children when your own mother died in childbirth. Another was letting past events prevent present happiness. There was a good dose of cowboy counseling included along with the healing power of trusting God for the future.
The characters were delightful, including the insightful cow hands. There is plenty of cowboy action and a touching romance. I recommend this entertaining and informative novella.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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Have you ever watched You Tube videos of cows giving birth? Well, I have. And that’s because Linney Merritt helped birth the calves in the late 1800s in mid-Florida. And that’s why she had no interest in giving birth herself. So when the new hand arrived, it turned her plans topsy-turvy, but she was not going to budge. With humor and tenacity, Linney and Cy learn to work together on her pa’s ranch and consider other possibilities.
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