The Cowgirl Rides Away, Amie Stuart

 

 

The Cowgirl Rides Away, Amie Stuart
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
I’ve mixed feelings about this book. Its a well written story but the characters…well, at first I really liked them, but towards the end I felt they were just odd in how they acted, and there things they said and did that really irritated me and didn’t feel right. Still, that’s part of the story I guess, but I’d rather the drama was given a different outlet.
Jessie, gosh I felt for her. Step mum clearly doesn’t like her and her dad..well, she’s always trying to win his attention, make him proud, but he treats her with a kind of indifference. When she’s badly injured at the latest rodeo, to the point of almost dying, I was shocked when they just left her in hospital and went home. They didn’t contact her or the hospital later, and it was only her brother Jace and good friend Kane that stayed. I felt so so sorry for her, she must have been devastated, especially as its clear that the five times champion now has to give up that life. She’s web browsing while still recuperating in hospital when she sees Zack’s advert.
Zack is another person I felt sorry for. It’s clear his family have a troubled relationship, and his mother is still upset that he brought home baby Travis, and hasn’t mellowed over the next few years. She really is an awful, judgemental person and even the revelations at the end couldn’t make me sympathetic to her. To me she’s embodies all the things I hate about religion and churches, the small-mindedness of them. Still, her family seems to stay close and work on the ranch, near the small town where everyone knows everything. That’s why Zack is looking to the Net for a woman, he knows all the ones locally and just isn’t attracted to any of them. He wants someone for life, someone to make a happy home with in the “old” way, and can’t see anyone in his town that will fit. He seemed such a nice man, and was great with his son. When he finally met Jessie things were a little stilted at times, but then they seemed to get past that and be getting on well. At this point I was invested in the story but did feel it dragged at times. There wasn’t really much of interest for me happening. Then things start to go wrong – I was so shocked at Jessie. I felt she was way out of line in what she said and what she did, given that this was the first time she’d met Zack’s family. She really went down in my eyes, and I felt she was just plain rude. Then there’s Zack’s reaction and he let me down too. He’s brought her here, he knows she won’t be popular with his mother and those like her, and yet does he stand up for her? No…just lets it all pass. It meant that I really felt ambivalent at the prospect of them getting back together, and the drama that played out then lost its effect for me.
Stars: Three, its a decent story, and for those following the series I’m sure it’ll be very popular. For me though its was an ok read only and not one I’d read again.
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ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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