Thursday, July 7, 2011
A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter
Synopsis from the Publisher: Abigail is just in Moose Creek, Montana for the summer to temporarily care for her great aunt. But a tender-hearted cowboy beckons her to stay.
Abigail Jones intends to spend just one summer in middle-of-nowhere Montana with her Aunt Lucy. Time away from her job is just what Abigail needs to reassess her life. The slow pace has her breathing deeply for the first time in years. And the majestic scenery encourages her to get reacquainted with herself . . . and God.
What she didn't count on was the handsome widowed cowboy who owns the ranch where her aunt lives. When the rancher loses his daughter's nanny, Abigail decides to lend a hand for the summer.
Wade Ryan can't help being attracted to Abigail. But he's given up everything to protect his daughter, and he's not about to risk it all on a pretty face.
Under Abigail's care, Wade's home and daughter thrive. And with Wade's touch, Abigail's heart feels at home at last. But Abigail knows this elusive rancher is hiding something. Will her own secrets separate her from the cowboy who finally captured her heart?
Review: After reading The Inconvenient Groom by Denise Hunter a few months ago, I was anticipating the release of A Cowboy's Touch, the first in her new "Big Sky" series. My expectations for a light and enjoyable read were fulfilled, and I even surprised myself by reading the novel in practically one sitting!
The plot of A Cowboy's Touch moves along at a steady pace, and in many ways it reminded me of a Hallmark movie. While Wade has a past that threatens their relationship, Abigail has secrets of her own. I was very sympathetic to Wade and his daughter Maddy; and at times, I became very exasperated by Abigail's actions. But any great story needs to have its share of tension and characters who make their share of mistakes. Ultimately, it is is a story of forgiveness and finding new beginnings.
I look forward to Denise Hunter's next novel in this series, The Accidental Bride, which is scheduled to be released in January 2012.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley, courtesy of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”