Hi Readers, It’s finally October!
I cannot wait to show you my latest “Must Read” to add to your TBR piles and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did! So, without further ado, let’s take a trip down the dangerous Santa FeTrail in the year 1863 – Let’s go!
The Bookish Details
Book: The Heart of a Cowboy
Series: Colorado Cowboys Book #2
Author: Jody Hedlund
Genre: Historical Christian
Release date: October 5th 2021
From The Back Cover
When he agreed to guard her, he never bargained on having to guard his heart.
Brilliant scientist Linnea Newberry is on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling the Santa Fe Trail with her grandfather, Dr. Howell, on a botanical expedition to Colorado Territory. She longs to be valued for her contributions and not seen as a helpless liability. But at every calamity she faces, her grandfather threatens to send her home.
After watching his ma suffer and die in childbirth, Flynn McQuaid has sworn off women and marriage forever. Headed west to start a new life, he has his hands full not only taking care of his younger siblings but also delivering cattle to his older brother. He doesn’t need more complications.
When Flynn rescues Linnea from drowning during a river crossing, Dr. Howell promptly
hires Flynn–unbeknownst to Linnea–to act as her bodyguard for the rest of the trip. As
Flynn fights against the many dangers of the trail, he soon finds himself in the greatest danger of all–falling for a woman he’s determined not to love.
What Did I Think?
I love all of Jody Hedlund’s books and this book didn’t disappoint me at all! I especially loved all the details that she includes about the flora and fauna throughout the Santa Fe Trail. The main characters, Linnea and Flynn are so dynamic and relatable and I love how much they grow throughout the story; however, Flynn’s younger sister Ivy may have stolen the show as my favorite character in this book. I found myself laughing out loud at her hilarious commentary and I loved that she didn’t seem to have a filter (she was beyond outspoken). I also enjoyed reading about Linnea’s struggles and triumphs with being a female scientist during a time when only men worked in that field. I found myself rooting for her in multiple areas (her science and her relationship with Flynn) and it made the book incredibly hard to put down! I also loved the last chapter of the book, because it was the perfect ending to this sweet and heartwarming story For me, this story had everything – suspense, a dash of danger and of course romance and I would recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction.
About The Author
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over 30 historical novels for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards, including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Awards. Jody lives in Michigan with her husband, busy family, and five spoiled cats. She loves to imagine that she really can visit the past, although she’s yet to accomplish the feat, except via the many books she reads. Visit her at jodyhedlund.com.
**Also, you can connect with her on Facebook through her group, Jody Hedlund’s Reader Room – hope to see you there!
Thanks so much for joining me on this trip through the old Colorado Territory — I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! Let me know what you think about the book, cover, characters, or really anything!
>>Special thanks to Jody Hedlund, Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.