Whether you’re 16 or 61, you’ll enjoy this sweet historical romance set in Colorado Territory.
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Falling for the Cowgirl (Cowboys of Colorado Book 4)
By Jody Hedlund, Bethany House Publishers, October 11, 2022, 352 pages. 16+
As the baby in a family of four brothers, Ivy McQuaid has grown up mostly motherless. Her father died when Ivy was young, and her mother remarried to save the family farm. Ivy felt her mother abandoned her to serve the whims of a violent new husband. After her mother’s death, the McQuaid siblings made their way to Colorado. On the trip west, Ivy and her brother Dylan spent hours with Jericho Bliss.
Once she settled in Colorado, Ivy moved from one brother’s house to the next as space and need demanded. Ivy longs for a place of her own. She embraces everything about ranch life and soon becomes a skilled cowhand. She also falls in love with Jericho.
Ivy concocts a plan to earn money and buy a plot of land where she can raise sheep and prove to her big brothers she has what it takes to make a way for herself. But while Ivy can rope a calf faster than any cowboy on the range, she can’t seem to attract the only man she’s ever admired.
Jericho Bliss returns to Colorado as an undercover Pinkerton agent looking for an outlaw of the worst kind. A man who thinks nothing of torturing his victims while disguising himself as a law-abiding citizen.
Jericho concocts a cover story about wanting to settle near Fair Play and buy ranch land. He doesn’t realize Ivy wants the same place. Jericho must maintain his cover or risk endangering innocents—regardless of Ivy’s wishes. He hopes Ivy has grown out of her girlhood crush on him because it would distract him from his job.
It’s clear from the start Ivy’s feelings haven’t changed, and Jericho struggles to avoid his growing feelings for her while avoiding her overprotective brothers and ferreting out a sly criminal.
Why I Loved This Book
Hedlund pens another fun installment in the Colorado Cowboys series. Readers can enjoy Falling for the Cowgirl as a standalone novel or, better yet, read the entire series about the McQuaid siblings. Sweet romance, intrigue, and danger keep the reader turning pages. Ivy struggles to understand her place in the family of God when she grew up in a dysfunctional home. Jericho struggles to forgive himself for the death of his brother. The characters live their faith and struggle the same way readers do.
Everyone from YA readers to grannies will enjoy this sweet historical romance.