Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review of A Cowboy for Christmas by Kristen James

Missy came to her estranged brother, Ben's ranch after he was tragically killed in an accident.  She has had personal struggles in her own life with her former boss.  Brent, Ben's best friend and partner at the ranch, is still hurt by the accident and has been left before.  He is scared to be left yet again.  The two of them learn to trust again.

This story showed deep hurt by Missy and Brent and a lack of trust between both of them, almost causing their relationship to fall apart.  I liked the integration of the horses on the ranch to play a part in bringing them together, having their own personalities in the story.  I did think there were parts of the story that were not clearly resolved such as with one of the horses, Dancer, and his past relationship with Ben.  I also thought at times, the conflict was so strong that it became distracting and overbearing although it resolved itself at the end.

This is a good, quick read with an uplifting story of trust and resolution of past regrets and pain.  With little mention of Christmas until the end, it could easily be read at any time of year.

I would rate 3 1/2 of 5

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