A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund

Book Summary:

Greta Nilsson’s trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.

Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He’ll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt’s ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.

My Thoughts:

I was so curious going in to this book if I would enjoy this western story! It’s not my typical cup of sarsaparilla. However I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the setting and tone of this book. Wyatt was the perfect heroic cowboy! Hardworking, protective, charming, and reliable! I loved him! I appreciated Greta’s hardworking and industrious spirit, however her internal fixation on being a burden to those around her became tedious. Astrid brought bits of humor to the story and I think most readers will find her charming. I had a hard time loving her character due to her constant disobedience and outspoken nature, but I think it was a personal preference. There were some sweet moments that I enjoyed between Wyatt and Greta and I loved how protective Wyatt was of his newly formed family. Judd’s character may have been my favorite. Such subtle humor, kindness, and wisdom! This book was a quick read and I found it entertaining.

*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, however I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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