Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Heart of a Cowboy (Colorado Cowboys, #2) by Jody Hedlund


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.



 About The Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

 My Review

Jody Hedlund does not disappoint with this new read, set on the Santa Fe Trail, we are headed west bound, with a different group of people than the usual Western travelers!

The author has paired up scientists with cowboys bringing a herd of long horns to Colorado, along with a group of scientists studying the plants that grow in this country. We are along for the journey, and what a journey we experience!

We are given a young woman whom is trying to prove herself in a man's world, and a young man fulfilling a promise to his mother. There is danger with renegade confederates, this is Civil War Time, sabotage, and throw in a bit of sweet romance.

This quickly became a page turner for me, I needed answers, and in the end I wanted more!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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