Title: The Cowboy’s Lady
Author: Debbie Macomber
Series: The Manning Sisters #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 22nd – 23rd October 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: “Russ?”
“The only woman who interests me is you.”
Russ Palmer, rancher
When Taylor Manning accepts a teaching job in Cougar Point, Montana, she discovers that life there is very different from life in Seattle. So are the men! She soon notices a handsome, opinionated, stubborn rancher named Russ Palmer, and he notices her. In fact, they more than notice each other. And after a few months, Taylor’s certain of one thing. Despite their conflicting backgrounds, she’d love to be The Cowboy’s Lady.
This was a very sweet and relaxed romance. I bought it because I enjoyed Macomber’s novella Silver Bells and wanted to find out more about the Manning family. Starting with Taylor was definitely a good decision and I found that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was also a really nice and easy read, which I needed since I was recovering from being sick while reading this.
I did love that Taylor is definitely a feminist and argues for women’s rights. But she falls for a man who is most decidedly a chauvinist. At first I thought I was going to hate the dynamic and half expected Taylor to loose her sense of self in the new guy. But, this really didn’t happen and so I still got to have my happy feelings at the end of the novel.
As with most stories that have a teenager at the helm of the insanity… Mandy kind of stole the show for me. She is an absolute firecracker and I love how she goes toe to toe with her brother to assert her rights as a young woman. She also manages to cause problems and makeups between Taylor and russ. Which, of course just makes me all that much happier.
Having a male chauvinist as a lead made me think that I was REALLY not going to like Russ as a character. After all, these are the kind of people in my personal life that I absolutely avoid like the plague. But that really wasn’t the case. Somehow he drew me in, and even if I felt the need to smack him (metaphorically speaking), I still found myself really liking him and hoping for the best outcome. Which, after all, is exactly why I read romances.