Sunday, January 31, 2021

Book Review: A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund

About the Book:

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.  But when old insecurities and surprising revelations arise, can a union born out of desperation survive?

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review:

I've been a fan of Jody Hedlund's novels for years now and was quite pleased to see her set a historical romance series in the Old West.  Because, who can resist a handsome cowboy?

Wyatt McQuaid, that handsome cowboy, was plagued with self-doubts, and taking a wife was not in his plans.  But when the mayor makes a deal that includes the beautiful Greta Nilsson, he can't resist.

Although Greta is smart, competent, and industrious, she always feels burdensome to others.  Wyatt and Greta needed to get past their perceived insufficiencies in order to truly commit to the other.

Threats of cattle rustlers, bandits, and illness made for a great read, with the action continuing until the very end.

Fans of the Old West, historical romance, and Jody Hedlund's books will all want to pick up this first book in the new Colorado Cowboys series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

Jody Hedlund is the author of over 20 novels and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy Award, Carol Award, and Christian Book Award. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, busy family, and five spoiled cats. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog. Learn more at

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