Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Cowboy's Touch: Book Review and Author Interview

About The Book:



Abigail is just in Moose Creek, Montana for the summer to temporarily care for her great aunt. But a tender-hearted cowboy beckons her to stay.

Abigail Jones intends to spend just one summer in middle-of-nowhere Montana with her Aunt Lucy. Time away from her job is just what Abigail needs to reassess her life. The slow pace has her breathing deeply for the first time in years. And the majestic scenery encourages her to get reacquainted with herself . . . and God.

What she didn't count on was the handsome widowed cowboy who owns the ranch where her aunt lives. When the rancher loses his daughter's nanny, Abigail decides to lend a hand for the summer.

Wade Ryan can't help being attracted to Abigail. But he's given up everything to protect his daughter, and he's not about to risk it all on a pretty face.

Under Abigail's care, Wade's home and daughter thrive. And with Wade's touch, Abigail's heart feels at home at last. But Abigail knows this elusive rancher is hiding something. Will her own secrets separate her from the cowboy who finally captured her heart?

About The Author:

Denise Hunter is the best-selling author of many novels, including The Convenient Groom and Driftwood Lane. She lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

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An Interview with Denise Hunter:

Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer? When did you first begin to write?

I've always been an avid reader, but I didn't start dreaming about writing a novel until I was in my early twenties. By then I was married and busy pursuing a degree. I put writing on the back burner until my grandfather became fatally ill. While I was visiting him in the hospital, I was struck by the brevity of life and felt God pressing on my heart to take the first step. I started my first novel a couple weeks later.  I had two small children by this time, so I wrote while they napped. I wrote my first four books that way. Even if you can only write a page a day, by the end of the year, you'll have a complete manuscript!

Q: Are you a small town or city girl? What inspired you to write a book about the life of a cowboy?

I'm a little of both.  We live in a country setting just outside the city. It's the best of both worlds. There's something very earthy and organic about a cowboy's life. I was drawn by the idea of living off the land. I think it takes us to a simpler time and place - even though the life of a cowboy is not necessarily simple. And Montana is such a beautiful state. I thought my readers might like to journey there with me through story.

Q: Can you tell us a little about what you have learned about the cowboy lifestyle while doing research for this book?

I learned a lot of fascinating details about the workings of a ranch: branding, breeding, cattle diseases, etc. But what I came away with is a great respect for cowboys and their families. Those who choose this way of life do it because they love it. It's not easy and it's not for the faint of heart.

Q: Abigail's title at her job is "the Truthseeker." What is the significance of this title, and what do you think a real truthseeker does?

I thought it would be interesting to write about a protagonist whose job was to seek the truth and have her find out that she was missing the real Truth the whole time. Since Jesus is the Truth, a real truthseeker follows Him.

Q: Forgiveness seems to be a recurring theme in your books. Why do you feel it is so important? Your main characters both dealt with forgiving their past mistakes. Do you think that it is just as important to forgive ourselves as it is to forgive the mistakes of others?

With Sin rampant in all of us, this is something we need to get good at! Eventually, someone's going to do something you struggle to forgive. I think this is partly because forgiveness is easily misunderstood. It's not saying that what they did is okay. It's saying that you're not going to hold it over them anymore. I do think it's just as important to forgive ourselves as it is to forgive others. Often times, it's even harder.

Q: Abigail and Wade both threw themselves into their work in order to escape their pasts. Do you believe it is easy to find an escape in work in order to hide from our problems?

No one likes to hurt, so I think the tendency is to avoid it however we can. Throwing ourselves into our work is certainly one way of doing so. But these things have a way of bubbling up to the surface eventually, no matter how hard we try to avoid them.

Q: What would you like your readers to take away after reading A Cowboy's Touch?

Abigail was essentially trying to work off her guilt. She thought if she could just keep exposing other peoples' wrongs, it would appease her own guilt. I'd like readers to see that only God can redeem us.

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Denise Hunter's most recent novel, A Cowboy's Touch. It was very easy to read, and I was able to read it in a day (thanks in part of a long weekend!). All the character's were well developed, with my favorites being the two main ones: Abigail and Wade. The book is a Women of Faith pick for 2011 and I can definitely see why: the faith journey that each character takes is well developed without being pushy and the gospel message is given throughout the book.

 I look forward to the second book in this "A Big Sky Romance", entitled, The Accidental Bride, which is set for release in January 2012 and will be featuring the character of "Shay" from this book. It will interesting to see how this character develops in the next book. Hunter has another book, Smitten, being released December 2011 and it is going to be co-written with Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck and Diann Hunt. Sounds like a fantastic combination of authors, and if you are a fan of any of these great authors, you will want to check out Smitten. I know I will be!

A Cowboy's Touch has just enough romance and adventure to keep you intrigued right until the very end of the book. You will not want to put it down! I also loved that it has a reader guide included, perfect for individual reflection and book club discussions.

A great read that I highly recommend!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter online through Thomas Nelson- it is also available through your favorite local bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***



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