Saturday, December 11, 2021

The Cowboy's Amish Haven by Pamela Desmond Wright: Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

 

The Cowboy's Amish Haven

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Cowboy's Amish Haven

Title: The Cowboy's Amish Haven
Author: Pamela Desmond Wright
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release DateAugust 24, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance 

Her home and her heart are on the line… 

On the same day Gail Schroder’s faced with losing her Amish family ranch, her old crush Levi Wyse shows up on her doorstep. He doesn’t know that when he left ten years ago he'd taken Gail’s heart with him. Now Levi’s her only hope of keeping a roof over her head. But can this cowboy teach Gail the ropes in time to save her home? 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

pamela desmond wright 

Pamela Desmond Wright grew up in a small, dusty Texas town. Like the Amish, Pamela is a fan of the simple life. Her childhood includes memories of the olden days; old-fashioned oil lamps, cooking over an authentic wood-burning stove and making popcorn over a crackling fire at her grandparent’s cabin. She also loves needlepoint and has dozens of projects to work on! Someday, she hopes to move into van life, living on the road as a traveling writer.

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My Thoughts

The Cowboy’s Amish Haven by Pamela Desmond Wright is a charming and unique Amish novel.  I thought the story was well-written with likeable characters.  I enjoyed the lovely descriptions of Texas.  The author brought the vistas alive with her word imagery.  The story moved along at a gentle pace that suited the book.  I liked that this was different from other Amish stories.  I thought the storylines were realistic.  Grief, stolen money, debt, and the struggle of running a ranch are explored.  I liked that Levi Wyse was a rodeo rider who traveled around the country from one rodeo to the next.  Levi pulls his trailer along that is the home to him and his adorable five years son, Seth.  I just loved Seth.  He added lightness and humor to the story as well as that “ahhh” factor.  We get to see the realities of ranching (branding the calves, the struggle with the weather) and of being a rodeo rider.  I thought the author captured it very well.  The faith element was nicely done.  It hit just the right mark for me.  There is tension in the story that will have you eager to see how things turn out for Gail, Levi, Seth, and the Schroder sisters.  I appreciated the epilogue which nicely wrapped up this book.  I hope we get a book for each of Gail’s sisters.  I would like to see how their stories play out.  This was the first book that I have read by Pamela Desmond Wright and I look forward to reading more of her stories. The Cowboy’s Amish Haven is a unique Amish tale with bucking broncos, filched funds, wild weather, a precious puppy, rough realities, a sweet son, and a rare romance.

Excerpt

Pulling back her shoulders and leveling her chin, Gail walked down the steps. Gravel crunched under her heels as she marched toward a white fence with a wrought iron gate that kept people from entering the property. Ezra Weaver dutifully followed.

Pasting a polite smile on her face, Gail peered through the bars. "Guder mariye," she said, out of habit using the language she'd been raised to speak.

The driver slid out of his truck. Tall and blond, he was dressed in jeans, boots and a plaid checkered work shirt with the sleeves rolled to the elbows. He looked like any cowboy roaming the open plains.

"Guder mariye," he returned, tipping the wide brim of his straw hat.

Her brows rose. His pronunciation was decent enough. "Can I help you?" she asked, switching to English.

The visitor shifted to get a better view through the gate. His gaze widened, as did his grin. "Gail? You sure grew up."

The fine hairs on the back of her neck rose. "Do I know you?"

The man took off his hat, giving her a better view of his face. A blond layer of stubble roughened his skin. "Well, I hope so."

Gail searched for recognition. His eyes were his most arresting feature. Irises the shade of an icy arctic lake sparkled. Wry amusement slanted his mouth.

Noticing her lag, he took a step closer. "It’s Levi," he prodded. "Levi Wyse."

Blood drained from her face. No. It couldn’t be. This man didn't look like the boy she remembered. A thin scar marred his right cheek, and the slightly crooked set of his nose indicated a break or two throughout his life. His skin was deeply tanned, and small lines etched the outer corners of his eyes. A few character lines touched his mouth and chin. His voice, too, was deep, but mellow.

An image she'd put away long ago flashed across her mind’s screen. When she'd last laid eyes on Levi, he'd had a huskier build and still wore his hair in the bowl cut favored by most Amish men. Now he had the lean and hard frame of a working man, and his hair was cut in the sleek combed-back style favored by most Texas cowboys. He'd replaced the clothes he'd once worn as one of the Plain folks with Western-style wear. Shedding his past, he'd gone English.

She blinked, quizzical. "Levi?" Saying his name felt odd. "Is that really you?"

He bobbed his head. "Gail? You look as pretty as I remember."

"It has been ten years," she said, brushing off his compliment. "People change."

He dropped his gaze. "I know I left without saying anything. I should have stayed in touch."

Launching a frown, Gail folded her arms. "That’s a poor way to say you’re sorry."

He toyed with the hat in his hand. "I guess I owe you all an apology."

She offered a tight nod. "You do."

When Levi ran away, she was on the cusp of fourteen. His departure had crushed her. He didn't know it, but he'd taken her heart with him.

Now he was back.

What did he want? 

The Cowboy's Amish Haven is available from Amazon*.  You can follow Pamela Desmond Wright on Amazon to receive email updates when she releases a new book.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway and leave a comment for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Thank you for joining me today.  I will be back on Monday with Pride, Prejudice, and Peril by Kate Oliver.  It is the first book in A Jane Austen Tea Society Mystery series.  How is everyone doing with the holiday decorating?  I have started on the inside.  I am glad that I do not have to put lights on the tree.  Of course, I still need to shape it before I can start putting on the ornament.  I keep hoping elves will come at night and complete some of the work for me.  I hope you day is a joyful one and your weekend is restful.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


Kris

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5 comments:

  1. Great review! I love Amish Fiction.

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  2. This sounds like an interesting and different approach to the usual Amish stories. We generally think of the Amish in terms of farming, not ranching. It will be interesting to see how this works out.

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