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Posted September 29, 2012
“Cowboy” is a story of triumph over tragedy. Having lost her husband in a tragic accident, Beth found herself on the brink of suicide, when her suicide attempt was interrupted by a maid. Now several years later she sees someone (Timothy Ashton Raines) who appears to be in the midst of despair so she reaches out in compassion. Timothy just happens to be a country music superstar who has recently lost his wife and reason to live. Beth only knows Timothy as a hurting person and they forge a relationship via telephone. When Beth finds out that Timothy is really the superstar Ashton Raines can they bridge the enormous gap between their lifestyles? Staci Stallings has once again created a suspenseful and beautiful love story. As is characteristic of her writing, an important aspect of the story involves the main character returning to a relationship with God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This story has all the elements to keep a reader intrigued and connected--romance, a great message, tough decisions. Very good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2012
Posted April 26, 2012
What a great book. Loved the charactors. Mostly the "George Strait" look alike male singer charactor. Loved the way prayer was included in all decisions..even though they are both terribly human, not perfect. Just believers in God working in their lives. Just loved the whol book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2012
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Posted January 14, 2012
Ms. Stallings drew together an emotional romance and a moving story of new found faith. I enjoyed getting a peek into the world of country music. Her lyrics and song titles seemed so natural, I could easily believe the Ashton Raines was a real person.
The author used a unique voice in sharing the story. The characters shifted back and forth between their points of view very quickly. At first it distracted me, but I found I enjoyed seeing the same event through different eyes. She wrote in an unconstrained style that, though it broke "rules," displayed great writing ability.
The middle of the story existed in short phone calls exchanged with a perfect stranger, but I didn't find them tedious. In fact, I waited for the phone to ring with the same anticipation that Beth, the main character, displayed. And when the stranger's identity became known to her, I struggled with the hero and his frustrating position. This wonderful story transports Cinderella to the modern era, graced with lime-lights and a two-stepping rhythm. I couldn’t put the darn book down!
Posted September 17, 2011
Cowboy, by Staci Stallings is an amazing story by a fabulous author. I would tell you about, Cowboy, but the other reviewers have done that. So, what I will say is. grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallow cream, a large bowl of buttered popcorn, a soft fleece blanket, and get ready to settle down for quite some time. I've read probably 20 novels by this author, and after each poetic one I say this one is my favorite. Yet, I've asked myself how could that be. Well, I finally quit asking and figured out that that's okay because I love all of them. And you will too. However, Cowboy, along with Staci Stalling's other stories should come with a caution sign that says: Warning. Once you start reading you won't get anything else done and you won't be able to put it down. So, consider yourself warned. *smiling*Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2011
Posted September 16, 2011
I'm reading Cowboy for the fifth or sixth time now. It's a wonderful romance novel, full of everything to make a girl's heart beat that little bit faster. A handsome but distraught cowboy, a down-trodden, hard-working widow trying to raise her gorgeous daughter, and of course the little girl herself.
As a fan of country music, I could picture the hero perfectly and the white cowboy hat was a bonus. After all, the good guys always wear a white hat. :)
This book is not only well written, but has a compelling story line too. It's definitely not one of the many cookie-cutter romances that seem to fill book stores shelves, but rather a love story that will tug at your heart and have a special place on your own book shelf.
Brilliant story, and Staci Stallings is to be congratulated on writing a great book.
Posted January 29, 2009
Cowboy. Wow! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a single mom, working your tail off to make ends me,and then in walks Garth Brooks into your dumpy little restaurant on a slow, rainy night? He's dressed casually and he asks you for a simple cup of coffee...but he needs a whole lot more. He's down in the dumps and feels like nothing will make him want to keep on living. Since you're not a fan of country music and your job as a waitress and parenting your five-year-old is your entire life, you don't recognize him. Okay, well maybe not someone as famous as Garth, but hey, I don't know what most of the country superstars look like so it's possible. :) Anyway, you don't recognize him and the guy is so depressed he throws caution to the wind and shares his heart with you, but he gives you his real name because he's sick of the superstar treatment. You connect on a deep level. One that's from the heart because you're not star-struck by him...Remember, you don't realize he's famous. Then he asks for your phone number so you can keep in touch and as a sister in Christ you give it to him because you really do want to minister to the guy. You feel his pain. You've experienced the same loss when your spouse died. Well he starts calling you and you strike up a pretty profound friendship based on mutual respect and the human need to be valued for who you really are, not what people see you as on the outside (a famous singer or waitress.) Your friendship deepens and he sees his need for God, but resists like most people do at first. Are you with me yet? Okay, the waitress is Charlize Theron and the singer is Garth Brooks. I can SO see this as a movie it gives me the goose bumps. Staci's novel Cowboy had me SO captivated that I read it every chance I got. I cared so much about the characters that I hated for the story to end. The pacing was excellent, and Staci does something neat that you don't see often in books. She sometimes changes points of view on a frequent basis, but the breaks are obvious when the view changes, so it's not head hopping. I found that technique highly effective in her story. It literally swept me away. As far as romance themes go, it was one of the strongest I've read. My heart ached and I longed for them to be together, to make it work. And the singer's relationship with the waitresses' daughter will bring tears to your eyes. It did mine. This was the most fabulous Cinderella type story I've ever read and it was totally unique. Nothing stereotypical or cliche whatsoever. Did I mention this story was fabulous? You're probably thinking I like everything. NOT so. In fact, I read a lot of books you never see my post because I can't rave about them. This story I was obsessed with. Truly. And the honesty in their relationship when it came to physical attraction and temptation was refreshingly real. They were both married before and lost their spouses. Of COURSE they would be tempted. The author showed this with tact, but real emotion and I felt like I was right there with them. I can see this book as a best seller if the right publishing house would pick it up. The author's ability to make you care about the characters is right up there with Lori Wick (in my mind anyway.) So, that said...if you don't read Cowboy you are truly missing out on one of the most gripping contemporary romances I've read in the past three years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2006
Home on the range or around the town, Cowboy by Staci Stallings is an intense and moving novel about a man and a women who find themselves in an improbable relationship with nearly impossible odds to beat. There's Beth McCasland, a waitress down on her luck, and Timothy Ashton Raines, a famous country singer at the top of his game and at the end of his rope. They meet when Timothy stumbles into Beth's diner looking to drown his sorrows in a cup of coffee, but gets an unexpected serving of compassion on the side. Feeling safe in his anonymity, Timothy pours out his heart to Beth, and she shows simple kindness in return. He is moved by her generous spirit even in the midst of her obvious poverty. Though they meet face to face only briefly, they continue to keep in touch through late-night phone calls. Worlds apart in many ways, their need for connection draws them into a closeness neither has experienced in ages. It some ways it's a reverse romance: though the `Cinderella' of Cowboy does struggle daily to make ends meet waiting tables at a rundown diner at the edge of town, and her Prince Charming comes riding into town not on a white horse but on a tour bus. Yet circumstances do not dictate character the one who has nothing ends up rescuing the has-it-all from his spiraling depression. Timothy begins to recover under Beth's kind ministrations. Her compassion teaches a world-weary cowboy the reality of God's love and encourages him to seek God on his own. And in the end, it is Timothy's faith and perseverance that allows the two of them to finally come together. From beginning to end, Cowboy is a truly inspiring novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2012
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Posted April 30, 2012
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