Return of the Stardust Cowgirl

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“It’s sticking around when things get tough that you find out what somebody’s worth. But I guess you already know that.”

So says Lucy Hatch to her stepdaughter, Denny, who has run away from her fledgling music career in Nashville to escape marriage troubles. Now back home in Texas, Denny learns that leaving her past behind won’t be so simple: she’s pregnant. Lucy is also at a turning point. The flower shop where she’s worked for years is closing, and her husband, Ash Farrell, is finding that living one day at a time...

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“It’s sticking around when things get tough that you find out what somebody’s worth. But I guess you already know that.”

So says Lucy Hatch to her stepdaughter, Denny, who has run away from her fledgling music career in Nashville to escape marriage troubles. Now back home in Texas, Denny learns that leaving her past behind won’t be so simple: she’s pregnant. Lucy is also at a turning point. The flower shop where she’s worked for years is closing, and her husband, Ash Farrell, is finding that living one day at a time is harder than he thought it would be. Everything used to stay the same in the little town of Mooney; now big changes are in the air—and everyone has to shift their plans to embrace the future. As Denny stops running and finally faces the music, Lucy works to regain her own footing by helping the man she loves find his.

Heartwarming, funny, and distinctly Southern, Return of the Stardust Cowgirl explores the joys and sorrows of life in a small town, the complexity of love, and the bonds that we share only with family.

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The fourth installment in Moyer's marvelous Lucy Hatch series (after Heartbreak Town) is as refreshing as an icy cold Coke on a hot afternoon in northeast Texas. The fortunes of cowgirl Lucy Hatch have been up and down since her husband, singer/songwriter Ash Farrell, lost his recording contract and hightailed it home to Mooney, Tex. (pop. 990), to reunite with Lucy and son Jude. Not that Lucy doesn't appreciate his renewed commitment (and his handyman abilities), but she knows he has plenty of problems, and his creative block isn't helping things, nor is the fact that Lucy's job at a flower shop is in peril. Also complicating matters is the whirlwind arrival of Lucy's pregnant stepdaughter, Denny Culpepper, a rising country star who caught her husband cheating on her. Lucy and Denny realize their lives are falling apart, and pulling together means accepting change and, sometimes, making hard decisions. Austinite Moyer captures smalltown Texas life with a sure touch, offering insights about how families survive. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307351555
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Lucy Hatch Novels Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

MARSHA MOYER is the author of The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch, The Last of the Honky-Tonk Angels, and Heartbreak Town. She lives in Austin, Texas. Visit her website at www.marshamoyer.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    no depth to it

    Moyer's first book is one of my favorite books Lucy and Ash, Bailey and Geneva, and Dove were just wondefully constructed. I purchased the two sequels, and found the second good, the third tolerable. I was hoping that the fourth and final installment would equal the first book-it didn't. There was no real story here. The flower shop closes, no big story line there. Will comes and goes, no big story there. Bailey, Geneva,and Dove are mentioned so seldom in the book, and even then, are not given the time they deserve. Even Ash seems one-dimensional. Eramus is given more time in the book than Ash! It would have been nice to see Ash one more time at the Saturday Night Round Up. Denny goes there one night,and leaves within a few sentences. A major letdown. The book is wrapped up all nice and neat with a predictable bow. The ending of the book with Ash and Lucy on an airplane is disappointing, it would have more satisfying to see them at home with their extended family. Book was boring, no character development, no real plot, just really dull.Most of the book was spent listening to Denny and Erasmus and going to see Ash's mother. I guess the old saying is true, sequels are always a disappointment.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    wonderful look at family life in small-town Texas

    In northeast Texas, cowgirl Lucy Hatch worries about their future since the recording contract of her on the road husband Ash Farrell was ended. Despondent, Ash returned to Mooney to move back in with his wife and their son Jude. --- Lucy has mixed feelings about Ash staying home. On the one hand he is very handy at fixing things on the other he has issues starting with his songwriter¿s block. She also worries that she will soon be unemployed as Peggy Thaney, owner of Faye¿s Flowers, is retiring and closing the florist shop that Lucy works at. However the biggest problem besides Ash¿s renewed vow to his family is the arrival of her stepdaughter rising country western star Denny Culpepper, who left her cheating husband Will and his Nashville Cats although she carries his offspring. --- Rotating perspective between Lucy and Denny, readers see deep into the Texas roots of both beleaguered, bewildered women as each feels their life is being nuked by outside forces causing unwanted changes and in turn forcing them to make decisions neither wants to make. The pair actually bond helping each other with coping. Fans will appreciate Marsha Moyer¿s wonderful look at family life in small-town rural Texas in her latest Lucy Hatch tale (see THE SECOND COMING OF LUCY HATCH, THE LAST OF THE HONKY-TONK ANGELS, and HEARTBREAK TOWN). --- Harriet Klausner

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