An Avon True Romance: Samantha and the Cowboy [NOOK Book]

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Samantha

When she manages to get herself hired for the cattle drive, all of Samantha's prayers seem to be answered. The hundred dollars she'll earn will pull her family's Texas farm out of ruin and pay off their debts. But keeping the cowhands fooled that she's a boy becomes harder than she'd expected where one cowboy in particular is concerned.

The Cowboy

Matthew Hart wants two things: to forget the tragedies...

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Overview

Samantha

When she manages to get herself hired for the cattle drive, all of Samantha's prayers seem to be answered. The hundred dollars she'll earn will pull her family's Texas farm out of ruin and pay off their debts. But keeping the cowhands fooled that she's a boy becomes harder than she'd expected where one cowboy in particular is concerned.

The Cowboy

Matthew Hart wants two things: to forget the tragedies he witnessed on the front lines of the War Between the States, and to reclaim his cowboy life. The last thing he wants is the responsibility of a tagalong youngster on the cattle drive. His closed mind and hardened heart are territory best left unexplored, until a fateful moment turns his world upside down.

Matt discovers what and who "Sam" really is, and he is furious. But soon a stronger emotion takes hold, and bound by Samantha's secret, Matt is torn between revealing her identity and his own sudden and frightening love for her.

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Editorial Reviews

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Samantha, desperate to help her family financially, passes herself off as a boy and signs up to move cattle from Texas to Kansas. Sam, never having done this before, is determined, courageous and bold enough to get the position. Matthew, whose father owns the cattle, but is not in charge of the hiring, takes a liking to Sam and not only gets her hired but mentors her along the way. Matt, an unusual 18-year-old, has survived the Civil War but it left an indelible mark on his memory, and he is determined to watch over Sam and keep her safe from harm. He does not realize that Samantha is a female. This is an enchanting story, and although the outcome is easily discerned, it still is a charming coming-of-age tale. Spending an afternoon involved in Sam and Matt's story will delight romance readers. (Editors' note: See the others in this series reviewed below; two more books in the series are also available: Margaret Moore's Gwyneth and the Thief and Meg Cabot's Nicola and the Viscount.) (An Avon True Romance) Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2002, HarperCollins, Avon, 250p.,
— Sherri Forgash Ginsberg; Chapel Hill, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061756191
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 114,500
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 778 KB

Meet the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. In 1990, she read a romance novel and not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's RITA®, a HOLT Medallion, and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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Chapter One

Faithful,
Texas1866

WANTED!
BOYS FOURTEEN AND OLDER TO HERD CATTLE
TO SEDALIA, MISSOURI.
WILL BE PAID $100 AT END OF DRIVE.
IF INTERESTED, SEE THE TRAIL BOSS AT 7 IN
THE MORNING OUTSIDE THE GENERAL STORE.

With her heart thundering, Samantha Reynolds read the notice that someone had tacked to the wall outside the general store. A hundred dollars seemed like a fortune. What she wouldn't give to be a boy, so she could have the opportunity to earn that money for her family!

At sixteen she could barely remember the last time that coins had jingled in her reticule. Mr. Thomas, the owner of the general store, allowed her family to buy on credit. He kept a tally of supplies purchased and debts owed. Samantha didn't want to consider how long their tally sheet was getting to be. It had been months since her mother had been able to hand any money over to Mr. Thomas.

p>At this very moment her older brother, Benjamin, was loading their most recent purchases into the wagon. At twenty, he was old enough to be hired for the cattle drive. But she knew it would be nearly impossible to convince him to go. Since he'd returned from the war that had devastated many of the southern states, he was reluctant to do anything that took him away from their farm.

Her sister Amy was fourteen, old enough. But just like Samantha, she wasn't a boy. Her younger brother, Nate, was only twelve. He wouldn't qualify.

Samantha thought about the bolt of blue calico she'd seen inside the store. She wanted to sew a new dress, but the material was expensive as all get-out at ten cents a yard. She was wasting her timelonging for it and hankering for any of the frippery and finery that the general store was slowly starting to stock, now that the war had ended.

Still, she did yearn for things. She wanted the life she'd had before the War against Northern Aggression,as most folks in these parts referred to it. She longed for people to start laughing again. Or if they couldn't laugh, at least to smile once in a while.

A hundred dollars wouldn't return life to the way it had been, but it would purchase several bolts of calico, canned goods to last through the winter, a new hoe, some chickens, a cow, and too many other things to count. She got dizzy with the possibilities swirling through her mind.

"I think we ought to have us a spring dance," the girl standing beside her on the boardwalk said.

Lost in thought, Samantha had almost forgotten Mary Margaret Anderson had been visiting with her. They'd been best friends forever. They'd sat beside each other in the one-room schoolhouse until they were fourteen and passed the exam that proclaimed they knew all that was to be taught. They'd shared confidences and dreams.

"We finally have some fiddle players in the area, and most of the boys learned to play a harmonica while they were away," Mary Margaret added.

"Do you even know how to dance?" Samantha asked distractedly, more interested in the notice than in dancing. If she stared at it long enough, maybe the words would change to include girls.

"For pity's sake, Samantha Jane, I could learn," Mary Margaret told her. "So could you."

"Why would I want to learn to dance?"

"Because we're growing up!" Mary Margaret pointed out.

Samantha knew she should be excited at the possibility of attending a dance, but she had very little interest in boys. She remembered a time when she'd raced against them, climbed trees with them, even on a few occasions wrestled with them, but that was years ago.

Before most of the boys in the area had run off to join the army as soon as they were old enough to beat a drum.

She'd matured into a young woman with no males around to speak of, except for those who were too old to fight and those too young to hold a weapon. She'd experienced no dances or Sunday picnics or peering coyly beneath her eyelashes at a young man across the classroom. The war had taken the young men from the classroom and placed them on the battlefields.

Although many had returned home, none had struck her fancy. Mary Margaret was constantly talking about boys. How handsome Jeremy was, or what pretty eyes Luke had.

If Samantha noticed boys at all, she noticed how strong they looked, mentally figuring how many acres of land they could plow in a clay. She certainly had no desire to have one stepping on her toes while they danced.

She didn't want to talk about the local boys or the possibility of a dance. She preferred to discuss ways to case her mother's burden, but once Mary Margaret turned her mind to a subject, she stuck with it.

"Do you think Benjamin would ask me to dance?" Mary Margaret asked.

Samantha snapped her gaze to Mary Margaret. She had her complete attention now. "Benjamin?"

She was surprised to see twin spots of red appear on Mary Margaret's cheeks.

"I think your brother is fine looking," Mary Margaret admitted.

"Do you fancy him?" Samantha asked. She'd never thought of her brother attracting any girl's attention — least of all Mary Margaret's.

"Of course I do. Not that it does me any good. I'm invisible, as far as he's concerned:' Frustration rippled through her voice.

"Benjamin isn't noticing much of anything these days," Samantha said kindly. Benjamin had returned from the war minus an arm. She didn't blame him for resenting his loss, but it did seem that his anger was hurting him more than anything else had. "He's still adjusting to coming home not quite whole."

"Lots of fellas lost limbs," Mary Margaret said....

An Avon True Romance: Samantha and the Cowboy. Copyright © by Lorraine Heath. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2009

    a fabulous book!

    i can honestly say that i normally hate romance novels. this one, however, i LOVED. it's fun and a great read, and i loved the historical accuracy. what i was REALLY impressed with, however, is lorraine heath's use of dialog and nicknames. its believable, because we (my friends, family, and I) talk just like the characters. we also use nicknames (like the characters Slim and Squirrel) that are very similar. i found samantha very easy to relate to, and admire her bravery on the cattle trails. i know from experience that men, women, and cattle dont mix without arguments! it's like the Amanda Bynes movie She's the Man with a classic, historical fiction twist!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    Extremely Romantic

    This is a WONDERFUL book. It is so much like my favorite book of all time which is probably why I liked it. Matt is determed to hate Samantha when he finds out she's a girl but he can't and ends up falling in love *sigh*

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Britta 9:50

    Hey.....I forgot to take my nook with me over the weekend......and I'm currently going through a very rough breakup.....so I might not be back for a few days...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Sierra 10:30

    Heyy sorry. I c't chat right now. I'll be busy tmr until around 5:00. Have a great night :) talk to you tomorrooow :P

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    I like westerns. Story kept my interest.

    A good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    This book was written for teens

    Good book for teens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Ehhh

    Pretty boring to me. The story was slow and it had no actual "hurray at the end" just "wow that's it".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great book!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!

    this was a superb book! i love historical fiction and romance and this had both! the romance was perfect cause there wasnt any bed scenes, but just enough for you to see the connection b/w the characters. i REALLY urge every one to read it! it is a book that you shouldn't miss!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    An Amazing Book

    When I first picked up this book I was not sure that I would like it. I am not a big fan of westerns and cowboys because my dad tortures me with western movies. But after reading this book...I love cowboys! This book was so wonderful. I read it in one day when I was supposed to be cleaning my room. Everyone should read this book...well everyone who loves romance. Don't be afraid to try it like I was!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    It might be me...

    It might just be me, but I didn't really like this book. I don't think I related with Samantha that much or something. Or maybe I just didn't like Matt. Either way, it is not my favorite in the Avon True Romance series (it's a tie between Anna and the Duke, Emily and the Scot).I couldn't believe this book was written by the same author as Amelia and the Outlaw, since that is my third favorite. Who knows? I maybe was just in a bad mood when I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    Samantha and the Cowboy

    This is a wonderful book. I love Matt's shock at finding out that the Sam, boy he convinced his boss to take along on the cattle drive is actually Samantha, a girl! Although at first Matt is furious, he finds himself falling for the stubborn, strong-willed girl who dressed as a boy to save her family. And Samantha, in turn, finds herself falling for Matt. This book is a little less tame than the other books (nothing X-rated!!). I like that in a romance novel, it makes it more intersting, yet not disgusting as some adult novels are. (Hint on this: the cowboys on the drive usually go skinny-dipping... because of course they are all men... or so they think!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    oustanding!!!

    I thought this book was excelent!!! I love how sam gets to enjoy skinny-dippin with the fellas. lol I thought this book was great. It's my fav.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2004

    This book is SOOOOOOOOO good.

    The book was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. I could not put it down until I was finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    Page Turner!

    I love this book! Everything about it, once you start reading you can't put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    Samantha and the Cowboy

    This book was actually the second True Romance that i read. I really liked how the author write the story. In order to helped her family out, Samantha pretented to be a boy to help out in a ranch for money. She fell in love with a cowboy and tried to resist because he will be mad when he found out she is a girl. The cowboy eventually found out Samantha is a girl...and at first he was furious but he started falling in love with her too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2003

    Rockin' Romance

    Great book! Just the right amounts of comedy and romance. One of my personal favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2003

    the best story ever!!

    this book will make you fall from you chair! it was the best story i've ever read. if you love romance i recommend this one 100% just read it. at the beggining you sort of doubt about it, but believe me, it deserves more that five stars. i read it three times in two days and i think to read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Way Cool

    This book is amazing I loved it .It is a page turner .

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