A Cowboy of Convenience

A Cowboy of Convenience

by Stacy Henrie

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A Cowboy of Convenience 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A Cowboy Of Convenience Is a story of trust, love, hardship, parenting and Faith. It is a book that flows gently but fiercely throughout. The two main characters are very comfortable with each other and that is how they were able to make a marriage of convenience. Why do that? Because - - - well that is a serious reason you have got to find out. This story is delightful, elaborate, fabulously faithful to each other and mostly GOD. It isn't flashy or flamboyant quite the opposite. I love this series and I pray I get the opportunity to get the next one in the series. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com - I look forward to seeing you there
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
What a cute story & such a sweet romance! I’m a sucker for marriage-of-convenience stories – and cowboy stories – so A Cowboy of Convenience was right up my alley! We first meet West McCall and Vienna Howe in The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement, and their stories – especially Vienna’s captured my attention then even in the smaller secondary roles they played. So I was thrilled to find out that these two are the main characters in A Cowboy of Convenience – a couple of chronological years down the road from when the first story ended. I love how Vienna has really come into her own and embraced her inner strength even more since we last saw her – and her adorable little daughter Hattie! Oh goodness, she’s a cutie, stealing nearly every scene she’s in. West is the perfect blend of hero and friend – watching out for Vienna and Hattie but also giving Vienna room to save the day on her own a couple of times. As their tender friendship slowly grows into something deeper, be prepared to hold your breath during several almost-kisses and meaningful gazes. Bottom Line: If you love cowboys, marriages-of-convenience, friends-to-more and adorable little girls, then A Cowboy of Convenience should be a must-read for you! Henrie once again creates a story that is equal parts endearing and swoonworthy – with characters who quickly feel like friends. I’m sad to see this imprint closing, but i hope Henrie will bring us back to Sheridan at some point anyway – at least once more! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
There is a wonderful sense of anticipation throughout the book as we wait for West and Vienna to work up the courage to share their deepening feelings with each other. This is a lovely marriage of convenience story because they are already good friends with each other and have several years of built up trust behind them. They work together well as they build the neglected ranch into a dude ranch that wealthy easterners will pay good money to come visit and experience the western way of life. The conflict comes from their hesitation to risk their hearts to love again and the possibility of rejection if they share their feelings. As time goes by they have experiences, some frightening, that build a foundation of love that keeps growing stronger. I loved the setting and characters, especially cute Hattie and Vienna's friend Maggy from the previous book in the series. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed in this review are my own)
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy marriage of convenience stories, like I definitely do, then A Cowboy of Convenience is a sweet tale that you will want to pick up for yourself! It is the second book in the series. I had not read book one in the series, but was able to jump into this novel with the background information that the author provided in chapter one. A Cowboy of Convenience actually combines multiple things I love in its premise. Marriage of convenience stories are some of my favorites. However, another plot that I really like is the “friends fall in love” storyline. This book nicely combines both of these setups. Vienna and West were friends who decided to come together in an arrangement that would be mutually beneficial. The gentle way these two fell for each other was very sweet. I also loved the Wyoming setting! This was the first book that I have read by this author, but I look forward to reading more in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
A Cowboy of Convenience by Stacy Henrie My rating is 4.5 Stars Weston, aka West, has his demons to fight, namely his inability to see God as a caring Father who loves him unconditionally. His experience with his own father, who cut him off from the family, not allowing any contact, has colored his view of God, which happens so often. Author Stacy Henrie sends him on a touching journey of learning the truth about who God is. I loved the way that Vienna has grown from the last time we saw her in The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement. Even at the beginning of this story, she has gotten stronger and more confident. Despite this, she has still fears that she needs to overcome. West is so proud of the woman that Vienna has become and he desires to help her overcome her fears. Vienna’s daughter, Hattie, is too cute for words. I love that she has a doll named Hattie and wants to name a horse by her own name as well. West’s love for Hattie, and her love for “Daddy West” is so very sweet! A favorite scene in the book took place when Hattie was sick in bed. West gave puppet shows with socks on his hands to entertain her and made both Hattie and Vienna giggle. Be sure to see my review of the first book of this series, The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement This review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.net. You can get a preview of A Cowboy of Convenience at AmongTheReads.net I would like to thank Prism Book Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Vienna Howe has never really had a home of her own, especially after fleeing her abusive husband. She has achieved some sort of contentment working in the kitchen of a ranch where she lives with her little daughter Hattie, when news of her husband’s death upends her little world. She now has a decrepit ranch on her hands, and she cannot afford the repairs with the little money she had saved in hope of one day opening a café or a restaurant. West McCall has always wanted a dude ranch, and when he learns of Vienna’s predicament, he offers her a solution. They have been friends for a long time, so West proposes a marriage of convenience which would be beneficial to both of them: he makes his dream come true, and she finally can provide Hattie with a real home and a father figure because West is a good man. A COWBOY OF CONVENIENCE is an extraordinary love story between two real lonely hearts, and Stacy Henrie’s profound insight into the human psyche lifts this marriage of convenience trope to new heights. West and Vienna are both remarkable characters: Vienna, who throughout her life has been made to feel weak, is an incredibly strong and caring woman who doesn’t quite see herself that way. Her Faith in God has helped her survive, she has remained serene and hopeful against all odds, yet for her, it’s matter-of-fact. West, on the other hand, has a peculiar relationship with God and with people, which stems from his upbringing but also from what he perceives as disasters that were of his own making. Vienna had, in the past, hoped that West would propose, which never happened, and it’s all tied to how he sees himself in relation to God and others. To others, West seems a man determined to succeed on his own, but he is supremely insecure, and this is what stops him from admitting his feelings for Vienna. A COWBOY OF CONVENIENCE is a romance, and a very beautiful one, but it is the inspirational angle that made the strongest impression on me because West’s relationship with God is one I don’t believe I have ever read before, and what I thought would be his epiphany was not, but it was for me an unforgettable moment in the book and something that is as relevant today as it was in 1901, when the story takes place. West and Vienna have, in all truth, a cozy relationship apart from the fact that Vienna doesn’t know where she stands with West; he keeps giving mixed signals that even he cannot understand or accept. I find it remarkable that Ms. Henrie avoids every cliché known to this trope: no one is exasperatingly obstinate or annoying, there isn’t the usual push-and-pull; West’s struggle is real and only he can do something about it. West, Vienna, and even Hattie are all wonderfully developed characters, and West’s relationship with Hattie will melt many hearts. And of course, Stacy Henrie made me cry. Again. A COWBOY OF CONVENIENCE is a magnificent love story that kept me enthralled from beginning to end.