Cowboy Charm School

Cowboy Charm School

by Margaret Brownley

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Overview

"A great story by a wonderful author." —DEBBIE MACOMBER, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, for Left at the Altar

When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding,
he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...
but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!


Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man.

STOP THAT WEDDING!

Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé's over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way.

What People Are Saying About Margaret Brownley:
"Delightful, humorous...packed with engaging characters, loads of action, several mysteries— all enough sizzle to satisfy her fans." —RT Book Reviews for A Match Made in Texas
"A sweet, touching love story." —Kirkus Reviews for Left at the Altar
"Lively and warm. A welcome addition to a sparse yet popular subgenre." —Booklist for Left at the Altar

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432861834
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 03/13/2019
Series: Haywire Brides Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 468
Sales rank: 1,267,188
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Margaret Brownley penned her first novel at age 11 and has been writing ever since. She's now a New York Times and CBA bestselling author and has penned thirty-five novels and a non-fiction book. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and make their home in Southern California.

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Cowboy Charm School 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 1 days ago
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CarolJo 9 months ago
Cowboy Charm School begins with a Texas Ranger stopping a wedding in the town of Haywire because he believes the groom is the person he is hunting! Oops! The former bride, Kate Denver, is fed up with her groom's jealousy and ends the engagement. Ranger Brett Tucker is a sweetie who feels bad for breaking up the wedding and works to get the couple back together. You will enjoy this humorous historical fiction by Margaret Brownley. I won my copy of the book in a giveaway by The Engrafted Word.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé's over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way. This was a quick and cute read that I really enjoyed. I liked both main characters a lot. I look forward to reading more from this author. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
RuthieJonesTX More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Charm School as a title for a Western Romance definitely conjures up some interesting images, but it fits the story perfectly. If you’re in the mood for some sugary-sweet romance with a hint of the Western Frontier lifestyle, complete with quirky characters, Wild West robberies, and a handsome Texas Ranger, you have certainly come to the right place. The author has crafted a unique story that will leave you laughing and falling in love with so many characters, including a dog that can’t seem to mend his naughty ways. Texas Ranger Brett Tucker crashes a wedding in the first chapter. What follows next is pure entertainment, with a hefty dose of romance, mystery, more candy than you can shake a stick at, and a hilarious yet charming scenario throughout the story that reminded me of Cyrano de Bergerac. Frank and Kate love each other because of a shared past, but are they in love? Is their crashed wedding a good thing or a bad thing? Does Brett Tucker really need to go to Kate’s candy shop so frequently? Why does Brett coach Frank on how to win Kate’s heart when she was already willing to marry him before Brett showed up? Will Kate ever master her uncle’s special candy recipe and get the clever designs in the center just right? Read Cowboy Charm School to find out the answers to all these questions and more, but don’t be surprised if you can’t put the book down, unless it’s to satisfy that sudden craving for some taffy, caramels, chocolate bonbons, and peppermint sticks. Margaret Brownley sets this delightful story in a town called Haywire, Texas, with inhabitants that will capture your heart and tickle your funny bone. That scene between Frank and Brett in the Feedbag Cafe still has me laughing out loud and will have you laughing as well, I’m sure of it. The author has a knack for setting the scene just so and writing great dialogue that will draw you in and make you think you are standing inside that candy store with those other townspeople watching Harvey demonstrate one of his outlandish inventions or maybe watching Frank battle his allergies to animals or curb his jealousy by whistling like a frantic tea kettle. This story is filled with so many of these great scenes that you won’t want it to end! In addition to the mystery of the robberies, the romance, and the funny scenes, Cowboy Charm School touches on an unfortunately timeless issue: bullying. Little Dusty just wants to be liked and invited to play baseball with the other boys, but he is picked on and left out instead. You will enjoy reading how Kate handles the situation brilliantly and diplomatically, all with a tray of special candy and a simple plan to redirect those boys’ focus from bullying to inclusion and friendship. I look forward to the next in the Haywire Brides series.
MaBiche More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! This is my first historical western romantic comedy and I had so much fun reading Cowboy Charm School. It's also my first book by Margaret Brownley, but will definitely not be the last. From the first scene at the chapel to the Happily-Ever-After Epilogue, this book thoroughly entertains. With engaging characters from the small town of Haywire coming to life in the pages of the book, Cowboy Charm School is just the thing we need to take our minds off the harsh realities of life even for just a few hours. Frank is a bumbling hoot, Aunt Letty is a lovable meddler, Dusty just makes you want to hug him, and Ringo is a star. The slow build-up of attraction between the hero Texas Ranger Brett Tucker and the heroine Kate Denver is as sweet as the candies she makes in her store. Kate is creative, kind, caring, and has a backbone of steel. Brett, with his earnest desire to seeing to Kate's safety and happiness even if it means letting her go, is the perfect hero during these times when women are hurting and needing the assurance that there are still a lot of good guys out there. He's why we read romance. Original story with loads of humor, delectable candy concoctions, a little bit of mystery, and a whole lotta love - Cowboy Charm School is a five-star read for me. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A great combination of romance, humor, history and even a little bit of a mystery! This is the first book I've read by this author but I've featured her books on my blog many times in the past. I wasn't aware of what I was missing until I read this book. Another book I just couldn't put down and wanted to know what was going to happen next for Kate. Was Frank Foster going to win her heart again or was it lost to Texas Ranger Brett Tucker? This is set in a small Texas town (heck I think they were all small back in the late 1800s) where Kate is running the family business, a candy store that also happens to sell dime novels, much to the horror of some town residents (they think the books are risque). The descriptions of her sweets were very tempting. I loved that she befriended a young boy that was being bullied and actually helped turn that situation around. When it comes to romance, Frank Foster has no idea how to woo a woman. Brett Tucker feels it is his obligation to teach Frank how to woo since he broke up their wedding. This reminded me a little bit of My Fair Lady and the basic story line. It is obvious that Frank has his work cut out for him especially since he is allergic to animals and Kate loves animals. I enjoyed the interaction between Brett and Frank and found it quite humorous. Plus Frank has this jealous streak a mile wide, that causes some issues for all involved. The mystery portion of this book is who was in the gang that kept robbing towns and how did they keep eluding law enforcement. I was quite surprised by the reveal when it was discovered but it made sense. However, before getting to that point a few people were in jeopardy because the outlaws thought they knew more than they really did, so of course they wanted to make sure the citizens didn't reveal their identity. This is one of my favorite lines in the book: "Heck, she hadn't just sneaked her way in; she'd practically burrowed a hole right through him all the way to his heart. And he had no right feeling this way."
RobinLovesReading More than 1 year ago
Brett Tucker is doing his darnedest to display altruistic behavior. Brett is a Texas Ranger and manages to interrupt a wedding as he has just caught his man, Frank Foster. However, it is the wrong Frank Foster! The wedding is nearly ruined and Brett approaches the bride to offer his apologies. The problem is, Frank, the groom, has an insane jealous streak and immediately chaos ensues and a fight breaks up. Bride-to-be Kate Denver has had enough of Frank and his jealous behavior and ultimate calls the wedding off. Brett feels incredibly bad. So, he is determined to do whatever it takes to bring this couple back together. I immediately thought of the Cyrano de Bergerac tale. Brett soon discovers that Frank is far from the romantic type as he begins coaching him. After all, he suggests to Brett that a tire jack would serve as the perfect make-up gift to Kate. Meanwhile, Brett is still looking for the criminal he tried to find at the outset and continues on in that endeavor as well. Brett soon discovers that a match should truly be made - and that perhaps he should be the man in Kate's life. What does Kate have to say about things? Determinedly she resists Frank's attempts at a reconciliation. Does her letting Frank go for good have anything to do with her growing feelings towards Brett? Cowboy Charm School is a warm and delightfully sweet love story. There was so much humor in this story. There were Frank's allergies, Brett's attempts and Kate's responses - and all of these made this quite the pleasurable read. I thoroughly loved the characters in this story, even Frank. The story takes place in Texas in the late 1800s and Kate was a candy maker, which I thought was an admirable profession for a woman to have during those days. She also was an animal lover, which I really enjoyed. This engaging story captured my heart and I was able to read it in one sitting. This is the first in the Haywire Bride series and I am looking forward to the next story. Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Charm School is a delightful read from start to finish. Ms. Brownley does an incredible job describing the action taking place throughout the novel. The opening scene grabbed my attention right away and set the tone for the entire book. I don’t want to ruin the scene for you, dear reader, but there is an interrupted wedding, a case of mistaken identity, a jealous groom, a fire, and a fist fight, all within the first 4 pages! Other great scenes include taffy pulling between the two main characters, Brett and Kate, and a scene where a calf is rescued from a precarious position. The taffy pulling scene reminded me of my childhood, making taffy with my family at Christmas every year (with a lot less flirty banter!); while the scene with the calf was just hilarious, physical comedy. In addition to some great scenes, I am smitten with the language in Cowboy Charm School. Kate uses “fudge” like a curse word. Brett explains how romancing a woman is similar to fishing. One passage I really love is Kate’s description of her courage as a child: her rough-and-tumble ways had been little more than bravado. She was like the sweet nougats her aunt made, with the hard crusts and soft centers. I seriously identify with that description of soft and sweet underneath the hard crust! I found myself chuckling on more than one occasion throughout the book due to the great word selection. The characters in Cowboy Charm School are well-developed and amusing. Kate attempts to re-create her uncle’s most challenging candy recipe result in more failures than successes. She also rescues animals and people in danger on a regular basis. The fortunes Kate writes for her customers at the candy shop are always spot on. Brett is the fearless Texas Ranger in Haywire to find the criminals. Brett is very clever, following the clues to the bad guys. He’s also a great foil to Kate, bantering back and forth, discussing multiple topics. The secondary characters round out the town. From Kate’s Aunt Letty, a force to be reckoned with, to the little kids who frequent her candy shop, Ms. Brownley does a fascinating job layering the different characters into the town of Haywire. If you are one of those readers always looking for the title drop, Cowboy Charm School does not disappoint. The title is a lot more obvious by the end of the novel. And I feel like I should have figured that clue out a lot sooner! If you like historical romance with some witty banter, a side of mystery, and great writing, I highly recommend Cowboy Charm School. I’m looking forward to reading more books set in the town of Haywire.
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
This charming historical romance is guaranteed to entertain you with a Texas-style retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac that takes place in the small Texas town of Haywire in 1885. With tongue-in-cheek humor the author weaves a delightful story filled with colorful characters including a bumbling Texas Ranger, Brett Tucker, who gathers clues he hopes will lead him to the outlaw who broke his sister’s heart. In the guise of helping Frank Foster woo reluctant bride Kate Denver whose wedding he disrupted, Brett finds himself torn between his honor and his growing feelings for businesswoman Kate. In Haywire, Kate and her Aunt Letty are the proprietors of a candy shop and learning about the art of candy making was my favorite part of this sweet story. The plot kept me guessing while the romance melted my heart and the candy satisfied my sweet tooth without the calories. What more could a reader ask for? I read an early copy of this book provided by Sourcebooks, Inc. through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
EverAfterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
What a cute read! I loved Brett! He is such a stand-up guy. He feels horrible for ruining Kate's wedding and is doing everything in his power to help her groom-to-be Frank win back Kate's favor. He plays Cyrano to Frank's Christian and it's sweet and SO romantic. Soon Brett realizes the words professed and the gifts he suggests are stemmed from his own feelings for the lovely Kate. The storyline had a nice flow, the characters were delightful and the mystery that brought Brett to Haywire is exciting! I’m not a big fan of historical romance but I really enjoyed the book. ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book provided via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own***
belllla More than 1 year ago
I don't usually like storylines that are so why in the past and this western-like is a first for me. I liked the blur and I was positively surprised and satisfied with the book. Texas ranger Brett is so eager to find a heavy criminal that he interrupts the wrong wedding by mistake. Because he wants to make amend he try to make up the bride and husband to be and in the meantime to find the criminals. In all the time of finding the criminals, Kate, unfortunately, bride catch his heart. But he doesn't see that Kate fall for him to, and leaves after the job is finished. I liked both Kate and Brett they are both likable and interesting. The storyline is strong from time to time funny, full of suspense and mystery in finding a criminal and had me kept on the edge until the criminals were found. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Charm School. new series "Haywire Brides" by Margaret Brownley set in 1885. Brett as a Texas Ranger trying to stop a wedding, a hilarious way to start a story. His busting into the church, ended the wedding and maybe even his career. It is no wonder why he hates wedding. Fate has other ideas, as he tries to correct his mistakes. The author always has stories that have a sense of humor in them, and this definitely does. Brett is getting in deeper the more time he spends in town. Readers will want to start this new series, and enjoy the laughs that come with it. Given ARC by Net Galley and Kensington for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492658340 (ISBN13: 9781492658344) Edition Language English Series Haywire Brides #1 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride! Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom―notorious criminal Frank Foster―is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man. STOP THAT WEDDING! Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé's over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding―for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way. My Thoughts The heart wants what the heart wants and to Bret Tucker's mortification, not to mention his guilty conscience, his wants Kate Denver. The young woman whose wedding to her childhood companion Frank Foster was irrevocably ruined when Brett burst into the church that day stopping the pair from getting married, at that time anyway. Now after a lot more thinking it over Kate comes to realize that maybe the accident on Brett's part was perhaps more fortuitous than not. Especially when she remembers all the times ex-fiancee Frank let the ugly green monster loose when any other man so much as glanced at Kate in passing. After all a lifetime of such behavior would be hard to live with, and that was just one of the things Kate had overlooked in favor of her suitor. The others were not quite as serious but still worrisome upon further reflection. Filled with a lot of interaction with the townspeople of Haywire Texas, when you read the parts describing it's setup the name will make sense, this book not only our heroine who is an innovative candy lady but one of the cutest little boys in town as well. The robberies that have brought Brett to town are given lots of page time but the relationships between Brett, Frank and Kate are explored are given plenty as well. This was a rousing start to the new series by author Margaret Brownley and look forward to what comes next in the town of Haywire! [EArc from Netgalley]
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492658340 (ISBN13: 9781492658344) Edition Language English Series Haywire Brides #1 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride! Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom―notorious criminal Frank Foster―is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man. STOP THAT WEDDING! Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé's over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding―for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way. My Thoughts The heart wants what the heart wants and to Bret Tucker's mortification, not to mention his guilty conscience, his wants Kate Denver. The young woman whose wedding to her childhood companion Frank Foster was irrevocably ruined when Brett burst into the church that day stopping the pair from getting married, at that time anyway. Now after a lot more thinking it over Kate comes to realize that maybe the accident on Brett's part was perhaps more fortuitous than not. Especially when she remembers all the times ex-fiancee Frank let the ugly green monster loose when any other man so much as glanced at Kate in passing. After all a lifetime of such behavior would be hard to live with, and that was just one of the things Kate had overlooked in favor of her suitor. The others were not quite as serious but still worrisome upon further reflection. Filled with a lot of interaction with the townspeople of Haywire Texas, when you read the parts describing it's setup the name will make sense, this book not only our heroine who is an innovative candy lady but one of the cutest little boys in town as well. The robberies that have brought Brett to town are given lots of page time but the relationships between Brett, Frank and Kate are explored are given plenty as well. This was a rousing start to the new series by author Margaret Brownley and look forward to what comes next in the town of Haywire! [EArc from Netgalley]
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
A fun story, but I miss the stronger faith element •:*:• o°• Kate Denver works in The Haywire Book and Sweet Shop in Haywire, TX. She came over on the Orphan Train as a little girl, along with the highly practical albeit often jealous Frank Foster. They’ve grown up together in the small town and are preparing to tie the knot when Texas Ranger Brett Tucker comes barreling into the church to stop the wedding, save the bride from future disaster and arrest Frank Foster once and for all. Unfortunately, he’s got the wrong Frank Foster which results in fists of jealousy flying, a biblical alfresco painting getting ruined and several people landing in jail, plus a bride who’s so disgusted by her green-eyed fiancé she’s called off the wedding for good!•:*:• o°• Brett is assigned to catch the Ghost Riders who have been wreaking havoc in this town and others nearby, so he makes it his mission to fix the problem he’s created for this couple and get them back together while resolving the crime problem. But, Frank Foster ‘Two’ is a bit dim and has no clue how to court a woman properly or control his jealous streak. It will take a lot of patience from Brett to help Frank become the man Kate deserves. However, every time Brett turns around, Kate is in a pickle that requires his help and draws him closer to her. In the end, Kate will have to make a choice and follow her heart, while avoiding danger at every turn. •:*:• o°• In her pink and white shop, Kate includes little handwritten just-for-fun fortunes in each bag of candy she sells: Leaving Town Would Be Good For Your Health / Life is like a cup of tea. It’s all in how you make it. / etc. •:*:• o°• I was surprised to read some phrases I don’t normally read from a known Christian author, but perhaps it has something to do with this book not being published by Thomas Nelson, but instead Sourcebooks – (purely speculation on my part) - “all hell broke loose” “he looked like hell” “I feel like crap” “Knowing that his obsessive thoughts were simply the stirrings of a lonely heart, he felt somewhat better. The annoying affliction had a cure; all he had to do was find a woman. Spend some time with her, and his problems would be solved. Easy as that!” “From the other side of the fence, she could hear Frank cuss.” “Oh, God Kate!” “He’d left her writhing in bed and swearing like a sailor…” “Good God, Letty.”•:*:• o°• Faith Quotes – there aren’t many, but here’s a couple: Ch. 14: “Since we weren’t lucky enough to have children of our own, we were convinced that you were a gift from heaven.” Ch. 24 She prayed now as she’d prayed all day. “Oh God, please keep Brett safe.”•:*:• o°• 3 stars - Overall a fun story, but I miss the stronger faith element that I am used to from this author. I would still recommend it to others with the above warnings for those who might appreciate them.•:*:• o°• Sourcebooks, Inc. / Book was a gift from the author in exchange for my blogged review and opinion which is purely my own and shared for no compensation. •:*:• o°• SERIES: The Haywire Brides. 1. Cowboy Charm School 2018