A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale

A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale

by Tom Van Dyke

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BN ID: 2940158653629
Publisher: Tom Van Dyke
Publication date: 09/12/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 162
File size: 126 KB

About the Author

Tom Van Dyke lives with his wife on their ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona. Tom is a nationally recognized film producer/director and award-winning screenwriter. One of his motion pictures was considered for nomination of an Academy Award®.

Tom created and wrote the American Bicentennial television public service announcements, Stand Up and Be Counted, featuring John Denver, the most widely viewed national and international PSAs in the history of television.

His creative expression of writing and film production is shared with his creation of fine art. Tom’s sculptures, paintings and photography have been exhibited or are in the permanent collections of the NY Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Art Institute, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Henry Ford Museum, the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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Cowboy Christmas: An American Tale 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift from a really close friend. It was even autographed! (Cool signature by the way). I decided to give it a read on my flight home. A young man heads west to carve out his path and a new life. The adventures he has along the way are quite incredible! I was told there is a lot of historic truth to the towns he traveled along the way which made it even more interesting. His romantic interest has quite the adventure herself, and can hold her own. I almost read it in an entire sitting, but had to take a break because it was so rich in dialog. Some chapters are short and they really pack a punch. Thanks Mark for this gift. Our friendship means a lot. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale is as warm as the western sun in midday, and filled with enough wit and wisdom to fill you up as only the western sky can do. Tom Van Dyke serves up a heaping helping of Christmas spirit as he takes you fireside, winds his sweet, easy going story right around you and ropes you in as lights around a yuletide tree. As much a coming of age story as a Christmas tale, the easy going main character WB makes you want to try a bit of cowboying yourself, take a turn in the saddle and lose yourself in adventure. One favorite line from the book; "... at that moment I realized even though I didn't know where I was going, I was not lost. I was home on the range." reminds you of the long lost days of your own youth, as every great Christmas story does....the age of your own innocence. Such a statement makes the eyes open and light up as wide as ever young folks dreaming can. Everything 'Christmas' is about is at work here.... imagination, family, love and good times. Read alone or aloud, this tale fills you with the wonder of youth, the possibilities of the unknown, and reminds you to BELIEVE! Tom Van Dyke reminds us all of what life is about; that a good sense of humor and adventure and love can take you where you want to be, or at least let you visit from time to time and remember.
CynWW More than 1 year ago
I loved how A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale took me on an adventure of time and space. The intersection of the life of the cowboy on the open, bare country and of the development of the automobile that was taking place in the cities back East. I'm always fascinated by authors that can pull you up on the saddle with them and take you along for the dusty but fun ride.
Dennis32 More than 1 year ago
Tom Van Dyke really captures an era in this coming of age story about a young man who's suddenly thrust into one adventure after another while searching for his true love, learning to cowboy, and becoming a man in the wild west. The book is written like poetry and there's never a dull moment.
friendofTVD More than 1 year ago
Enjoying the campfire, welcoming the stranger and having some wine took me back to overnight trail rides with my Dad. As the dead Cholla was being decorated I found myself thinking of things they could decorate it with! I was living in this story and loving every minute of it.
brflee More than 1 year ago
The story of a "wanna be cowboy", becoming a real cowboy through the rough experience of the real old west. Combined with the story of a true "love at first sight" between this young cowboy and a young girl headed west with her family could easily have happened to many people, and it probably did. I can imagine, somewhere, there is an old cowboy saying "yep, that was maw an' me back in those days". The story is that believable and told that well. Unlike many books, you could judge this book by its cover. The color, design, the whole concept perfect. I know because I did the binding of this book. I do not usually read the entire books I work on, but from page one this story grabbed me and would not let go. I took it home to finish, and had to lend it to others. After reading it they wanted to own it. Well this is my keeper and they have to buy their own. Each chapter is exciting and tells a story, and leads into the next. Each chapter also opens a story line that could made into a book by alone. I look forward to, possibly, an expansion of each chapter. Hopefully, Tom van Dyke will allow me to help in the finishing of his future publications. Of course if any readers have any issues with bookbinding contact Bob at brflee@yahoo.com
B-I-L More than 1 year ago
Tom Van Dyke has created a tale that weaves together the threads of coming of age, male bonding, finding and losing love - and finding it again - all set in the old west at the turn of the twentieth century. An engaging read, Van Dyke has a way with words that reflects his screen-writer experience -- his descriptive passages are visually evocative and his prose is liberally laced with jargon that rings true for the era. This first effort is great entertainment and bodes well for Van Dyke's future novels.
umg83 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Tom Van Dyke's first novel, A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale. What a delightful read! It's hard for me to believe that this is his first novel--he has such a command of the story and uses such a creative way in telling the tale. He had me captivated right from the start. Congratulations to him. His writing style is visually expressive which made this novel such a joy to read. Such an intriguing way of incorporating the classic Christmas elements with "Sunny", the giant hellcat cactus tree and the three wild mustangs. My favorite passage was so descriptive that I still see it in my mind (pg 42) "Some men just look like cowboys--fit in the saddle, tall and lean, with an inner quality of strength and character measured beyond physical. I had just met that cowboy." He obviously did a great deal of research as well--terminology such as waddies, fluff-duffs, rowel, etc. gave the story the air of authenticity and he certainly knows the history and geography of Santa Fe and Arizona. I can see that there will be more novels with the name Tom Van Dyke on them soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never judged a book by its cover until I picked up "A Cowboy Christmas" by Tom Van Dyke. The leathery feel and warm rich texture of the crimson red cover was like a seasoned saddle. Once I read a couple of chapters from this wonderfully written American Tale, I have to admit, I was hooked and headin' for the check out counter like a steer in a snow storm. I'm also very happy to say that my brothers, who live all over the country will be getting a copy of "A Cowboy Christmas" for Christmas this year. What a Great Western Christmas Tale. I especially enjoyed Chapter 4 entitled, "Sparks & Fuses". Merry Christmas Everyone!