“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
Brownley (Left at the Altar) sets up a tough lawman with a beautiful candy maker and animal rescuer in this 1885 Texas take on Cyrano de Bergerac. After Texas Ranger Brett Tucker rides into Haywire, Tex., and accidentally interrupts a wedding, he feels he has a moral obligation to help the groom, Frank Foster, bring the bride, Kate Denver, back to the altar. Soon Kate wonders whether the lawman's intrusion was fate, as she begins to fall for him. Brett's in town to discover who's robbing trains and coaches in the area, but he's visiting Kate's candy store almost as often as he's discussing suspects with the local sheriff. As he suggests sweet words and Shakespearean sonnets to clueless, hapless Frank, Brett realizes that he wants Kate for himself. Kate's adeptness with everyone else's feelings befriending a bullied boy, coaxing smiles from grumpy customers makes her an immensely relatable and enjoyable heroine, and Brett's overdeveloped sense of honor is endearing. Only a few kisses are exchanged, but Brownley still conveys a sense of chemistry between the protagonists. Light and airy as cotton candy, this tale charms.
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Delightful from start to finish
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.
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Ten Gold Stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley plus I purchased a copy.
This was a wonderful book. I so thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were fantastic. The book had my favorite dual POV. The plot was original and flowed so well that before I was ready for it, it was over. I love Brett and Kate's story.
There were scenes in this book that were hilarious. I had to stop reading as I was laughing so hard. A warning, if you have a weak blander, wear Depends!!!! The scene with Brett and Frank in the restaurant. Then Frank and Katie at the buffalo wallow!!!! Just hilarious!!!!! OMGosh. This is worthy of repeat readings.
I can't wait for more of this series!!! If you love cowboys, historicals or just a great escape reading, then you will definitely want to read this one.
COWBOY CHARM SCHOOL
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.