Are you suffering from Spring Fever, waiting for those first spring blossoms?
If you are tired of winter, how about a fun, sweet pick me up read? I am delighted to once again be hosting Carolyn Brown on the blog today. Long time readers are familiar with Carolyn, but for your newbies, lets take a quick minute and meet this feisty gal:
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and a RITA finalist. Her books include historical, contemporary, cowboys and country music mass market paperbacks. Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, she refers to herself as a Tex-Okie. She and her husband live in Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Find Carolyn on her website,Facebook, and Goodreads.
Carolyn is here today with one of her latest books: Daisies in the Canyon. Please welcome Carolyn:
Thank you so much for inviting me back to Rainy Day Ramblings to talk about Daisies in the Canyon. It’s a book near and dear to my heart since when my own father died, I had not seen him in twenty five years. I could feel those three sisters’ pain as they looked down into that casket at the father whom they had never met.
Maybe a little excerpt from that blustery cold winter day when the wind whipped through the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle:
Dry-eyed and silent, Abby Malloy focused on the wooden casket that held the remains of the father she’d never known. The north wind rattled the bare limbs of an old scrub oak tree in the corner of the small cemetery. The preacher read the twenty-third Psalm but the words were whipped away with the fierce wind.
Dozens of people bunched up under the tent and sang “I’ll Fly Away.” She looked at the words on the back of the funeral program, but she didn’t sing along. On the last verse of the song someone tapped her on the shoulder and she looked up into the green eyes of a man with a daisy in his hand. He shoved it toward her and she took it, then he moved on down the row of three folding chairs and gave one to each of two other women. Abby wondered what in the hell she was supposed to do with it. Didn’t folks usually put a rose on the casket if they followed that tradition? Could the women next to her be Ezra’s other two daughters?
She glanced over at them, covertly studying each of them as they stared straight ahead at the casket. The will said that the sisters all had to live together in Ezra’s house; that if any one of them left, they could have a third of his money but not a bit of the ranch. The last one standing got the land, the cattle, the house and the whole shebang. If more than one was left at the end of one year, then they would share the ranch. Neither of those two looked like they were interested in anything but the cash-out, especially the prissy one right next to her. And the wild-looking hippy on the end would probably get bored real early, no doubt about it.
Abby wasn’t totally sure if she wanted anything of Ezra’s. Not his money or his damned land, but she’d stick around a few days to see what happened. Hell, without the Army anymore, she didn’t have anything else to do and she might like ranching once she learned how to do it.
Sheriff Cooper Wilson, one sexy cowboy even in his uniform, figured if any one of those three women would ever last a year on the Malloy Ranch, it would be the one wearing the army fatigues. He’d always been attracted to red haired women and the tall, slim woman who’d parked outside the cemetery fence took his eye immediately. But she had entirely too much baggage for him to take on so the smart thing for him to do was forget all about her. However the heart wants what it wants and there’s no reasoning with it once it makes up its mind.
Abby is too busy trying to learn the business of running a ranch to get involved with the sexy sheriff. But every time she turns around that cold winter, there he is, and pretty soon her heart is yearning for a cowboy with dark hair and big brown eyes. She and her new sisters are having a time getting used to each other and Cooper is more than willing to listen when she wants to talk. And the canyon keeps feeling more and more like home.
Tell me, what would you do if you found out you had two siblings and that you had to live with them a whole year to get your inheritance?
Thanks so much, Carolyn, for stopping by. Carolyn never comes empty handed. Today she is offering up a chance to win an ebook copy of Daisies in the Canyon to one lucky winner. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter after reading Contest Policies.
Here is my review:
Daisies in the Canyon by Carolyn Brown
She’s here to claim her birthright…
Ex-army sergeant Abby Malloy feels no loss after the father she never knew passes away. Still, part of Ezra Malloy’s ranch belongs to her, and if the stubborn blonde has to live there for a year with two half-sisters who are strangers to her, so be it. Nothing could stand in the way of her inheritance…except a local sheriff wrapped in snug blue jeans and a sexy grin.
He’s here to claim her heart…
Cooper Wilson, the local sheriff and rancher next door, is having his world turned upside down. Abby is all straight talk and sweet, lush curves—the kind of woman who gets under his skin in just the right way. Whereas Cooper has roots in Palo Duro Canyon, Abby’s got wings. But he knows she belongs here. If she can stop running from her past, he’ll happily lead her to a brighter future, one hot cowboy kiss at a time.
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Montlake Romance
Four and a half stars: A sweet fun read about three sisters learning to ranch.
Abby stands beside her father's grave. A cold wind whips through the canyon, ruffling the daisies nestled inside his casket. Abby never knew her father. Ezra Malloy ranch walked out on both her and her mother shortly after she was born because she wasn't a girl, and Ezra wanted a male heir. Abby wasn't the only one. Ezra had two other daughters, Shiloh and Bonnie, whom he also abandoned. Upon his death, Ezra requested that all three girls live at Malloy Ranch and learn to ranch. Whoever is left standing on the ranch after one year will inherit the ranch. Will Abby survive the year?
What I Liked:
- Once again, I was delighted to settle in with another sweet and comfortable read by Carolyn Brown. Daisies in the Canyon proved to be my favorite to date. This was a fun and entertaining story about three girls coming to terms with their heritage as they learn to ranch. This was a delightful story with a nice little romance. If you are needing a cozy read, grab this one and settle in.
- I loved the three sisters. When the girls first arrive on the ranch, they are sizing each other up as competition. Even though they are related, they are very different. Each sister vows to be the final one standing no matter how hard ranching proves to be. It doesn't seem like they will be friends, let alone sisters, but along the way, something wonderful happens. The girls not only learn to work together, but they also manage to form a bond that grows into a little sisterhood. I thought the blossoming relationship between the sisters was delightful.
- The setting was terrific. Carolyn transplants the reader into a small Texas ranching community. If you read The Long Hot Summer you will be familiar with this little town, and be pleased to catch up with a few characters. I like this small town setting and I loved the whole ranching scene. Carolyn does a brilliant job of portraying ranching life, stampeding cows and all.
- I admit, I was a tiny bit put off at the beginning with the romance. It starts out with some serious sparks of attraction, and then their is some insta love sex, but then, things shift. The couple immediately realizes their mistake and they back off. What follows is a romance that takes its time to build properly. In the end, I was pleased with the way it all plays out.
- This was a beautiful story with lots of humor, sexy cowboys and cows. I loved watching the girls plant their feet on the ranch and come to terms with their past as they forge new relationships and learn to be ranchers. I laughed and smiled, and I ended the book wanting more. My hope is that Carolyn will take us back once again to Malloy Ranch so we can catch up with Bonnie and Shiloh. The book does end before the year is up so there is more story to tell.
And The Not So Much:
- I was left wanting more story. I need to know what happens to Bonnie and Shiloh. Carolyn can you please write more books in this series?
- Ezra Malloy plays a huge role in the book even though he is dead. I couldn't help but want more about him. He is an interesting fellow for sure.
- I wasn't thrilled with the way the romance started off. The insta love vibe almost put me off. I am so glad though that I stuck with it and that the romance took another course.
Daisies in the Canyon was a sweet and satisfying comfort read. This is a book that has a nice romance, but even better than the romance is the developing bond of sisterhood. If you are in need of a light, cozy read, I highly recommend checking out this fun little book.
"Life don't come with promises of rainbows without the rain first."
"Either get out of the water or dive in. You can't stand on the shore with your toes in the surf."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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