Meeting the Cowboy's Family
Looking for inspiration, artist Ella Langton rents a cabin in the isolated Porcupine Hills of Alberta. She didn't count on having neighbors, but rancher Cord Walsh and his three children are just a stone's throw away.
Still healing from a tragic accident, Ella has no plans of reaching out, but she's having a hard time keeping them out of her yardand her thoughts. And when little Suzy ropes Ella into helping her with an art project, she can't help her growing feelings for the girl's rugged daddy.
With three persistent children, Cord and Ella may find their fenced-off hearts opening up sooner than they thought!
Inspirational and encouraging novel that with a beautiful and a bit fragile example shows in practise what it means when we are promised that God will carry us even through the darkest times in our lives, and He can use that time for our best and through that darkness guide us to the path we are supposed to be on.
Yes, I was touched by this story, it spoke to me, and got directly to my heart. Ella's heartbreak was so vivid, the dark place her marriage had taken her into, with the shame and secrets, poured into the canvas and made her career, but it left her yearning for something more, light, joy, life into her days. She is a strong character, survivor really, with a big yet broken heart. She has so much kindness, passion, wit, and charm, but she is afraid to let it lose, to live again, to have joy again in her life.
Cord lives with his own regrets and shame from his marriage, but his three children, the ranch, the work with his wife's legacy, it all takes his time and thoughts, not really leaving him time for the daily to-do list, not to mention gives him time to reflect and heal from Lisa's death.
I love Cord's kids. They all had solid characteristics, a true joy to be around. They craved for love and affection, and attention. They play a center role in the story, bringing Cord and Ella together, and helping them both heal and move on.
All the parental figures who were introduced in the story twisted the plot to a new direction. Not everything was completely resolved regarding Lisa's parents. I think Ella and Cord will have to face that storm until smoother sailing is possible.
I was immensely impressed how Ella's art played another center role in the plot, and I admit a little jealous of her ability and gift to express herself in that form.
I have really fallen in love with these Love Inspired stories, and how the faith-based stories often spoke to me through the characters if I am willing to hear what they have to share.
Courting the Cowboy ended up being a deep, thoughtful, and encouraging story of second chances in life, and how every step we take in will be leading us to our destiny, even if the destiny is not what we expected and planned it to be. I'm still a bit in awe of the tale and I know I'll be thinking about it for a good while
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me