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on March 01, 2013 :
Ex army ranger, Coal Bryan, returns to Texas after her lover Tessa and friend Mitch was killed in Afghanistan. She ends up working and living on a farm belonging to Melissa, the wife of Mitch, Coal had no idea who Melissa was, her arrival on the farm was pure fate.
Coal is still hurting. Still shocked and she needs time to heal. She is a hard worker, she fits right in with the rest of the all male crew and soon earns the respect of the men. Coal, Melissa and the crew are as tight knit as family.
When Melissa’s sister, Mary Leah, a cancer survivor arrives on the farm to stay after a traumatic break up with her lover, sparks begin to ignite between her and Coal. Is it possible for Coal and Mary Leah to move on and find love again with each other?
A beautiful, poignant story about love, survival and second chances.
Both Coal and Mary Leah have been badly hurt and are desperately trying to heal. These two wonderful characters are so realistic and the scenery so well described, I felt like I was actually watching a film. I could almost smell the horses. Both Coal and Mary Leah have many sides to them and are backed up by a cast of excellent characters to take the story forward to it’s satisfactory conclusion.
Just one complaint, I wanted more. I feel these characters have a lot more to say and more stories to tell us.
I look forward to my next wonderful Ali Spooner reading experience soon.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 12, 2012 :
A gentle realistic story that tell about having a second chance to love and be loved. The characters and life on the ranch is very believable. The book is worth reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 27, 2011 :
Tired of all those glossy lipstick lesbians with their fancy apartments, high paying jobs, gorgeous clothes and fantastic figures? Want to read about real, hard-working gals who get their hands dirty and their hearts broken? Then 'Cowboy Up or Sell the Horse' is the book for you. Genuine likeable characters along with great descriptions of life on a working horse ranch make this an enjoyable read. As to what happens when Coal meets Mary Leah, well you'll have to buy the book and find out for yourself, just like I did. You won't be sorry you did.
(reviewed long after purchase)