Monday, March 16, 2009
Review: Cowgirl Dreams by Heidi Thomas
Nettie Brady dreams of being a rodeo champion, but she suffers challenges from more than wild steers. Her mother’s strong disapproval and disappointment weigh heavily on this conscientious teen. It seems everything stacks up against her dream of becoming a rodeo star–family crises, a broken wrist, even nature pits its wrath against her. But no obstacle is tough enough to keep Nettie from the freedom and elation she feels while riding a half-ton of writhing muscle and bone.
Later, when her life is full of Jake, a young cowboy, her dreams appear to be within reach. But Nettie again is torn between family expectations and her own preference for a simple wedding ceremony. She loves Jake, loves working beside him, but her heavy heart longs for her mother’s approval. Will her dreams ever become a reality without pangs of guilt?
Heidi Thomas excels in describing the flavor and excitement of the early rodeo days. But more than that, she captures the social attitudes of the times, and the daily drudgery of every day living on a Montana ranch in the 1920s. Cowgirl Dreams captures readers’ hearts with the throbbing cheers of a rodeo audience and with the aching desires of a young girl who yearns for her family’s love and acceptance.
Publisher: Sundowners, a division of Treble Heart Books