Thursday, September 13, 2012

Book Beginnings on Friday and Friday 56: RYELEE'S COWBOY


Ryelee's Cowboy (Dawson Ranch, #2)
BOOK BEGINNINGS:
Clint Maloney ran toward his screaming daughter faster than if the hounds of hell were snapping at his heels. She tearfully pointed up into the heavily foliaged, white ash tree. He expected to rescue a stray cat, but to his consternation, he spotted Ryelee Snyder, his live-in nanny and housekeeper, high up in the tree.
FRIDAY 56:
"It's too late now. Besides, who's going to believe the town drunk's daughter?"
(This is an eBook so I estimated where Page 56 might be.)

Author: Kathleen Ball
Genre: Western Romance
Length: 200 Pages (approximately)
Format: eBook
Available from Secret Cravings Publishing and Amazon.

My impressions:
I love the characters in this book. Clint is a widowed dad who lost the family ranch. His goals are to buy back his ranch and raise his daughter. Clint's nanny/housekeeper Ryelee has grown up poor, the daughter of the town drunk. Unmarried and pregnant, she pours her love into Clint's daughter Rheenie; but mistreatment, insecurities, and fears from her loveless childhood affect the decisions she makes. She wants the best for her unborn baby but doesn't expect much out of life.
All the characters are believable, and the author did a great job of creating sympathy for each of them. 

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20 comments:

  1. Ryelee sounds like such a nice character. And whereas the beginning had me laughing, the F56 is almost tragic. It sounds good, thanks for sharing :) I'm an old follower!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. It's a touching story. By the way, you don't look OLD in your picture!

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  2. So what was she doing in the tree? What a great way to start a book. The 56 does sound a little sad.

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    1. There are sad parts to the story, mainly the ones dealing with Ryelee's sad childhood and the bad treatment she receives from some of the small-town women. But I enjoyed it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. What is the live-in Nanny doing up the tree? And why would anyone not believe the town drunk's daughter? After all she is not the town drunk, or is she too?

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    1. Raylee always has good intentions but she has an impulsive nature. It keeps getting her into trouble!

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  4. I'm wondering what the "town drunk's daughter" has to tell that won't be believed.

    Here's my Friday Memes.

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  5. Good 56! You don't know what's going on but can get a sense that someone is fighting for something... what I am unclear of.

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  6. Did the nanny hang herself? I can't think of why his daughter would scream otherwise.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. Oh, my. That didn't even occur to me. You have a dark outlook! The daughter is four or five years old, and little girls that age scream at just about anything.

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  7. I'm hooked--I already have so many questions that need to be answered!

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  8. Me too, and I don't care for westerns!

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    1. Deirdre and Sandra: Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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  9. I love western romances. Enjoy your weekend.

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  10. Ok Sandy, You have done it again. You certainly know how to tease everyone. In some ways it feels a lot like a story line from Dallas! Corruption, alcohol, sex, romance, back stabbing-mystery-this darn tree question. So many questions!! A great beginning.

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    1. You're right -- this book has plenty of drama. I really enjoyed it.
      Thanks for dropping by the blog.

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  11. Interesting mix! i'm not too sure about westerns honestly, but that beginning sounds like the beginning of a bit of telling off :P

    thanks so much for visiting my blog! (and your book sounds

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