Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"The Cattleman Meets His Match" by Sherri Shackelford

About the Book

Galahad in a Stetson
Cowboy John Elder needs a replacement crew of cattle hands to drive his longhorns to Kansas—he just never figured they'd be wearing petticoats. Traveling with Moira O'Mara and the orphan girls in her care is a mutually beneficial arrangement. Yet despite Moira's declaration of independence, the feisty beauty evokes John's every masculine instinct to protect, defend…marry?
Moira is grateful for John's help when he rescues her—and she can't deny that his calm, in-control manner proves comforting. But she is determined not to let anything get in the way of her plans to search for her long-lost brother at journey's end. However, can John show her a new future—one perfect for them to share?

This book was released in August 2014
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed

My Review

“The Cattleman Meets His Match” by Sherri Shackelford is about another one of the Elder brothers that we only heard about but never meet until now. There is some connections to Ms. Shackelford's prior books “Winning the Widow's Heart” and “The Marshal's Ready-Made Family”, but they are loose connections which means that this book is the perfect stand alone book with connections to the past books.

Jack is a man who is trying to find his own way in the world finally, and yet when things go way off course then he has to make some pretty some hard choices. Throughout the story Jack shows his honor and protective instincts regardless what he wants to do. At times there are moments where I could just imagine him wanting to pull his hair out because something that is happening. Though it is obvious that things are not going his way or the way he thinks they should be going, he shows that though he doesn't like it, he can go with the flow with little complaints. Hey he is a typical alpha male so of course a few grumbling moments is to be expected. Jack learned a few lessons along the way about himself.

Moira is a woman on a mission even with the side trip of trouble that she finds herself in. At times she is obsessive about her mission of finding her brother, but she is not willing to just dump her responsibility either. When things seem to be hitting an impossible roadblock, she decides to do something she figured was the only thing she could do, even though she had no clue on how to accomplish her plan. We watch Moira change in little ways through the whole story and maybe mature some.

The four young ladies who Moira feels so responsible for each have their own personality that is easy to see as the story progresses to where their names didn't always need to be mentioned to know who was who. Actually all of the characters, both major, secondary and minor characters had been written so well that they all seem to come to life.

The adventure that Jack, Moira and the girls goes on is not easy but wow what they all have to endure is both tiresome and at times down right hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud at some spur of the moment comment or one of the situations that was beyond funny. The adventure also one that stripes away pride and independence helping to create humility in some, while helping others mature into someone worth reading about later (I hope anyway) and strength in ones own self worth.

This book is worth the time it takes to read it for it was such a wondrous read that with lessons that each reader might come away with something different. I hope all who read it enjoy it as much as I did.