Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves.
Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife, Andie, so desperately needed.
Now retired, raising their son, Brodie, on his own, and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter, Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.
©2012 Charles Martin (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I would listen to this book again. Being from Texas, I found the main character noble and true to many cowboys I have known.
The plot kept me going. There were parts that kept you on the edge of your seat. There were a few areas where I felt the story moved a little slow. These places didn't last long.
I really liked the narrating and going from Cowboy to the little girl, Hope.
Cowboy and Hope
A great feel good book. Easy listening.
The "woman's" voice.. almost comedic in its sad attempt to sound like a woman. Truly hard to listen to.
Avid reader of inspirational fiction and faith-based self help. Memoir-style, 1st person pov is ideal. Favs include C. Martin & L. Wingate!
I'm true fan of Charles Martin's work. This piece is a bit different from most of his novels. But well worth it.
The narration is good; however, as a native Texan, I believe there would have been greater authenticity if important names like Brazos and Hereford were pronounced as Texans do... not according to a dictionary pronunciation
You know the sardonic; "I laughed, I cried..." Well, I actually did. I'm from west Texas and this is so very true to life, with authentic characters and real life situations. The characters are flawed and struggle with issues, just like we do. Loved it, please do give it a listen.
there was enough excitement in the book to keep you wondering
it was hard for me not to care about all the characters. martin has a way at the end of all his books that you think dang this didn't come out the way I wanted to see it and then it does. I liked how he entertwined the action of the main characters life into a nice story of people finding their soul mates.
I love stories about dogs!
I had a hard time working... wasn't for this book! I didn't want to turn it off. The descriptions of everything.. I could just picture everything! Loved the romance and sadness and joy on every page and I really loved the transition between the little girls "Dear God' and "Cowboy"... very sweet. Laughed and cried!
Don't have much to compare but will be reading more of his books!
Cowboy.. gotta say was favorite. Hope... well, who wouldn't love her?
BOth.. everything... even put off dinner one night to finish a couple of chapters!
The main character's relationship with the woman Sam did not seem realistic. She and the main character did not seem to be appropriately concerned about the rape of the child. They did not seem to follow up appropriately on the matter.
There was too much conversation and "speech making." The character of Sam was not likable and did not earn my respect or sympathy.
The narrator's voice matched the story.
Disappointment - a waste of time. I read it for a new Book Club in which the long-time members had read other books by the author. They were also disappointed.
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