Almost A Cowboy by Ruth Jean Dale ISBN:0-373-25878-X 218 pgs
It was supposed to be "women's only week" at the Keene's Bar-K Dude Ranch when one of the women's brothers, Simon Barnett, shows up. When his sister won't leave with him he decides to stay and sets his sights on Toni Keene. Toni wants a cowboy for a husband not some city slicker so Simon sets out to win her love by becoming the best cowboy he can. After they spend the night together and Simon asks Toni to marry him she explains why it won't work and goes back to ranch life as she knew it. But after the week is up and Simon leaves Toni is not the same. Her sisters and Grandmother try to get her out of her funk but only Simon can do that. After her family coaxes her to the Christmas party, her spirits start to lift a little until she sees Simon up on stage roping like the cowboys she's dreamed of. When she is called up on stage as his assistant he ropes them together and sweeps her off stage.
This report prepared by Amy in Wisconsin