Dahlia Montgomery, a half-Filipina from a small Texas town, was catapulted to grief and shame when her husband died in a car accident. Her husband was not alone in the car, Dahlia discovered he died with his mistress. Instead of succumbing to misery, Dahlia went with her friend Piggy to Idaho where they got summer jobs as survey assistants. Dahlia was really excited for the change in scenery and looking forward to keeping busy with survey work in the Idaho mountains. Then Luke McRae literally bumped into her in the survey office. Luke was attracted to her and did not waste time letting Dahlia know it. Dahlia tried to fight her attraction to Luke but she started to fall in love with him. Luke was everything her husband was not; but he has some problems --an ex-wife determined to wreck havoc in his life, a disapproving mother and a son suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. These problems prove too much for Dahlia and Luke's fledgling relationship. Dahlia went back to Texas, not knowing that she was carrying Luke's baby.
Dahlia gave birth to a healthy baby boy, she also started running her father's small business. When Dahlia thought everything is starting to look up, Luke suddenly came to claim her and the baby. Is the love of a cowboy strong enough to heal her heart?
This report prepared by Rina Hall
Onyx, Jul 2003, 6.50, 368 pp.
In 1997 Texas, Dahlia Montgomery buries her husband who died in a violent car accident. To her embarrassment she learns that a family friend Bonnie Gibson also died in the crash. Both were under the influence and circumstantial evidence including Kenneth's history leads Dahlia to believe he cheated on her one last time.
Twenty eight months later, Dahlia rues the day she agreed to accompany her best friend Piggy Murphy and accept employment as interns in Callister, Idaho. Not only is the place they are staying in freezing, but Piggy's cousin fails to meet them. Worse, angry rancher Luke McRae accidentally knocks her over like a stampeding bull. As Luke and Dahlia become acquainted they begin to fall in love though they stereotype the other. She does not trust men especially cowboys; and he believes outsiders like this Texan belong in the Lone Star State. Then there are his needs to be there for his disabled son and two daughters as well as an unstable ex-wife.
THE LOVE OF A COWBOY is an engaging contemporary romance that displays rural Idaho in a strong light. The story line is loaded with action and the cast is a strong ensemble. Though the lead characters lug too much baggage, readers will like both of them and especially her best friend. The audience will want to travel just outside Boise for a warm (except in the temporary lodging of the Texans) romantic tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner