Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy

   Regina  Review by:  Regina

Title:  Cowboy Christmas

Author:  Mary Connealy

Collection:  Adult Fiction

Annette Talbot is a missionary back East with a voice like a songbird. When the low-life thieving Leveques take over the troupe, Annette is on the verge of being forced to singing bawdy songs and wearing clothing not fit for a lady. So Annette makes a run for her father’s ranch in Wyoming – but it’s been six years since she’s even talked with her father. The Leveques know a money making scheme when they see one and off to Wyoming they follow – Claude Leveque wants his songbird and a card-dealing, gambling shack to boot.

Connealy’s writing is a hoot, only two excerpts of many that make me giggle…

His beloved mother used guilt like she was pulling a Colt revolver. And the woman had become the fastest draw in Wyoming.

…”Ma was wounded and she’s still very fragile and ailing. She needs peace and quiet.’ Ruby Walker came charging out of some room upstairs. A door slammed hard and her feet thudded on the floor. She came down the stairs with the delicate finesse of a stampeding herd of longhorns skidded to a halt right beside  Annette. Guard dog number two had arrived. And not looked wounded at all.

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