After her mother's death, Maggie Porter wants nothing more than to return to her home, the Rocking P Ranch. Home is not as she left it. Her father has tightened his belt, and the cowboys are threatening to strike over their low pay. When the cowboys--including foreman Alex Bright, Maggie's girlhood crush--walk off the ranch, Maggie has to gather both courage and friends to save the ranch. What the men aren't willing to do, the women will. Maggie and her friends round up the cattle and head out on the Cowgirl Trail.
I enjoyed reading Cowgirl Trail. The book is part of the Morgan Family Series, but readers don't have to be familiar with the series to appreciate this book. It's not a heavy read, but it is an enjoyable light read. The Western-meets-Girl-Power twist is a nice touch. Maggie is well written and believable, as are the minor characters in the novel. Maggie's romance with Alex is also nicely done, and I thought the author did a good job of handling Alex's conflict between his loyalty to his crew and his growing feelings for Maggie. I also liked that the author brought in the fact that as wives and daughters of ranchers and farmers, most of the cowgirls would be quite capable on horseback and with basic ranching skills. Sometimes in this type of novel the author overdoes the comedy of errors bit, and it was refreshing that the author didn't make that mistake here.
My one negative was that in an inspirational novel I like to see faith issues written in as a more integral part of the plot. Maggie and Alex are both written as people of faith, but you could subtract the few references without dramatically affecting the book. Still, Cowgirl Trail is an enjoyable read, and I'd recommend it to Christian fiction readers. The tone reminds me some of Dawn Comes Early (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series), and I think reader who enjoyed that book will enjoy this one. Four stars.
I received a free copy of the book from the publisher (Moody) in exchange for a quality review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.