Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis

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Whisper Creek Ranch is a working that ranch that has recently begun to take on guests. Decker Driscol and his family are the owners of the ranch. After the death of his father, the family comes to realize that the ranch is not as financially stable as they thought. Their mother decides to turn the ranch into a “Dude Ranch” and hope for many paying guests that would like a real ranch experience. Decker is the oldest sibling and has been living in LA for the past 10 years. He has come back at the request of his mother to help run the ranch. Decker left the ranch after a falling out with his father. He has no plans to stay at the ranch, he is just here to help his mother and brother weather the financial mess. Once Whisper Creek Ranch is financially stable he plans to go back to LA. What he doesn’t anticipate is meeting Kyla and he is coming to realize that his plans might need to change.

Kyla is at Whisper Creek Ranch with her two girlfriends. They feel that she needs a change of scenery and some relaxation. Kyla has had a rough couple of months; Car accident, cheating ex-fiancé that stole millions of dollars from people including her grandparents. Kyla is having a hard time relaxing at the ranch. She meets Decker and is taken with him right away.

Kyla is a quite a strong woman to have survived so much in such a little amount of time. Though it’s taken a while to recover from not only physical trauma but emotional as well she is still willing to move on with her life. You could tell that she really needed this vacation to recharge and take some time to decide how to move forward with her life. While Kyla’s issues are more recent Decker’s issues are almost a decade old. Decker and his father had a falling out and he left the ranch vowing to never come back. Now that his father is dead he returns home to help his mother. I really felt bad for Decker because what happened to him was not his fault, he had a crappy old man. I was so glad to finally see Decker move on from this and realize that his future is at the ranch.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this story. Accidental Cowgirl is a really charming read. Decker and Kyla are two people that you couldn’t help root for. After everything that they both have suffered you only want them to succeed. The story is wonderfully written with really great characters. I hope to read more from this author in the future.

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