I fell in love with Cowgirl by Nance Sparks. This is the author’s debut novel, and I’m very impressed with her writing. In fact, I see myself adding a new name to my list of favorite authors.
This is a story that contains a fair bit of angst. Aren Jacobs has lived through trauma that has left her visibly and emotionally scarred to the point she now lives almost like a hermit on a farm the locals believe is cursed. When she saves Carol’s life after a wild storm, she allows Carol to stay with her until she can find a place to live, and the two women slowly become friends. There is a spark between them that could lead to more, but that means sharing wounds from the past, especially for Aren.
Cowgirl is definitely a character driven tale, and the two main characters are developed perfectly for the roles they have in the story. Aren is especially well suited for this plot, and her actions fit with her past trauma.
It is the setting that really made the story special to me. The author set this novel on a farm near a tiny town in Michigan, and something about her descriptions of this place really touched me. I kept thinking, ‘This sounds and feels like home.’ I really connected with this novel. I meant to read this book over a couple of days. I started the story about midday, and couldn’t put it down. I ended up staying awake reading half the night until I finished the book.
This is a wonderful story with very special characters, a realistic setting and an angst filled but beautiful tale. I recommend this book to everyone. I will also be looking for more from this author.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.