I’ll tell you a secret – I’m addicted to romance stories with family input and the dynamics that are always in play. Lizbeth Selvig’s new release, is the first in the Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys series, and fits that obsession perfectly. Please read on for my review and an excerpt. Be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of ten (10) digital download copies of THE BRIDE WORE DENIM by Lizbeth Selvig.
The Bride Wore Denim
It’s been a couple of years since I read my first book by this author: I loved her ability to create characters that resonated and could breathe in the corner of the room as I read (in that non-stalker totally not creepy way). Now with a new series that has all of the elements I love: family concerns, a chance to resolve past issues, the recognition of true desires and a chance at happiness that realigns your life plans.
Harper has returned to Wyoming after years away pursuing her art and her own life. She’s always seen herself as the black sheep, and never quite fit in with her perceptions of a rancher: either life or wife. With her father’s death, many unresolved issues about their relationship, the way the sisters (there are 6 girls in this family) related to him and to one another, and the difficult decisions that face them all regarding the ranch become major players and elements in this story.
Cole grew up on the neighboring ranch, but lost that legacy when his father sold the land to Harper’s father. Always carrying a torch for Harper, he’d dated her sister Amelia on and off through high school and after, only to have it end amicably. In ways that often happen, while he’d never actually say it, I think Cole was with Amelia because she was handy, and Harper wasn’t interested. But, not surprisingly, Cole KNOWS the Crockett girls very well, and he understands the dynamics behind their behavior.
For me, the highlight of this story was the characters. Of course, there is a crisis surrounding the management of the ranch, but the interactions between the sisters, Harper’s very strong interior monologue and her own concerns, and that connection with Cole build a need to know tension that had me racing through the pages to see what was next. Each character has a solidity and personality, you can almost envision yourself in the midst of the conversations, and you want to (or I did) slap Amelia about the head and shoulders repeatedly. SO judgmental and angry, lashing out at everyone, with her “I’m better, smarter, more important’ vibe. From the outside, you can see it as defensive, hiding an insecurity and hurt feelings, but from a sibling perspective, it’s a serious smack down from the sister furiously exerting her dominance inherited with birth order.
For Cole and Harper are perfectly suited: he GETS her, he appreciates her outlook on the world and life, and understands that her (for Wyoming ranchers) ‘hippie ideas” are actually sound and logical. More importantly, she lights up and is more ‘herself’ around him. Of course the squidgy issue of the years he and Amelia dated is looming large: but they both agreed that they were better as friends than as a couple. But still, that history exists, with her sister, so Harper is understandably reluctant, no matter the long-standing crush.
Moments and descriptions are little gems, often humor brings a scene to technicolor life: “multicolored escaped fowl that careened around the yard like over-caffeinated bees”, or “what a little freedom and gang mentality could do….they’d turned into a band of egg-laying gangsters, helping each other escape the law.” Those are descriptions that are laden with imagery, humor and provide some truths beneath the lighthearted phrasing. Sprinkled throughout the book, those funny moments fill the story with lightness while never deflecting focus, and keep the reader seeing what is in front of them with ever-increasing clarity. A wonderful coming-home, romance, family saga, story of finally growing up. Sure to be a favorite on bookshelves everywhere.
Title: The Bride Wore Denim
Author: Lizbeth Selvig
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 21 July 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister's long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole's rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control.
Cole Wainwright has long been fascinated by the sister who's always stood out from the crowd. His relationship with Amelia, the eldest Crockett sister, isn't as perfect as it seems, and with Harper back in town, he sees everything he's been missing. Cole knows they have no future together—he's tied to the land and she's created a successful life in the big city—but neither of them can escape their growing attraction or inconvenient feelings.
As Harper struggles to come to grips with new family responsibilities and her forbidden feelings for Cole, she must decide whether to listen to her head or to give her heart what it wants.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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