Daisies in the Canyon by Carolyn Brown #Review

Daisies in the Canyon by Carolyn Brown #ReviewDaisies in the Canyon by Carolyn Brown

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Montlake Romance on December 16, 2014
Pages: 276
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I didn’t really pay attention to the blurb because I saw the book was by an author that I’ve come to enjoy, but I did notice the cute cover in passing. I’ve grown used to a certain formula in the author’s plots and adjusted to her storytelling style so that I easily sink right into her books. This one followed things to a certain extent, but the premise that brought all the characters together and into contact with each other was something new. I think I pondered the inexplicableness of it for as long as the heroine did and still came up short. I really hope there are more books following that might give me some better answers. Now, while the thing that held it altogether left me scratching my head, the story of three sisters meeting for the first time and forming the bonds of family, working a ranch, and a romance with a cowboy sheriff made me kick back and feel right at home.

The story opens with ex-Army sergeant, Abby Malloy, arriving in time for her estranged father’s graveside service and learning from the executor of the will that Ezra Malloy placed some interesting conditions on the inheritance she will share with her newly met younger half-sisters. Old Ezra wanted a boy so he married three times and divorced three times sending each woman away with a settlement when they produced a girl. He never wanted to see or meet any of them. Abby, Shiloh and Bonnie all grew up embittered and angry toward the old man who was their father. Each had hard things to live through- especially Bonnie- and now they not only inherit their share of the money, but the ranch if for no other reason than to prove to Ezra that he missed out on wishing for a boy. To do so, they must all live there for one year. Anyone who gives up and goes home just gets their money share and forfeits the ranch. Abby soon learns that her younger sisters are as stubborn and tough as she is in her own way. Abby had a plan, but now that she’s there, all she has are questions and she is so confused. She wants to understand the man who tossed her aside because she wasn’t a boy and how her mother could have ever loved such a man. She also wants to make sense of that spark and more that stretches between her and the man owning the ranch next door, Sheriff Cooper Wilson.

Cooper eyes all three of Ezra’s girls at the funeral and observes not a sign of grief or feeling toward him. He was friend with the old man, but he had his own opinion about Ezra’s antiquated ideas about the value of men and women. Seeing the strength and steel in each woman particularly the oldest, Cooper knows that Ezra missed out. Abby grabs his attention like no woman ever had, but he knows he can’t doing anything about it since he suspects that she probably won’t be putting down roots here and he’s too rooted to ever consider anywhere else. Rusty, Ezra’s one hand at the ranch, takes on the supervision of the Malloy women’s work and it will be Rusty who gets the ranch if the sisters all quit after seeing what real ranch work is like. Cooper and Abby give into the attraction between them and then step back into the friends category, but it was a mistake because they are destined to be so much more than friends if only Abby will agree to stay and get over her fears of commitment.

The book is pretty easy-going and laid back in its tone and pace mostly relying on the internal struggles caused by an old man’s mistakes to give the book tension and excitement. Oh not to say that nothing happens because it does. Cooper and Abby knock boots pretty early on in the story and then retreat, advance, and retreat again. I enjoyed the meeting and growing relationship between the sisters, the action of every day ranch life and the romance between Abby and Cooper, but overshadowing all that for me was the cruel oddities of old Ezra Malloy.

I was flabbergasted when Abby’s story came out and then Shiloh and Bonnie had similar stories. Abby’s mother came to the area, fell in love with Ezra, they were married about a year and when Abby was born, Ezra divorces her, sends her away with a settlement and tells her not to come back. Then each girl spends the rest of their lives with a single mom knowing their dad rejected his wife and child because the girls weren’t boys. And they end up with more questions and surmises for answers once they lived on the ranch. Ezra had a lot to account for because each girl ended up with issues about getting involved with men and being rejected. I just couldn’t wrap my head around such a thing. People walk away from relationships and their children all the time, but this was just so calculated. I am intrigued in an appalling way so I hope that each of the remaining sisters get their books and maybe more might come out about this situation.

Just as an aside, this one is connected to Long, Hot Texas Summer with shared characters, but can be read standalone.

All in all, it was a cozy Contemporary Western Romance and I would recommend it for those who enjoy spicy cowboy romance in down-home ranch-style setting.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • It looks like a perfect read for a cozy weekend under the duvet, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • You’re welcome! It will definitely feel warm since its Texas and a hot cowboy sheriff to give a nice romance. 😉

  • I really need to get back to her. I read my first in Jan and had a good time with it. One day I’ll work my way through the rest 😀

    That is a different ‘father’ but I could see that happening with as crazy and unbending as some people were/are.

    • Oh yes, I have so many of hers that I still need to read. I have two on the TBR pile from older series and I’m trying to keep current with one series right now- the feud one. 😉

  • Wow….what a butthead for a Dad (and Im being nice with that word). The premise sounds really good and I like that the sisters had a relationship development.

    I havent read any of her books before but this sounds like a story I may like. Great review Sophia

    • Oh yeah! I totally wanted to do bad stuff to that old fart. Good thing he was dead. I just couldn’t imagine.

      These are down-home stuff and I just laugh at the way they express thing.

      • Lols@ old fart..yaass. what a jerk of a man.

  • It’s been a long time since I read a western romance. Sounds like a good story.

    • I don’t read many, but I do like this author’s writing style which makes me feel like I’m right there on the ranch.

  • This sounds like a very interesting concept for a plot. I want to smack their father for his actions. Great review. Sounds like the other sisters need their own books. 🙂

    • I agree about the smack and that the other girls need their stories, Grace!

  • Great review! I really am loving this author, and I love those western romances. I do like seeing the life of every day ranch life.

    • Me too! I’m crossing my fingers for more about the others mentioned in the book. I’m waiting for the newest book in her other series about the feud.

  • Carolyn Brown

    Thank you for the awesome review…just like those three girls, I grew up not knowing my father either…met my three youngest brothers who were all many years younger than my son at my father’s funeral. (I’m the oldest child to my father’s first of ten marriages and the last of the younger three sons was born when I was forty and my son was tweny) Some times the truth is stranger than fiction. I could so relate to Abby’s feelings as I wrote this story!! And for all y’all who are asking, there’s a possibility that either Shiloh or Bonnie will get their story next year so stay tuned! Thanks again for the review and please know all my readers and reviewers are appreciated more than words can say.

    • Wow, just wow, Carolyn! You have an amazing personal story and I’m so glad you got to meet your brothers. Family is such a thing with me and I hate for people not to have a chance to be one even just a little bit.
      I will definitely be eager to read a story about Shiloh and Bonnie so I hope you get the chance.
      And thanks so much for pausing in your day to stop by and visit!