Daisies in the Canyon by Carolyn Brown #Review

Posted March 9, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released 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.

Literary Pickers #80 Uniform

Romance Roundabout #78 CR

Cliché Klatch #16 ‘More nervous than a whore sitting in the front row at a tent revival’

Mt. TBR #49

About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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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.

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Anna@herding cats&burning soup

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.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

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. 😉

6 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Sharonda

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.

6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

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

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

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

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

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.

6 years ago

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. 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

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

Lover Of Romance
6 years ago

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.

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

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
6 years ago

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… Read more »

Sophia Rose
6 years ago
Reply to  Carolyn Brown

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!

Red Iza
6 years ago

It looks like a perfect read for a cozy weekend under the duvet, thanks for sharing 🙂