Historical Fiction, Review

A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund

Hello, reader friends! We are celebrating the first book in the Colorado Cowboys series, A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund!

about the book

A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund (Colorado Cowboys book 1)

A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund

Greta Nilsson’s trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.

Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He’ll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt’s ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.

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my thoughts

A herd of angry mama cows couldn’t keep me away from a book by one of my favorite authors with a COWBOY on the cover! Not only do I have a soft spot for the rugged heroes, but the moment I discovered the marriage of convenience factor, I was fully engrossed in this story!

Greta was exceedingly relatable. Both her strengths and weaknesses were at times uncomfortably familiar to me. Her mama-love for her sister Astrid and her “get-‘er” done work ethic are my favorite of her qualities. Similarly, Wyatt has a tough, hard-working exterior protecting his vulnerability, modesty, and compassionate heart. His quasi-surrogate-father slash fellow seasoned cowhand Judd completes the cast in a heartwarming Sam Elliott way.

Jody Hedlund has proven time and again that she is a brilliant storyteller by delivering vivid settings and authentic characters from any time and anywhere! I highly recommend A Cowboy for Keeps and eagerly anticipate the remaining installments of the Colorado Cowboys series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over 20 historical novels for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy Award, Carol Award, and Christian Book Award.

She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

Visit her website or follow Jody on facebook, twitter, or instagram!


The Bride Ships series

favorite reads A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund The Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund Almost a Bride by Jody Hedlund


Who else is a fan of “marriage of convenience” stories, reader friends?!
Let me know if you’ve read A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund or are adding to your tbr.

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