"Counting on a Cowboy" by Debra Clopton is the second novel in the Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series. Abby is looking to leave her past behind and start over in a small town. Bo is content with his life the way it is.
When a baby shows up on Bo's doorstep, he discovers that his life is going to change whether he is ready or not. Bo needs to learn how to be a father and is desperate for Abby's help, but will helping Bo open Abby's old wounds?
Overall, this novel was a nice read. I'm a little disappointed that it doesn't have a "2" on the cover so I'd know it was the second in a series prior to reading it, but it didn't hint back to a former novel so much that you'd get lost.
Very little mention is made of faith and God. Bo has turned over a new leaf after having previously had a non-committal relationship, but we are never told why he has stopped that lifestyle. The main claim to this being a Christian book is the lack of secular things such as present day promiscuity and foul language. For that, I'm relieved.
As Abby interacts with the folks in town and with baby Levi she wrestles with her own feelings and unfinished business. Themes include: dealing with death; drinking and driving; guilt, judging vs helping and doing the right thing.
Throughout the novel Abby and Bo need to ask themselves if love is worth the risk.
But, is the novel worth the risk? Sure -- especially if you like easy reading and cowboy themes.
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