In Counting on a Cowboy, a novel by Debra Clopton, we learn that Abby Knightly is a deeply troubled young woman. She has experienced tremendous losses and she knows she has to find a way to move forward with her life. She travels to a small Texas town with the hope of establishing a peaceful life. Peaceful is not exactly the way her quest begins. As a result of an encounter with a steer, she meets Bo Monahan. Bo has his own issues. He is a cowboy who, with his brothers and grandfather, lives on the family ranch. Only after their father’s death did the family learn the ranch was heavily in debt and they have all worked hard to save it. Bo has established his own business and helps to take care of his grandfather. He does not have time for a relationship. Out of nowhere, an infant is left on his front porch with a letter identifying this baby as his son. Having no previous knowledge about this baby, he is understandably shocked. And, clueless about taking care of a baby.
Unexpectedly, Abby and Bo’s lives become intertwined. Now, overwhelmed Bo needs her help with his son to which she reluctantly agrees. Their relationship is as complicated as they are and their future is uncertain. Reading this story is a journey into the characters souls. The author brings to the readers a beautifully crafted story. Both the protagonists and the secondary characters are interesting people and their stories are engrossing. I found this to be a very satisfying read.
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