Book Review: Cowgirl Next Door by Lacy Williams

Title: Cowgirl Next Door (Sutter’s Hollow #3)53710575. sy475

Author: Lacy Williams

Published: August 4th 2020

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown

Blurb:

She’s a reminder of everything he lost.

He can’t escape the darkness.

Unlocking the past can only end in heartbreak.

Cancer stole everything from Jilly. Now she’s taking her life back by force, choosing an unconventional path to motherhood, and gambling it all to purchase the farm she’s always dreamed of. Her reclusive neighbor might be a jerk, but that’s a minor problem. Until her foster kids turn it into a major problem…

Noah likes being alone. It’s safer that way. But his new neighbor—who happens to be his former rival—has no boundaries and it isn’t long before she starts stirring up his past—a past that’s better left forgotten.

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My Review

The third and final book in the Sutter’s Hollow series is the best, in my opinion! I read these books in the same month and now all the pieces fall together in a beautiful complete picture. Finally, we get Jilly and Noah’s story and I am so happy the author decided to bring them together.

Both have scars from their past but, while one is trying to move forward and create a future, the other is stuck in a place that can provide a limited comfort. It takes three misbehaving children to give a little push in the right direction.

The story is one full of emotion. Jilly has had to deal with cancer and, after surviving is battle, she now wants to continue her life and adopt the three little (not so) angles that are currently living with her. Noah, on the other hand, still deals with the consequences of an accident that happened years ago, the accident that took away his sight. He lives isolated from the world and refuses contact with almost everyone. Their connection is so beautiful and the way their relationship evolves feels so natural. I really really enjoyed this book!

The author addressed three important themes with this book: we have a cancer survivor that learned to cope with her illness. We have Noah’s sigh issues and we how he learned to adapt and live a life as close to normal as possible. Additionally, we have the adoption of the three kids and how they try to adapt to a new home, struggling to attach themselves or not to their new potential family. Throughout all these themes there is an optimistic tone in just the right amount.

I must mention the only thing that made me give 4 stars to this book. And it’s the same reason I decreased my rating in the previous ones also: I don’t think that Noah received the proper closure for the accident. I believe this conflict (it’s not a real conflict, more like a turning point in our main characters’ lives) was not resolved for cord, Callum or Noah.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed “The Cowgirl Next Door” the most from the series. It’s a book with a lot of emotional baggage, that deals with significant themes, but with a lovely love story. The entire Sutter’s Hollow series has beautiful stories and it’s a great series if you want to relax with three beautiful couples.

Cover Review: I like the cover. We see the consistency with the small-town background, even if I would have imagined Noah and Jilly a little different. But overall, I like it.

About The AuthorLacy Williams

Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at www.lacywilliams.net/vip .

Website  http://www.lacywilliams.net

Twitter  lacy_williams

Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction

Book Review: His Small-Town Girl by Lacy Williams

Title: His Small-Town Girl (Sutter’s Hollow #1)52647791. sy475

Author: Lacy Williams

Published: May 12th 2020

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown

Blurb:

She’s sweet and wholesome. And hiding something.

He’s back home, resurrecting old ghosts.

One of them is going to get hurt.

Molly arrives in Sutter’s Hollow out of gas and out of options. The rundown ranch seems like a perfect place to hide. Except the man who owns it seems just as dangerous as what’s chasing her.

Cord’s mantra growing up? Get out of Sutter’s Hollow. Now he’s back in town, but only long enough to get rid of his grandma’s ball and chain—the ranch. He doesn’t need a complication like Molly, who reminds him of an injured baby bird. He’s no protector. So why can’t he tell her to get lost?

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My Review

Finally I start a series at book 1 and finally I can tell you I did manage to complete all the three books in the same period! Lacy Williams is amazing at creating characters and developing back stories and my love for this series increased with each title.

Book one in the Sutter’s Hollow series focuses on Cord and Molly. He is back in town to sort out some family affairs – selling his grandmother’s ranch and she is running from her past. Well, actually Cord is trying to run from his past in a way. What he actually wants is to finish the renovations of the ranch, sell it and be done with it. He is not in town to make friends or to reconnect. Still, when he sees Molly, he immediately understands there is something wrong – sleeping in her old truck, scarred.

They have a connection which Cord is not willing to admit for most of the book. Molly may seem a bit nosy, as she constantly tries to fix something, weather this something is a truck, a tractor, his life or lifestyle. There is also a bit of an age gap and I like that it is also visible in how the characters act. Molly feels a bit like a teenager sometimes and this gives Cord the breath of fresh air he needs.

Both characters have an intense and interesting past, but Cord’s story is the one that is continues throughout the series, as it affects not only him, but also the other characters that we will read about in books 2 and 3. When he speaks about that difficult night and when he finally has the courage to let it all out, it’s like a weight has been lifted. The atmosphere in the book changes, if you can understand what I mean.

I loved “His Small Town Girl”. It’s an easy and sweet romance, noting on the tense side of the Romance genre. Yes, I think the romance happened a bit too fast and yes, maybe there was not a big enough conflict here, but it is a great book to pass some time, it’s a great town and it speaks about new beginnings. Give it a chance 😉 4 out of 5

Cover Review: It pains me to say I do not like it that much. I like the small town image in the background, I like the colors and the font – it’s all optimistic. But the lady on the cover seems not to belong there somehow. The idea of the book is not necessarily a small town girl. It’s more than that. He is also a small town guy so… ? Title and cover vs content – may be not that great.

Favorite Quote: “It’s okay for you to not be okay”

About The AuthorLacy Williams

Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at www.lacywilliams.net/vip .

Website  http://www.lacywilliams.net

Twitter  lacy_williams

Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction