Monday, June 4, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: A Cowboy of Convenience by Stacy Henrie

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

A Cowboy of Convenience
(Sheridan Sweethearts #2)
By Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 Pages
June 1st 2018 by Love Inspired Historical

Groom by Agreement

A real home--it's what Vienna Howe dearly wants for her young daughter. Yet the ramshackle property she just inherited hardly qualifies. She can't afford the repairs--until foreman West McCall suggests they start a dude ranch together. For propriety's sake, they'll need a marriage in name only...a practical solution for two wary hearts.

Years ago, West convinced Vienna to marry a man of means, never realizing how cruel her husband could be. Guilt-ridden, he intends to secure the lovely widow's future. But despite his reluctance to get close to anyone, this union might do more than fix Vienna's ranch. It could open the door to a warm, loving future...

My Thoughts

For sweet romance that entertains and inspires, Stacy Henrie is an excellent author, always consistent, and I’ve loved everyone of her books that I’ve read so far. The Sheridan Sweethearts series especially strikes a chord with me, and A Cowboy of Convenience has the perfect balance of rich characterization, historical detail, emotion, and inspiration. The story easily stands alone, but it was wonderful to see Edward and Maggie from the previous story, The Rancher's Temporary Engagement (click on title to see my review).

Henrie’s stories often have an element of suspense, but I loved that A Cowboy of Convenience is purely relationship driven. Vienna and West are two lonely and insecure people, drawn together in a marriage of convenience for the purpose of achieving their goals. It was so refreshing to see, rather than constant arguments and miscommunication, a steadily growing friendship that blossoms into something more. I also loved the dude ranch setting and how Henrie draws from historical detail about three brothers who operated the first dude ranch in North Dakota.


The safest course, the surest way to avoid
disappointment or heartache, was to quit asking God
for those things he deeply desired.
- West

The characters, even secondary ones, are richly drawn and feel real. West’s view of God’s love is flawed because of his relationship with his father, feeling that doing what is expected or desired brings love. Vienna, feeling weak and insecure from a past of spousal abuse, learned that not only did she have inner strength and abilities, but that they were magnified through God’s grace. Vienna’s daughter, Hattie, stole my heart and her relationship with “Daddy West” is so very touching!

One theme that West discovered, and that especially resonated with me, is the reminder that God’s love is always unconditional, never hinging on anything we could ever do to deserve it.

A Cowboy of Convenience is a thoroughly enjoyable read in every way and I look forward to much more from Stacy Henrie. There’s actually a secondary character from the dude ranch in North Dakota that I’d love to see developed.

Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Other Books in the Series

The Rancher's Temporary Engagement
(Sheridan Sweethearts #1)
By Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 Pages
February 1st 2018 by Love Inspired Historical

Undercover Fiancée

The Pinkerton agent that Edward Kent hired is intelligent, capable—and unexpectedly female! Though shocked to learn that Maggy Worthing will be investigating the threats to his Wyoming horse ranch, Edward needs to find the culprit. And if that means a temporary engagement to give Maggy a cover story, he’ll play along with the feisty detective.

Maggy always gets her man—at least when it comes to solving crimes. The young widow refuses to marry again and land under another husband’s thumb. Unmasking Edward’s enemies will earn her a longed-for promotion…but the heart has its own mysteries. Could working together with the handsome English aristocrat spark a real and loving partnership?

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a $40 Amazon e-gift card (open internationally)
- 1 winner will receive a signed print copy of THE RANCER'S TEMPORARY ENAGEMENT (US only)
- Ends June 13th


  1. So excited that you really enjoyed this one, Carole! And if you're wanting to read more about Alec ;), he does get his own story in my book that releases in February.

  2. I love the cover, it's really inviting me to take a look inside!

  3. Thanks for the post, looks like a good read :)

  4. Thanks for the review and for the chance at the giveaway!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  5. This book sounds like a great one! Thanks so much for sharing your review!


  7. Thanks for the lovely review, Carole! And yes, Alec will be the hero of the final book in the series. :)

  8. I love your cover. Good luck on the tour and thanks for the awesome giveaway.