Reviewed: 2007-03-11 - (Review Updated: 2007-11-03)
I'm a sucker for a good love story, and this on nearly beats the band!
West Texas is, some people say, the rear end of a mistake!
Not so; just because it is hot, very hot, dry as dust with a lot left over that the ranchers plant their crops one field upwind and let Nature look after the rest. The average rainfall isn't that high, but it comes all at once!
But when I travelled through Lubbok, and stopped at a DinerI was told "Welcome, Stranger, come on in, and set a spell."
The hero is a Rancher, the heroine is an eighteen year old "waitress" who are deovtees of a Celtic Goddess, who fall in love, gather friends, true ones, like ticks on a pig, and find they also have the second sight.
And, of course, they all live happily ever after.
But what happens in between is as good as a story gets.
Oh, if you're looking for a lot of sex, it aint here; well just some, maybe!
I've been waiting for this day - and now we find that there'll be more?! Thank you, Celtic Cowboy!
Love at first sight stories hold a special place in my heart and the story of Scott and Angie is one of the best told that I've read so far. The writing style is nice and fluid and the descriptions of working a ranch in an unforgiving land are vivid.
In some ways the main characters seem almost to be caricatures, but it's not a bad thing. Scott and Angie are GOOD; the coyotes, Sue Bell and Tatum are BAD. It could be simple and straight forward, if it weren't for the way in which the story is told. The rhythm of the story has left me waiting for each new chapter since I first discovered it.
Last September one of my readers emailed me and asked if I would take a look at something he'd written and tell him what I thought of it. I told him he was a hell of a storyteller and he needed to get a good editor. Oh, and to add a little suspense to a specific part of the story.
Well, he's just posted the final chapter, which I got a chance to see before it was submitted. I have a hard time believing how much he has blossomed and matured as a writer.
Hummingbird is a nickname Scott Miles gives a waitress who keeps flitting around the table when he and his buddy Stan stop to get something to eat before their half day trek home. It takes place in Texas, where everything's a half day from here. Scott's kind of slow. It takes till he gets home for him to figure out that she's the girl for him, despite being gorgeous, younger and that he doesn't even know her name. Of course, Stan has informed most of the town of Scott's new love by the time Scott decides to go in search of his Hummingbird.
The more the story goes on, the more the two of them realize that they were made for each other. They just fit too well, they have too many similarities in their lives and the way they live to be called coincidences.
Of course, everything isn't wine and roses. Angie (the Hummingbird's real name) has an evil stepmother who's out to kill her, and has help in her crooked lawyer and slimy boyfriend. Even mother nature tries her hand at pulling them apart.
Some sex, and what there is is good, but it's not a stroke story. It's a story about two people who were meant to be and the story of how they make it happen. It's a great first story and I'm looking for lots more from Celtic Cowboy.