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Samantha and the Cowboy

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  672 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
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With her heart thundering, Samantha Reynolds read the notice that someone had tacked to the wall outside the general store. A hundred dollars seemed like a fortune. What she wouldn't

Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published (first published April 30th 2002)
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This book is part of the Avon teen historical romance series. I picked it up because I enjoyed a couple of other books in the series (by a different author, though), and hoped for the same quality from another author. No such luck. I guess the cheesy cover should have been my first clue.

This was a great idea, poorly executed. There was so much potential - a girl poses as a boy to get a job driving cattle, suffers hardships and danger, and falls in love with a cowboy along the way. This should ha
Jul 21, 2015 Carson rated it it was amazing
Though I read this several years ago, I still remember every second of reading this highly addictive book.
Samantha and the Cowboy is a book featured in the now out of print series Avon True Romance for Teens, all of which are historical fiction, each talking place in a different location and time.
Samantha and the Cowboy takes place in the days of the Wild West. Her father has died, leaving them unable to even pay for the burial, let alone proper shelter, clothing, or food. Samantha, the oldest,
Mar 23, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot better than I thought it would be; and it took me a lot less time to finish than I thought it would as well. It not only taught me about the cattle drives in the 1860s, but I also learned that you can do anything you want to do if you just put your mind to it and work hard.
The thing I liked about this book was that even though Matt didn't know Sam, he still cared. I also like how it's so much like Mulan the Disney Movie. In some ways it's different; like how this is western,
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avon True Romance presents Harlequin-style fare: beautiful people fall in love at first sight and then must overcome some conflict to be together, the conflict usually being that one of them already has a significant other. In this series, the beautiful people happen to be young adults.

In Samantha and the Cowboy, a southern belle who has spent much of the war supporting her family and doing a man's work disguises herself as a boy and joins a cattle herding expedition to make the $100 her family
Oct 04, 2009 Lexie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
For all the fact it was meant as a teenage romance novel, the book very easily could have been a regular historical romance (if you changed the ages of the hero and heroine that is). Its not racy, but in almost every other respect the romance was handled in a decidedly mature way, as was the plot.

Samantha, or Sam as she's known for the better part of the book, is just like any other teen girl. True her formative years were spent taking care of her family during the Civil War, with her father de
Sep 28, 2012 Jadaloves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After seeing an advertisement for a cattle drive that will pay 100 bucks upon completion, Samantha thinks its just the opportunity to pay off her family’s debt at the local store, and ease some of her mother’s burdens. But when her brother Ben, who lost an arm in the war, refuses to go, she chops her hair, dons her younger brother’s clothes, and becomes Sam the greenhand, and sets out to help her family. She is paired with Matt, who has been charged with helping her become a productive hand. But ...more
Susan Ross
Dec 15, 2016 Susan Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet book. The ages bothered me but after reading a few of the reviews I found out it was a book for teens. I kept thinking, this would be a great book if the main characters were a couple of years older. I guess I should have looked at the audience designation on the front cover. I enjoyed the book anyway, just changed their ages in my head.
Apr 01, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1866 in the small town of Faithful, Texas, and sixteen-year-old Samantha Reynolds is desperate. Every since her father died, the family has struggled to keep their farm running. They've fallen into debt, and her older brother, still bitter over the loss of an arm in the Civil War, refuses to find a job to help out the family. Samantha is determined to help her overburdened mother, but the scheme she comes up with is risky. She cuts her hair and disguises herself as a young boy, "Sam," and i ...more
This is an adorably cute book! Samantha Jane wants to help her family earn some much needed money. Her father passed away 3 years earlier and her brother returned from the war (Civil War) missing an arm, so the family is lacking in men. Her brother can do the work, but he is still bitter over the loss of his arm.
Samantha decides to become Sam and claim to be a boy so that she can go on a cattle drive and earn $100 for her family. She makes the crew, but spends her time fearing her secret will be
If you want some epic, complex saga with complex, far-out story lines, keep looking. This story was short, simple, perhaps a bit cliche....and that's why I liked it! There's a reason why certain story lines---like the whole "girl dresses up as a boy to fool her peers, and ends up falling for one"--are done over and over again....because they work! I liked it in Mulan, I liked it in some 80s movie whose name I can't recall ('Just One of the Guys', I think?), and I liked it here. And as for the si ...more
Needing to earn money to support her family, Samantha Reynolds disguised herself as a boy to get a job on a cattle drive. One young cowboy, Matthew Hart, decides to hire Sam for the drive. He feels responsible for the young greenhorn and teaches Sam how to be a good cowhand. But when Matt discovers that Sam is a girl, he is furious. As his feelings for her become stronger, he doesn't know whether to keep her secret or reveal his feelings for her.

This is a cute story that young, teenage girls sho
Dec 31, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right after the Civil War, Samantha's family is hard up for cash with their father gone and their farm failing. When Samantha sees an ad at the store to join a herding group for one hundred dollars, she cuts her hair and steals some of her brother's clothes to join. But what she doesn't expect is to fall for her fellow cowboy, Matt, who has been put in charge of teaching her the ropes.

This was a unique romance in that half the book was spent with one half of the couple not knowing what was going
I quite enjoyed this book... It was just a breezy, no brainer kind of book. It made me smile at all the right times and "The Evita stuff made me tingle." (Ten gajillion fake bonus points to who ever can guess that reference!)

But seriously... I loved that it was just the right mix of romance, history and adventure. :)

And I am blaming Cynthia Hand for my current obsession with cowboys. After reading Unearthly I just want to pick up all cowboy books and fall in love with all of them. :)
Dec 24, 2010 Maja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing that really stuck with me throughout this entire book was how predictable it was. There were no suprises, nothing you couldn't forsee. It was a young girl who pretended to be a boy in order to earn money for her family. But she falls in love with one of the cowboys and he discovers her secret. Ba-da! Not very original - just think about Tamora Pierce's 'Alanna'. Or Disney's 'Mulan'. So no, not original. It was also quite short, and as a result of this the story, the characters and ...more
May 27, 2011 Taylor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cute-and-fun
I am NOT a fan of romance (with the exception of some outstanding novels with romantic subplots). Still, this book was enjoyable - not necessarily the romantic side of it, but it was kind of like a romantic comedy. I loved the humor in it! I'm a small-town girl and a lot of my friends are cowboys, so I understand a lot of the situations Samantha got herself - they're very realistic and hilarious when happening to another person/character haha! =D
If you like romantic comedy and historical fiction
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Sep 27, 2011 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loveydovey
Great young adult historical fiction love story. I especially like stories where the girl hides her identity as a boy to accomplish something great. The only reason I gave it four stars was because I didn't agree with the two being in the water together, skinny dipping, even though they didn't even touch each other. Fun, quick read.
Dec 27, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-bookshelf
This was a cute, fast read. I love Lorraine Heath! I was a little put off with the ages of the main characters and was slightly disappointed that there were no love scenes, but then I read somewhere that this was a YA. Not so disappointed anymore! :) Overall though the story was pretty good. Nothing too big and devastating happened but it was good none-the-less
Amanda Sheila
I loved this book.

For a second I though this book's going to be like Mulan, but in the end, definitely not. I loved the way Matthew treated Sam, even though he could be such a snob sometimes but he's very sweet. I liked him.

I still can't get over the way Samantha's older brother, Benjamin, treated his family. I wish there'll be his own book.

Overall I enjoyed this book so much. Good one!
Aug 11, 2014 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-read-2014
I really enjoyed this book! I really like this author in general. But throw in historical fiction and what if situations with strong female characters, and I am rolling over and rubbing my own belly.

Imagine a woman disguising herself as a boy to go on a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas (?) back in the 1800s.

Jun 21, 2011 Nellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-action
I loved it! Action packed and very fun. Clean all the way through, no cussing that I recall. I would let my teen daughter read this. ( A little french kissing is all) Very romantic. I enjoyed the story line, and the characters. The ending seemed like it could have continued a bit farther, all in all...very good. I will look forward to reading Lorraine Heath again.
Jul 23, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
not gonna lie, yes i kniw this is fluffy romance junk...but i still really love the whole series. this one isnt my favorite...but there was a sexy cowboy and some nakedness so.......

still worth the read!!!!!
That One Geek Girl
A nice blast from the past for me. I loved the Avon True Romance series for teens when I was in middle school. Ten years later, I still enjoyed this sweet and squeaky clean romance. Nothing groundbreaking or great, but still a quick and enjoyable read.
May 16, 2015 Diane rated it it was ok
Not what I expected

I have enjoyed most of the author's novels. This book is well written but reads more like a short story for young adults. For a teen, I think it's fine. As an adult it wasn't as enjoyable as Heath's other books.
Great book! Turns out I read this several years ago (before I discovered goodreads!). Interesting plot paired with a strong and independent heroine paired with a kind but tortured hero, great book. Definitely recommend.
Jun 14, 2011 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A fun and chaste romance. I do occassionally enjoy these.
Aug 03, 2015 Juliewheatcox.Net rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great young adult romance. I loved that Samantha was such a strong character and accomplished everything she set her mind on.
Jul 25, 2011 Kasey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. Nothing really stands out about it but it was just a good quick read that held my attention. It's a teen romance book with a cute story.
Ashley Downey
Jun 16, 2014 Ashley Downey rated it really liked it
Great Book

This was the fifth book from this series that I had read. It was great book and I loved it.
Amber JoLynn
May 12, 2009 Amber JoLynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good. Who doesn't love a good story of forbidden romance? Especially when the romance is forbidden because the girl is pulling a twelfth night?
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