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A Cowboy of Convenience

(Sheridan Sweethearts #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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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 co
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Love Inspired Historicals
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Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
After reading (and loving!) the first book in this series, The Rancher's Temporary Engagement, I was excited to read A Cowboy of Convenience. It did not disappoint.

I loved the setting and concept of the story. It was written very well and held my attention throughout. The main characters from book one made appearances in this novel, which I loved, and it was neat to see how things were going for them.

I really liked the romance in this book and I loved how West was so caring towards Hattie (the
Katie W
Henrie has found her niche writing Westerns and this sweet historical romance is fantastic! The characters are so likable, hardworking, and have hardships to overcome, making them realistic. Vienna wants to make a life on her own with her young daughter, Hattie, and they are definitely sweethearts. West wants to run his own ranch, so a mutual arrangement is most beneficial to all parties involved. The emotion that results from this agreement is unexpected to them, but predictable for the reader, ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
There is a wonderful sense of anticipation throughout the book as we wait for West and Vienna to work up the courage to share their deepening feelings with each other. This is a lovely marriage of convenience story because they are already good friends with each other and have several years of built up trust behind them. They work together well as they build the neglected ranch into a dude ranch that wealthy easterners will pay good money to come visit and experience the western way of life. The ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
What a cute story & such a sweet romance! I’m a sucker for marriage-of-convenience stories – and cowboy stories – so A Cowboy of Convenience was right up my alley!

We first meet West McCall and Vienna Howe in The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement, and their stories – especially Vienna’s captured my attention then even in the smaller secondary roles they played. So I was thrilled to find out that these two are the main characters in A Cowboy of Convenience – a couple of chronological years down the r
In Stacy Henrie’s novel A Cowboy of Convenience, she has once again written in her niche, sweet western romance. Henrie’s story is filled with delightful and relatable characters, as she shows not only the struggles, but the life of hardworking people, and of course a sweet love story too that readers will find absolutely enjoyable. Love Inspired novels are known for having fabulous children in them, and this story is no exception. Children bring a lively and exciting twist to the story that wou ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy marriage of convenience stories, like I definitely do, then A Cowboy of Convenience is a sweet tale that you will want to pick up for yourself! It is the second book in the series. I had not read book one in the series, but was able to jump into this novel with the background information that the author provided in chapter one.

A Cowboy of Convenience actually combines multiple things I love in its premise. Marriage of convenience stories are some of my favorites. However, another pl
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Though I read less and less inspirational romance these days, I chose to read Henrie’s A Cowboy Of Convenience because Harlequin is shutting down its Love Inspired Historical line and I was feeling nostalgic. Like Superromance, I’ve found some authors I’ve loved in it: Lacy Williams, Sherri Shackelford, Karen Kirst, and Alie Pleiter. I hope they’ve found writing pastures and are busy and happy sowing their talents.

Henrie’s Cowboy Of Convenience contains much of what we’ve come to expect of the s
Carole Jarvis
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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 previ
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
So maybe I need to retrain my thinking regarding Love Inspired books, as A Cowboy of Convenience is simply delightful and could easily go toe-to-toe with historical novels published by Bethany House, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, or Zondervan!

The novel opens with Vienna and her daughter living with their friends Edward and Maggy (of The Rancher's Temporary Engagement) and West working as Edward's ranch foreman. That all changes when Vienna gets word that her estranged husband has died, and she is now
Kathryn Cooper
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I felt the emotions of the characters as I went through the story with them. There were many different parts to the characters' story that blended so well together. I happily woke up early in the morning just to read this book!

Vienna and West are the main characters. The story is told by switching to the two characters throughout. I enjoy hearing the personal perspective from both Vienna and West.

Vienna had a past marriage that ended, but she had been blessed with a precious da
Suzie Waltner
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I seem to be reading a lot of books with children in them lately, but man can those little ones add to a story!

Vienna Howe was introduced in Stacy Henrie’s The Rancher’s Temporary Engagement, and I really enjoyed getting to read her story. A woman who endured one horrific marriage to a man who hid his true self from her until after the vows were said, Vienna is determined not to live that life again. But she longs for a home for her and her daughter. West McCall has vowed to protect Vienna after
Brooke Blogs
Full review and post coming to Brooke Blogs on June 8, 2018.

A Cowboy of Convenience by Stacy Henrie is an inspirational historical romance that had my heart pitter-pattering from the start. I was rooting for West and Vienna the whole time. I loved that this book had me smiling and tearing up. There were so many elements that made this a great story. Both Vienna and West had their own doubts and uncertainties to work through. They were trying to navigate a new future together while being unsure i
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vienna Howe has never really had a home of her own, especially after fleeing her abusive husband. She has achieved some sort of contentment working in the kitchen of a ranch where she lives with her little daughter Hattie, when news of her husband’s death upends her little world. She now has a decrepit ranch on her hands, and she cannot afford the repairs with the little money she had saved in hope of one day opening a café or a restaurant. West McCall has always wanted a dude ranch, and when he ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earlier this year I read Stacie Henry's The Rancher's Temporary Engagement, and the spunky Pinkerton detective with a difficult past meets English lordling turned Wyoming rancher romantic adventure. But on the road to that happily-ever-after, there was another character that stood out, unhappily married Vienna Howe. So I was glad to see that this follow up, with Vienna in the lead, made it under the wire before Harlequin ends the Historicals line of their Love Inspired imprint.

Several years have
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, romance
A Cowboy of Convenience by Stacy Henrie

My rating is 4.5 Stars

Weston, aka West, has his demons to fight, namely his inability to see God as a caring Father who loves him unconditionally. His experience with his own father, who cut him off from the family, not allowing any contact, has colored his view of God, which happens so often. Author Stacy Henrie sends him on a touching journey of learning the truth about who God is.

I loved the way that Vienna has grown from the last time we saw her in The
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Cowboy Of Convenience Is a story of trust, love, hardship, parenting and Faith. It is a book that flows gently but fiercely throughout. The two main characters are very comfortable with each other and that is how they were able to make a marriage of convenience. Why do that? Because - - - well that is a serious reason you have got to find out. This story is delightful, elaborate, fabulously faithful to each other and mostly GOD. It isn't flashy or flamboyant quite the opposite. I love this ser ...more
Summer Naylor
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a delightful, marriage of convenience, western romance. I really enjoyed it!
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I sometimes just really want a not too heavy enjoyable story that still is clean uplifts and educates, and this book was perfect for me to read right now! I loved it!
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Cowboy Of Convenience by Stacy Henrie. Vienna Howe is working in the kitchen at a friends ranch with her young daughter. Her husband was in prison and recently died, leaving his ranch to Vienna. The place is run down. Vienna wants a home for her and her daughter. West McCall also works at the ranch and his dream is to run a Dude Ranch. West has always liked Vienna. West ask Vienna to marry him, in name only. That way she can have a home for her and her daughter and he can have a dude ranch. He ...more
Toth Jo-Ann
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
I found the book interesting at times but it dragged at times as well. I enjoyed meeting Vienna and West McCall. The issues were real for that time period. But I found at times it hard to read. It was the way it was written in spots. But the story and the issues make it interesting. For it was a time of change in 1901. Making a business go had to be good and unique. J
Lindsay Bray
5 Stars!!! Such a sweet story. I adored the characters and the setting this took place in. Mrs. Stacy Henrie’s writing was so descriptive. She wrote in a way that you could just picture everything, it was as if I had lived there all my life. Throughly enjoy this Live Inspired Historical book! This one definitely made it into my top 3!
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Stacy Henrie, a USA TODAY bestselling author, has always had a love for history, fiction, and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances. Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a mother to three, Stacy loves to live out history through her fictional characters. In addition to author, she is also a ...more

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