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Always on My Mind

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  17 reviews
1972 - Vietnam, the pill, upheaval, hippies.
Wyoming rancher Cooper Byrnes, deeply attached to the land and his way of life, surprises everyone when he falls for vagabond hippie Cassie Halliday. Fascinated and baffled, he cannot comprehend his attraction—or say the words she wants to hear.

Cassie finds Coop intriguingly different. As she keeps house for him and warms his bed
ebook, 252 pages
Published February 19th 2020 by The Wild Rose Press
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Whispering Stories
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Andrea Downing’s novel Always on My Mind starts in a country/western bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in May of 1972 where a ruggedly handsome rancher, Cooper Byrnes, becomes infatuated with a hippie girl who is obviously just passing through town with her friends. To Cooper, the girl is other worldly. He was first mesmerized by multiple little mirrors surrounded by embroideries that covered her blouse, her auburn hair with little feathers in it, frayed bell
InD'tale Magazine
For readers who enjoy a love story filled with angst and heartbreak, this one will hit the mark! Ms. Downing does a fabulous job of creating life in the early 70s right down to the small objects and music that enveloped that era.

Read full review in the 2020 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Trigger warning: There is an attempted rape scene that could be hard for some to read.

Ground-breaking in terms of romance writing. No romance in the past can compare to this work.

There is a definite connection between Coop and Cassie from the moment they set eyes on each other. The truism, opposites attract, is redefined here. The two of them could be cast in the remake of the Bickersons if Hollywood wants to take it in a western approach. It was remarkable how the two of them could go from argu
For those who are interested in a trip back in time to the 1970s, this is the perfect book! Ms. Downing does a fabulous job of re-creating an era and weaving it deftly into the story without hammering it home.

While the setting and overall story was very well-done, the characters drove me nuts! Neither were written with enough depth to truly understand their actions (or lack thereof.) The biggest problem for me, however, is a personal pet-peeve and guaranteed star dropper. The trope where the co
Hebby Roman
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Downing's book was a strong, emotional read. At times the conflict was so real-life and in your face as to be brutal. The divide between the characters echoed the divide in the U.S. during this time. It is a compelling story, driving you forward, not letting you go. You're desperate for the finish, to find how it turned out. I should know, it kept me up all night! ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story starts in a bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1972. Cassie and her “hippie” friends stop in one night and sparks (as well as fists) fly. Cooper is mesmerized by the other-worldly Cassie. Though he’s warned by his friends that she isn’t his “type”, Coop can’t take his eyes off her. Cassie is a Boston girl heading for Haight Ashbury in California to meet new and different people – but this cowboy is about as different as they come. When he asks her to join him, she agrees. Nine months lat ...more
Cathy Brockman
I am a huge fan of the ’70s, hippies, and ranchers so I jumped at the chance to read this book. There just isn’t enough good '70’s stories or with hippies as main characters. Cassie was so sweet and adorable. She sure as heck endured more from Coop for nine months than I would have.
Coop on the other hand was arrogant a**. At first, I would have marked him antihero but I think he is more misunderstood. I love unique not run of the mill romantic interests and Coop sure was that. Many times, I wan
Darlene Fredette
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars. This book was such an enjoyable read. I really liked how the story starts off with the main characters first meeting, weaving through their relationship, and then to their parting. The story takes the reader through their years apart and finally to a reunion. The author does a great job of holding your attention through the progression of time. A well-developed setting places you in the 1970’s with vivid scenes and language. The main characters are interesting to watch as they grow. Cas ...more
Melanie Adkins
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's 1972, the time of hippies, Vietnam and free love. One of those hippies found herself in Wyoming without a ride to California. A farmer there, Cooper by name, took her in. She cooked and cleaned for him. Occasionally she helped outside too. This hippie, Cassie, knew she was falling in love with Cooper. She had no idea Cooper would continue to be in her life for many years. Though she leaves the farm, Cooper never leaves her mind. Life goes on.
This is a different kind of love story. Well wr
Karen Roma
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Always on My Mind is my first read by Andrea Downing and I’m so glad I gave this new to me author the proverbial go! Set a time when a nation’s feelings about life and world events were often conflicting and cause for friction amongst the masses, this is a story of two very different and real individuals who found temporary solace in each other’s arms. There are confrontational issues that may cause some people distress, but the author addresses this topic with care and compassion. There is plen ...more
Patti Sherry-Crews
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This historical romance set in the 1970's is perfection. It was a time of great division in America and the two main characters, Coop and Cassie, come together with all the tension swirling around that era. He's a stoic western rancher and she's a free-spirited flower child, and the reader just aches for them to overcome their differences.
Always on My Mind is not your ordinary romance. The characters, complex and sometimes flawed, read like real people, and the plot is unpredictable. The big pay
Trully Sunee
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cooper Byrnes is low maintenance and stuck in his ways. He is considered by some to be somewhat of a grouch. He lives a very simple predictive life. That is until Cassie walks into his life.

Cassie Halliday is a bit of a mystery to those in Jackson Hole. She is a hippie and doesn't try to hide it. Boston was where she's from but San Francisco is where she's headed.

Cooper isn't used to the turn of events that has Cassie in his life. He doesn't know whether to embrace her or give her a time limit i
Rosie Amber
3.5 stars

Always On My Mind is a vintage ranch-themed romance. Taking place in the 1970s, the first part of the story is set in Wyoming. Ranch owner Copper is fascinated by a young hippie girl that he meets at a dance in town. She’s traveling with some friends but is not particularly happy, and Cooper offers her a place to stay.

Cassie grew up in Boston and knows very little about farming, but she is happy keeping house for Cooper. However, many local people disapprove of them living together as a
Kat Henry
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is like going back in time. An accurate, and occasionally, heart breaking remembrance of how things used to be. The good old days weren't always that good as it turns out. Downing relates, quite accurately, gender inequality, racial upheaval, women's rights to govern their own bodies and the really big one . . . Vietnam.
These are two memorable characters coming together and never forgetting.
Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews
T.P. Warren
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this unique story set in a time that isn’t written about often. I’ve also never read a romance between a hippie and a cowboy. This one was immensely entertaining. The characters were vivid and relatable. Their story culminates in a satisfying ending that made me want to read another book by Andrea Downing. Highly recommend!
Stephanie Fuller
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story
Not normally my genre but thoroughly enjoyed
Beautiful romance
Noreen Bennett
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Strange book. Didn't hold my attention but continued to read in the hope it would improve. Yes it did. ...more
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A native New Yorker, Andrea Downing currently divides her time between the canyons of city streets and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming. Her background in publishing and English Language teaching has transferred into fiction writing, and her love of horses, ranches, rodeo, and just about anything else western, is reflected in her award-winning historical and contemporary western romances.

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