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Lone Star Woman (Campbell-Strayhorn Dynasty #1)

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First in a SEXY new series about a TEXAN ranching DYNA STY— from an exciting debut author

Jude Strayhorn, the smart, free-spirited daughter of the Circle C Ranch’s CEO, is snooping around the nearby abandoned 6-0 Ranch when she encounters a stranger. Accusing him of trespassing, she quickly discovers he’s the heir to the 6-0 and has every intention of thwarting her plans t
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Signet (first published 2009)
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Sandy M
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, western
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Sadie Callahan is a pseudonym for Anna Jeffrey. I’ve only read one of Ms. Jeffrey’s books, so I was curious when I came across Lone Star Woman. There isn’t an underlying mystery or that type of thing in this book. It’s about a woman who has trained and worked and waited her life to someday be able to take over a portion of her father’s ranch, pull her weight, do what she feels she’s destined to do. Falling in love along the way really wasn’t in the plan, ...more
Krystle ~A Booknatic~


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all of its characters. Ms. Jeffrey does a great job with the description of the settings and also the emotions that they are projecting.

You've got Jude Strayhorn in her late 20's, living on a cattle ranch with her father and grandfather – whom also have raised her – she's got a soft exterior, but inside she's actually pretty tough. She's been engaged twice, both by the completely wrong man. Her “parents” so to speak, are just trying to do what's right by her a
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Wendy Keel
Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it
This book would have been good, however the ending really really really teed me off. It left too many things up. I felt like I was missing about 6 more pages of story. I now know that Ms. Callahan will be continuing the story in her next book, out in 2010 but that doesn't really help me now. I'm not sure if my thoughts would have differed had I know that going in or not, because the rest of the book, while slow at first was enjoyable. However the ending just turned me off completely. Others may ...more
Ellen Ramey
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! One of my very favorite Anna Jeffrey novels. I loved the characaters and the complexity of their relationships. My only wish is the story had carried on a bit farther in the Epilogue. Thank you, Ms. Jeffrey! 5 stars :)
Jane Stewart
3.5 stars. Enjoyable reading throughout the book, but the ending felt unfinished and not romantic enough.

STORY BRIEF:
The Strayhorn family is one of the richest in West Texas. They have a huge cattle ranch. Jude’s mother ran off shortly after Jude was born. Jude grew up lonely, a single child. Her dream is to take over the running of the family ranch. She obtained college degrees in agriculture and genetics to prepare her for this. Her father won’t give her the job. He claims it a man’s work. He
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Lindsay
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
The only reason this book retains a 3-star rating is because the chemistry rates a 5+ stars.

The heroine, Jude, is shown to be a very strong, idealistic, and mostly independent woman. I wanted to like her, I really did. But I ended up hating her. In spite of being strong and smart, she is constantly bending to her family's will for her. Somehow, she never gets mad at them. The few times she does get mad at her family for ruining her life (literally), she ends up telling herself that SHE'S the one
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Nancy
Went into this read blind thinking it might be a sell back but no way. This story never let up and was totally engrossing. Nice surprise find for me! Recommended.
Ginger
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judy is the privileged, but unlucky in love, heir to one of the largest ranches in Texas. Her dream of running the ranch seems like it is just that, a dream. Her father thinks that running a ranch is man’s work. Judy decides to use her money to buy a neighboring land and start her own spread instead. Unfortunately, the land has been left to the handsome but down on his luck Brady.
Brady is a hardworking man that learned the hard way how much trouble rich women can be. After going through a messy
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Kristi
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I found the main female character refreshing. Not what you'd expect from someone who's life is set for the rest of their life and their children's children. Brady was fun to read and get to know as well. And I also liked the fact that the author used something outside of the box (at least to me) as one of his prior jobs.

The ending was kind of off, it's almost like the author just stopped writing. There is one more book to this "series". Hope I can locate it and see i
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Penny Ramirez
Apr 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Ick. Schlock. And not a romance, to boot, since there was no Happily-ever-after, which as far as I know is a requirement for the genre!

It seemed to me as though the author looked at several "formulas" and took bits and pieces that she liked, but then didn't know how to make them work. Lots of unnecessary backstory that went nowhere, lots of plot complications that went nowhere. Completely contrived ending, even more hurried than a Star Trek episode.

I guess I should be glad I saved this one for l
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Tressa
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I loved this book. I loved the setting and I loved the characters (Jude and Brady). I quite enjoyed the slow and complex development of Jude and Brady's relationship. I did have some issues with how Jude handled her father's and grandfather's expectations, but I'm not certain what else she could have done. I wish the ending had been more definitive, but the author has said this is the first book in a trilogy. I hope that Jude and Brady show up again in the second book.
Amy
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Interesting -- contemporary western romance set in the heart of Texas. Even though I gave it a mediocre rating, I sincerely hope there is a 2nd book and think there might be because of the way the book ended.
Victoria
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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