About this book

A Cowboy at Heart, an engaging Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, weaves a clever and romantic tale of new starts and second chances.

1886–Jesse Montgomery is beginning to feel restless. Though he’s grateful to his friends Colin and Emma for helping him get on his feet again after a few bad choices and some hard living, surely the Lord doesn’t want him to stay in Apple Grove forever. Doesn’t the Almighty have plans for this reformed rowdy cowboy to build a life of his own?

When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Lovely Katie Miller, the young healer in the district, attends to him while trying to guard her heart. This sweet Amish widow cannot risk falling in love with an Englisch cowboy, charming though he may be. And yet–she believes God has a life for her too that is more than what she can presently see. Could there be a future with Jesse only He could bring about?

The Interview

Welcome to the first Google Hangout On Air interview! I’m so excited to do this first online interview with Ginny Smith. In 2008, she put a request for influencers to the ACFW Book Club group for her new book Stuck in the Middle. This not only introduced me to a wonderful writer and expanded the genres I read, but I meant a wonderful godly woman. I had great fun today doing this interview.

My Review

Once again Copeland and Smith take us to 1800’s Kansas and the Amish community of Apple Grove and back with dear friends, the Switzer Family. In this installment we see a lot more of Jonas Switzer, his passion for his family and his faith. We also see the side of Jonas as he struggles with the principles of his faith in the face of adversity. Maummi Switzer, though slowing down some in her old age, is still feisty and always ready with a proverb to fit any situation. In this edition we get to know Katy Miller the young widow of Samuel Miller, and daughter-in-law of Bishop Miller. Also in the spotlight is Jesse Montgomery, Luke’s cow hand from the first book, and the object of Rebecca’s journey in book two.

I found Katy’s story especially touching. She faced several heartaches, that many women face today, however, women today have so many resources that weren’t available to women in the 1800’s. Jesse’s story is also a familiar one, he was an alcoholic struggling to stay sober. But one thing about Jesse is he will have some fun, especially with Maummi Switzer. There are some great dialog between the two of them. The authors also did a great job of adding some twists to the story that I did not see coming.

There is so much more I could say about this book. Copeland and Smith write a story with several subplots that tie everything together and move the main story along. Even though this story deals with some more serious topics than the previous books, there are some fun and lighthearted moments. One particular scene had me rolling on the floor laughing and cheering for Jesse.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book, is it appears to be the last in the Apple Grove Series.

Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.

The Give Away

Leave a comment with your home state and on June 30th I’ll pick a winner. Be sure to check out “Rules Page”

36 Replies to “A Cowboy at Heart – Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith Interview and Give Away”

  1. I enjoy reading books from the late 1800’s and I like Amish books. Never read a combination and it sounds like a great combination.

    Jo from Southern Arizona

  2. I’ve read several of Lori’s books – look forward to see what the 2 authors have put together!

    An OKIE living in Donna, TX but doing missions in Nicaragua for the next 3 months!

  3. I would love to win this Sounds interesting. Please put my name in. I am MAXIE from TX. I love Amish book and also Westerns, so this should be a good one. Maxie mac262(at)me)dot)com

  4. I would love to add this book to our library collection.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.

  5. I enjoyed the on-air interview. It was really a good opportunity to meet Virginia Smith. Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to win a copy of A Cowboy at Heart.
    I live in Tennessee.

  6. I have so been wanting to read this book and review it! I live in North Carolina. Thank you for the interview and giveaway!



  7. I think it would be a fantastic book. They are great authors. Thank you for entering me in your giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson in Louisiana

  8. I like this author and the era that she writes here is my kind of reading, would love to be in your drawing, I stopped over from the Bookclub Network…thanks for sharing
    Paula O
    reader from Ga

  9. I’m looking forward to reading this book and winning it would be super. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.
    from TN

  10. I’d love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest
    Cindi from Pennsylvania

  11. We live on a small farm and I love this type of read. Thanks for a chance to win this. Nancy from Madison, Indiana

  12. I read the first book and really enjoyed it. Would love to win and read this third book. I have the second book in my TBR pile. Thank you for the chance.
    Karen G for New York

  13. I enjoyed the interview and would love to win a copy of A Cowboy at Heart.
    I live in Texas, thank you.


  14. Lori Copeland is a favorite of mine, so I’d love to win A COWBOY AT HEART. Thank you for the opportunity.

  15. I would love a chance to win Lori Copeland’s book. I enjoy reading her books. Thank you for the opportunity.
    Kay from NY

  16. I haven’t read any of these in the series, but I am heading to the library to get the others. I can’t wait to read them all. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this give-away!
    Dawn from TN

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