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Jenna's Cowboy (The Callahans of Texas Book #1): A Novel by [Gillenwater, Sharon]
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Can you ever get a second chance at your first love?

Jenna Callahan Colby thought she was content. A partner on her father's successful ranch, she is surrounded by family and friends. But she never expected to see Nate Langley back in town--the first guy she ever noticed, the one her father sent away all those years ago.

And she never thought the attraction they felt would be as strong as ever.

Jenna's cowboy has some healing of his own to do, though, after two tours of duty in the armed forces. With the help of good friends, strong faith, and a loving family, he hopes to put the horrors of the past behind him--and become the man Jenna deserves.


"A slice of American life--as current as today and as timeless as love always is. Both tender and realistic."--Lyn Cote, author, Texas Star of Destiny series

"A delightful yet realistic romance. Highly recommended, especially for returning vets and their ladies."--Gayle Roper, author, A Stranger's Wish


Sharon Gillenwater was born and raised in West Texas, and loves to write about her native state. The author of several novels, she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. When she's not writing, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their son, daughter-in-law, and adorable grandchildren.

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EXCERPT FROM CATALOG Jenna held her breath as he climbed out of the pickup and slowly walked around the front of it. Wow . . . He wasn't the six foot tall, rangy cowboy she used to know. This man was all muscle. His snug, blue, short-sleeved T-shirt emphasized his physique. She had to force herself not to stare at his broad shoulders and thick, solid arms. He moved fine, so he must not have suffered any permanent injury to his leg. A pink scar on the back of his forearm stood out against his dark tan, but it didn't seem to bother him. He crossed his arms and leaned against the truck fender with a smile, his silver-gray eyes twinkling. Jenna's heart skipped a beat. How could his eyes have gotten even more beautiful? He scanned the jack waiting near the right rear of the pickup, the tire-iron still hanging on a lug-nut, and the spare tire lying on the ground. As he brushed a strand of light sandy brown hair off his forehead, his gaze flickered to the ice cream before meeting hers. "Refueling?" She laughed and stood, walking over to meet him. "I couldn't get the tire off, and the ice cream was melting. Didn't see any sense in wasting it." Setting the carton in the truck bed, she swallowed the sudden lump in her throat. "Welcome home." Something flashed in his eyes, then he lowered his arms and straightened, taking a step closer. "Don't I get a hug?" Was his voice a little thicker? Jenna hesitated for a second, then chided herself. This was Nate, her friend. And he was home safe and sound. Quick tears stung her eyes. Thank you, Lord. "You bet."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LNH54G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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By Jo-Anne B. TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 4 2014
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Jenna Callahan Colby and her young son move back to live with her parents on their ranch after a bad divorce. She is now a partner running her father's ranch along with her brothers. Nate Langley comes back home after 2 tours over in Iraq and is working part-time at the Callahan ranch. They had a crush on each other in high school but didn't let the other know about their feelings. Once they see each other, they realized they still have feelings for each other but continue to hide the feelings.

Nate has PTSD and is embarrassed by his behavior when he hears loud noises or sees fire. The author researched PTSD in depth and shared that information with her readers making this story easy to understand.

There are a lot of references to Christianity/spirituality, etc. in this book. While I realize it is a Christian romance novel there seemed to be an almost excessive amount of Christian references. While I appreciate that the characters relied on God and their faith to see them through hard times, occasionally it seemed a bit unrealistic. It seem like just praying to God about their problems would solve them.

The only thing I really didn't like or find believable in this story was that Nate hadn't even kissed a girl and he was 29! I found it hard to feel the love between Nate and Jenna because there was absolutely no sex scenes. Sex was not even discussed! It would have been better if they at least talked about choosing to not have sex for religious reasons.

Recommended for anyone who likes a Christian western romance.
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This is the first time I have had the opportunity to read Sharon Gillenwater's work and I was not disappointed. This book is a very easy and quick read (I read it in two days). There were a couple of plots within the book, a military personnel coming home from the war, his trials and tribulation as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the start of his recovery, his budding romance with a former high school crush, and all the various family dynamics within the two families involved in the book. Even with all this going on, the book flowed wonderfully.

It was released January 2010 by Revell Books, a divison of Baker Publishing and is the first book in Gillenwater's series entitled, The Callahans of Texas. Book Two, Emily's Chance is tentatively scheduled for release in September 2010. I look very forward to reading it!

If you like Christian fiction, particularly romance and real-life issues, you will enjoy this book. I give a huge thumbs up!
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Sweet story of two people who were friends in school but lost contact over the years and then reconnected. I loved the family relationship between everyone, really felt like I got to know a lot of them, but there was a lot of people mentioned that at times it was hard to remember who everyone was. I really enjoyed the interaction of Nate and Zach, but had a hard time believing that Zach was only two, the way he acted seemed a bit older. I liked that Jenna and Nick were honest with each other about what they were feeling. This book helped me understand PTSD a bit more. I didn't enjoy how the book seemed to switch from first person to narration, this made it more difficult to follow at times. I connected with the characters and will be reading the next books in the series to see where their stories take them.
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A beautifully Christian western romance. The cowboy returned from war, with so many issues and fesrs but God in His unfailing love healed him and brought love and peace into his heart.
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