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Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Country Tied

Country TiedCountry Tied by Robyn Buttars

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Goodreads' description:
"From a lush valley in the country to a fast-paced city under the California sun, Jenny’s story is a true to life adventure. Mature and disciplined with a competitive spirit, Jenny enjoys working alongside her father.

However, problems arise when her father is injured and she is responsible for the care of the family farm. Matters of the heart become an issue when David captures her attention. After he seemingly drops out of her life as suddenly as he had appeared, Jenny is puzzled and hurt.

She heads off to California for a visit and meets the intriguing, handsome Mic. Stepping into Mic’s upper-class social scene is an ego boost for Jenny until her background and dreams are mocked. Feeling alone in the crowd, Jenny faces choices that could change the course of her life.
This was a clean, short novelette about a young girl coming of age in rural Utah. We see how she handles the adversity of her father's injuries, taking care of the dairy, her first feelings of dawning love and even problems with the self-esteem issues of most young girls. Although I loved this book, some might find the absences of any conflict or action in this story, to be off-putting.

I loved that the author allowed Jenny to come to mature decisions without all the adults "pushing" her to make them. Jenny showed how to handle the pressures of her life with aplomb and gentleness.

I could understand the romance with David, but to tell the truth I think that Jared would make a better love interest. Even though David and Jenny played as children together, David "did" stop coming around or even explain that he was waiting for her to grow a little. Jared also understands her life much better than David. Jenny was extremely naive about her beauty and life in general, but I did see her grow so much in this story.

I highly recommend this book to young teens and even adults who are looking for a nice book.

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