Sunday, July 03, 2005

COW CRIMES AND THE MUSTANG MENACE by Sharon Dunn



Captain's Log, Stardate 07.03.2005

COW CRIMES AND THE MUSTANG MENACE by Sharon Dunn

From the back cover:

Investigating a series of bizarre ranch thefts, dealing with the expectations of a Betty Crocker mom, and entering a recipe in the Potato Festival cookoff, have Ruby Taylor in over her flaming red head. When an outsider turns up dead, it’ll take more than a steaming mocha espresso—and her unpredictable yet intriguing Wesley—to save Ruby from the danger.

Camy here:

Once again, Ruby Taylor saves the day with her unique brand of strength and sass, flavored with the bittersweet of her inner fears and insecurities. It all makes for a very likable, sympathetic character.

I thought that this book sparkled with more humor than the other two. Ruby’s sarcasm knows no bounds, and some scenes border on slapstick.

In contrast, this book also seemed to delve deeper into the intricacies of a relationship between a godly man and woman. Ruby faces her preconceived notions and the struggle to be authentic and vulnerable rather than hide behind her usual self-sufficiency.

The ending is satisfying without being cheesy. The book entirely lived up to my expectations of an entertaining, engrossing read.

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