This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jaycee Allen for Readers' Favorite
In Andrea Downing’s romance, Always on My Mind, vegetarian hippie Cassie Halliday is heading for San Francisco’s Haight-Asbury when, during an evening in a bar in Jackson Hole, she meets Stetson-wearing cattle rancher Cooper Byrnes. Certainly, they would make an unlikely couple, yet, despite her long hair, feathers, bell-bottoms, sandals, and a pocket full of pot, Cassie’s not really a free love, anti-establishment, anti-straight rebel. As for Cooper, despite his family background and narrow horizon, he is no backwoods, small-minded hick. Cassie and Cooper show themselves to be intelligent, honest, hard-working people, and their attraction to each other can’t be denied. Still, notwithstanding their moral strength, when there’s such a great difference between two people, it’s no surprise that the lines of communication come crashing down.
Always on my Mind is a beautifully written book, one that takes us far beyond the usual romance story with its tunnel vision, sugary sweetness, and banal perfect families. Thanks to the conflict between Cassie and Cooper, Andrea Downing can open up a larger world and give us a picture of the west coast in the 1970s. She also presents us with a panoply of interesting characters: delightful Gary and Larry, controlling Brad, bland but deceitful Barb, and traitorous Ty. And, because this is a story that takes place over several years, we can see how an open heart can usher in new knowledge, maturity, forgiveness, and acceptance. But, above all, it is Andrea Downing’s excellence as a writer that takes Always on My Mind beyond tropes and into literature.