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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Billy and Ray work as cowhands on the Silver C Ranch in Texas. They both live in small trailers on the land and enjoy the quiet times after a hard day's work with a beer and some good conversation. Billy is badly injured when a vehicle driven by some foster-care kids slams into Ray's truck, and Billy has no insurance to pay the hospital or get the therapy he'll need to learn to walk again. Life has suddenly gotten very complicated. Billy has no idea how he'll meet those bills or continue the payments on his trailer. After he leaves the hospital, Chelsea, the nurse who cared for him in the hospital, suggests that he contact her friend, Mira, who is a licensed physical therapist in India but needs practical experience here in the United States in order to get her license. Mira is willing to work with Billy for reduced rates. Billy's initial truculence, self-pity and frustration is eventually worn down by Mira as he relearns the art of walking and expands his world view.
I relished every minute spent reading "Cowboy and Indian". Billy's friend and fellow cowboy, Ray, is an understated hero who shines out even when paired with the personalities of Billy and Mira. Billy seems somewhat shallow and immature when you first meet him, but, as the story develops, he becomes a caring and complex character. Mira is the perfect foil for him, and the budding relationship between them is a joy to watch. I have greatly enjoyed all of the works I have read of Darryl Sollerh, and this one is certainly no exception.