Cowboy and Indian

Romance - General
96 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2013
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Author Biography

Raised in Los Angeles, Darryl Sollerh grew up with a deep appreciation for its diverse communities and cultures. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and The Santa Monica Mirror, and his most recent works include

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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.

Danita Dyess

“Cowboy and Indian” by Darryl Sollerh isn’t your typical cowboy and Indian story. Yes, it opens with the quintessential scene: a tough cowboy chasing a bolting steer. But that is just the beginning of this romantic fiction. Billy Wilks is a young ranch hand. Ray is also a ranch hand but he is in his 60s and acts like a father figure. One day, Billy’s legs are broken in a car accident. With a huge hospital bill pending, Ray finesses a deal with Mira, an Indian physical therapist. But Billy’s mind is on the beautiful, if not conniving, Sally. When he learns the truth about Sally's true motives, he realizes that he loves Mira. But is it too late? Suddenly, Mira returns to India without telling Billy.

To my surprise, I really liked this book. The cover is intriguing. Sollerh does an excellent job of taking his readers into the world of Silver C Ranch, rodeos and honky-tonk tunes through the use of fast-paced action and colloquial dialogue. He graduated from UCLA and CSUN and has taught literature and ethics at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences. A former resident of Los Angeles, his appreciation for diverse cultures is evident in his books. Throughout the author’s writing career, he has shown a knack for combining two ostensibly different worlds. Sollerh’s other works include “Shadow Game,” “Speculum” and “Trancer.” “Cowboy and Indian” is highly recommended.