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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Cowboy & the Cheerleader is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction, interpersonal drama, and romance sub-genres, and was penned by author Mary Allen Redd. In a drama that spans many years and shows us how life can deliver many unexpected twists, turns, and surprises, we follow our titular characters through the decisions they make to move apart, but which ultimately lead them back together. As Elaine chooses the skyscrapers of Manhattan over her small-town love, Andy’s ranching dreams come true in Utah. But the parts of them which they left behind can still be found once fortune brings them back to a reunion.
Author Mary Allen Redd has crafted a touching and expansive drama that will certainly warm the hearts of all who read it. One of the things I particularly enjoyed about the book was its sense of realism, from the tough decisions that coming of age brings, right through to those stark realizations that the things we wanted might not be the important ones after all. With this deep message running through the novel’s events, we are drawn closer to our central characters through intimate narration and telling speech and thought presentation. The author allows us to emote alongside Elaine, rooting for her as her life takes unexpected turns, and feeling every beat of her heart. What results in an accomplished interpersonal drama with some truly touching moments. I would highly recommend The Cowboy & the Cheerleader to fans of realistic women’s fiction with plenty of emotional intelligence.