The Heart of a Cowboy by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Linnea Newberry longs to be taken seriously as a scientist, so she is excited to travel on the Santa Fe Trail with her grandfather, botanist Dr. Howell.  However, situation after situation threatens to send her packing.  After a particularly harrowing disaster, her grandfather hires Flynn McQuaid as a bodyguard for Linnea.  Flynn has sworn off all women after his mother passed away in childbirth.  But as he gets to know Linnea more and more, he starts to wonder if perhaps he could make an exception to his rule about women.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Purchase Links


Baker Book House

Barnes and Noble


Christian Book

My Thoughts

Jody Hedlund once again knocks it out of the park!  I have greatly enjoyed this series so far and this second book is a wonderful addition to the series.  I really liked Linnea for her spunk, her tenacity, and her passion.  The chemistry she has with Flynn is perfect and the right amount of romance for this western tale.  The author did a great job of balancing the independence of Linnea against the knight-in-shining-armor heroism of Flynn.  There is some exciting action packed among the romance and the Civil War era is interesting to read.  I also liked the theme of trusting in God despite our own human fears.  I really loved this novel and look forward to the next one.  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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