Country Boy, City Girl
By Christyne B
Jul 8, 2003 - 11:37:00 PM

When city girl Ronnie Hawthorn decides to head to the beauty of a small town in the Missouri Ozarks called Green Springs to start her own arts and crafts business and raise her six year old daughter, she never expected to find love with Dave Darden, a local country boy who just happens to be a millionaire CEO of one of the nation’s biggest chain department stores.

Of course, she also never expected her find herself fighting off the attraction of the local pig farmer, meeting a famous country western singer whose beauty is only surpassed by her wildly mismatched sense of color and a town full of animated and lively folks who have to know everything about anything new in town...and she is the newest thing in their little corner of the world.

With a fast paced and smoothly styled story, I found myself unable to put COUNTRY BOY, CITY GIRL down. I had to keep turning the pages to see how the feisty heroine dealt with motherhood, running her own business and the reawakening of the woman inside her that sprang to life from the moment she literally laid eyes on the sexy hero (I love the comparison the heroine, Ronnie gives to Dave but I won’t spoil it here!) who repeatedly ends up with his foot in his mouth but is determined just the same to find a way to get this woman in his life. A under current of sensuality surrounds these two every moment they are together and when it comes bubbling to the surface, it happens in one of the most creative locales I’ve ever read.

With a fantastic sense of humor and breathtaking descriptions, Cynthianna Appel has created a world that took this reader in from the moment I read the opening words until the wonderfully romantic ending that left me with a smile on my face and a warm spot in my heart.  Her small town of Green Springs is a little spot of heaven on earth and each of her characters are so genuine, warm and loving that one has to believe that Ms. Appel based them on living, breathing human beings she has been blessed to have in her life.


Besides the wonderful cast of characters there are other parts of this story that will stay with you long after you close the back Fred the Bear or the cool green waters of the Meramec River. Perhaps its Huckleberry the orange tomcat or the magic tree...well, you’ll just have to meet them for yourself. Me? I’m off to order a hardcopy of this one, there is an empty spot on my “keepers” shelf that needs to be filled.

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