Nom de Plume Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Western Song from Leigh Podgorski in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
Contemporary Western Love Story about a bull riding rancher and his deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride. As she discovers the power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.
First Line: “The young woman emerged from the taxi, her appearance as wispy as the fog that shrouded the railroad station that loomed behind her.”
An unlikely love story between two people who are brought together in the most unconventional way.
Weston Beaudurant is a rodeo cowboy, consumed by guilt over losing a friend and fellow rodeo rider, Cody Goode. As Weston begins the process of going through his deceased friend’s estate, it is brought to his attention that his friend had planned to marry a Thai immigrant who would be arriving to their town in a matter of days.
Being a true gentleman (*ahem*), Weston takes it upon himself to meet this woman at the train station, not expecting to meet a lady whose beauty and confidence would forever change his life.
Song Phan-Rang arrives to her new life where she is greeted by the quiet best friend of her late fiancé. Intrigued by this cowboy, Song doesn’t hesitate to welcome him into her life. As the two spend more time together, Song quickly proves to him that she is more than just a woman who can successfully manage a household. Weston becomes impressed with Song’s adaptability and natural abilities as both a rider and a rancher, and soon realizes that his own heart is becoming quite attached the foreign beauty.
As Song flourishes in America, Weston learns that he is not the only one intrigued by her prowess. Will Song and Weston be able to successfully bring their hearts together as one? Methinks the differences that allured them to one another will be the exact force that drives them apart. 😉 Hur hur.
I flove the cultural touch here. Unfortunately, some chapters are all dialogue, while others are giant blocks of text, and that’s super distracting for me. There is a lot of information dumping. In everything, there has to be balance. Song’s story is super charming and endearing, but the text in general isn’t very captivating. Very promising and a great read, but at the same time, very anticlimactic.