Inspirational books for women have a decidedly new look these days. What used to be sweet, romantic novels featuring chaste love and delicate sensibilities have given way to contemporary situations and outlooks. This is not your grandmother’s Grace Livingstone Hill books.
In “The Reluctant Cowgirl,” by Christine Lynxwiler, Crystal McCord is an up and coming off-Broadway actress on the verge of discovery when a family crisis in Arkansas calls her home. Although memories of tragedy await her at her parent’s ranch, Crystal knows her family is depending on her to help out, so she puts on a brave face and plunges into her hardest acting job ever – pretending to be happy to be home.
Set in a small East Texas town, “Texas Heat,” by Debra White Smith, is an unusually gritty, suspense-filled tale of deceit, embezzlement and murder that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.