Friday, September 27, 2013

Country Tied by Robyn Buttars

From a lush valley in the country to a fast-paced city under the California sun, Jenny’s story is a true to life adventure. Mature and disciplined with a competitive spirit, Jenny enjoys working alongside her father.

However, problems arise when her father is injured and she is responsible for the care of the family farm. Matters of the heart become an issue when David captures her attention. After he seemingly drops out of her life as suddenly as he had appeared, Jenny is puzzled and hurt.

She heads off to California for a visit and meets the intriguing, handsome Mic. Stepping into Mic’s upper-class social scene is an ego boost for Jenny until her background and dreams are mocked. Feeling alone in the crowd, Jenny faces choices that could change the course of her life.

Jenny is your average teenager who lives on a farm.  When her dad is injured, she picks it up a notch and takes on more responsibility while he heals.  David, a friend she hasn't seen in a few years, stops by and invites her to his prom.  Even though she is shocked to see him, she is excited about the invite.  They renew their friendship and the promise of it turning into something more.  He even helps her out at the farm.

Then Jenny heads off to California to visit her aunt.  Even though David seems to have dropped out of her life suddenly, with no reason why, she still can't get him out of her head.  But then she meets Mick in California and she tries to push her feelings for David aside as she strikes up a new friendship with Mick.  But Mick and his friends can't see past the 'farm girl' and Jenny is hurt.  She makes a decision that could change her life forever.

Country Tied is a sweet young adult novel with a few twists that I didn't see coming.  The romance is light and the work on the farm educating.  It's really a coming of age tale for young Jenny and it was a fast paced read.  While I enjoyed the story, I wish there had been more details of certain aspects that seemed important to Jenny, but it didn't take away from the plot.  A solid read!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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