is settling into his new life as a rancher and occasional Pinkerton Agent, leaving his past as an ex-Confederate major and Texas Ranger far behind. He wants nothing more than to work the ranch, charm the ladies, and live a life of carefree bachelorhood.
has accepted her responsibility as the sole provider for herself and her younger sister. The desire to continue their journey to Oregon is crushed when the need for food and shelter keeps them in the growing frontier town of Splendor, Montana, forcing Ginny to accept work as a server in the local saloon.
of Luke, his face hard, his mouth in a thin line. She could see the instant recognition dawned. He lowered the gun in a quick motion and slammed it into the holster.
wander over her, his eyes softening at the same time his body tightened—a reaction he was powerless to control.
position. He didn’t like it. Not one bit.
She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.
MacLarens of Fire Mountain
of Fire Mountain Contemporary
Why we’re so Taken by the American West and the Cowboy Way of Life
Cowboys have always conjured up visions of a simpler way of life where honesty and commitment are valued, good triumphs over evil, integrity helps define a person, and speaking the truth rather than being politically correct is a way of life. This especially holds true for those who read historical western romance.
Today, many of these traits have been beaten down, passed over, and denigrated to the point it’s hard to identify people who possess what seemed basic within the Cowboy culture.
Cowboys represent a way of life that many have watched fall from grace as being too old fashioned or old-school. I, for one, don’t believe this hogwash.
The Cowboy culture is still just as necessary today, maybe more so, than at any previous time. It is the same culture that sustained our men and women of the Greatest Generation during World War II, and it may behoove us to consider honoring these qualities again in a time when many feel we’ve lost our way.
No matter how much our way of life has changed since those days, surmounting the challenges we face as human beings—the trivial and mundane as well as the great and life altering—still demands strength of spirit, courage, dedication, discipline, and honor.
A man of discipline may once have been the sort of man you could count on to rise with the sun each and every day to do the hard work of keeping his ranch running. Now, a man with the same quality is one you can count on to be diligent at his craft, attentive to his family, and fastidious with his habits. A man with honor, a man of his word, is admirable whether the year is 1940 or 2015.
Having an attitude of self-sufficiency and determination got the men of the past through difficulties foreign to us now, but those are the same qualities that get today’s self-sufficient men to fix their own cars and houses, and keep their heads above water in times of personal turmoil.
Virtues like these are what really lie at the heart of Cowboy culture. They’re universal, and though they may be expressed differently from year to year, they’ll never go out of style.