I received this book for review thanks to Virtual Authors Book Tours and I choose it just because I had never read a western before and I thought it would be fun.
The story begins when Tuck, a young boy who is on his way to his aunt’s ranch, gets caught on a flashflood and is saved by a stubborn cowgirl called Sass. Tuck looses all his goods in the flood, so he has to find a job in order to get money and keep on crossing the country, and he finally happens to work for Sass’ father, Phil. This arrangement makes Sass mad at the beginning, but little by little she becomes less bossy, and even she would stop calling him Dumbass!
There on the ranch, Tuck has to do some cattle counting and be sure that there are not fights between white and Mexican cowboys, but what he doesn’t know is that there are some bad guys among the men, and even Phil is scared of them, his own workers. Besides, Tuck starts having strange dreams in which Lost Eagle, an old Indian who lived hidden in those mountains, talks about his destiny.
I enjoyed the adventures of this book: the bad guys, the counting on the fields including angry bulls which attack any man they find in their territories; the way Mexicans resolve love problems; the Indian ghost and the wolves howling at nights, etc. Everything was so cinematographic, but the bulk of the book deals with the love story between Tuck and Sass and I found it rather predictable, which is a shame. I would also have liked to know why the ghost appears only to Tuck and not to other people, for example; because it happens just when he begins to work on Phil’s ranch and I think it needs further explanation.
You know I always have some downsides for every book I read, but on the whole this western has been perfect for reading after my English exam: fast, entertaining and easy to read. Besides, I would like to point out that this book has a few Spanish words which are correctly spelled, and I can’t say the same about other novels that I have read.