Maverick Heart by Natalie Bright ~ Book Review

February 4, 2021


Natalie Bright & Denise McAllister
Series: Wild Cow Ranch, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction/Western
Publisher: CKN Christian Publishing
Pages: 274
Release Date: January 13, 2021


Carli Jameson is used to being on her own – abandoned by her mother as an infant – all she’s ever wanted is to feel like she belongs. She has had no choice except to be strong and independent, but now, can she learn to trust God to be her partner?

Georgia girl, Carli Jameson, inherits a Texas cattle ranch from grandparents she never knew. After much thought, she makes the courageous decision to pack up her life and move to Texas to run the ranch. She forges ahead into a new life filled with uncertainty and along the way discovers a ranching community that becomes the family she never had.

Independent, ambitious and smart, Carli has always been careful with her heart, except for the one time she thought she had found her soul mate and true love. He proved her wrong, and she vowed never to jump into a romantic relationship that easily again. When Carli drives away from her life in Georgia, no looking back, she intends to stick with her vow and not fall into any sweet romances, especially with a Texas cowboy.

Can a fresh start erase the troubles of her past?


This story is one of new beginnings and this was the case for Carli Jamison. We follow Carli who has been abandoned as a child and has no idea who her father is. She deals with issues of trust. She is used to doing things on her own and doesn't require help from anyone. She has a hard time depending on God but encounters Lola and Buck who are very strong in their faith and guide her in the right path. 

I have to admit I wasn't sure about her character at first. She seems very immature and I wasn't quite sure if the story was about an adult or an older teenager. As the story continues you can tell that she is after all an adult but it took me a while to get into her character because of the things she worried and focused on like her "boyfriend" just seemed like something you would do at a younger age. She did have some growth throughout the story which redeemed her in my mind. 

Overall I thought the story was good. It was my first by these authors. I think young adults and people that absolutely love horses will enjoy this story. 

My Rating: 3 Stars/Liked it

I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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Author. Blogger. Speaker. Natalie writes a wide range of stories that interest and inspire her, and hopefully others. True stories about rescue horses for kids, history of Texas and ranching, authentic chuck wagon cooking, and inspirational women's fiction. A fifth generation Texan, she blogs at Prairie Purview about the history and people of the Texas Panhandle. She blogs about the writing life at Her photography featuring Texas skies and ranch scenes can be seen on Instagram @natsgrams and in the upcoming book KEEP 'EM FULL & KEEP 'EM ROLLIN'.



Lovers of the West can be born in the most unlikely of places. For Denise F. McAllister, her start was in Miami, Florida, surrounded by beaches and the Everglades. But the marvels of television transported her to stories of the West--Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, and many others--that she fondly recalls watching with her brother every Saturday morning.

After being in the working world for some years, Denise F. McAllister applied her life experience to study for degrees in communications and professional writing. She loved going back to college later in life and hardly ever skipped a class as in her younger years. Denise credits her love of horseback riding and 15 years of showing in Atlanta, Georgia for her heartfelt connection to all things Western.

Denise's faith is important to her and she loves to write about characters' journeys as they navigate real-world challenges. She prays that readers will enjoy her books, but more importantly experience a blessed connection with their Creator and Heavenly Father.

AFFILIATIONS: Western Writers of America; Women Writing the West; Northeast Georgia Writers; Booth Western Art Museum's Writers' Guild.

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