(Video by Linda Walker)
“She’s no bigger than a newborn heifer,” is Talon Carlson’s first impression of Patricia Talbert when he discovers the ranch he’d hoped to inherit now belongs her. Part-time bull rider, full-time ranch foreman, he realizes his entire future rests in the hands of a tiny woman who doesn’t know beans about either.
The lure of living someplace where no one knows her or cares that her father is a senator sends Patricia into the waves of indecision. New York is home; it’s familiar. But on the Circle Bar Ranch, no one will use her as the gateway to the senator. Maybe on the ranch, she can separate herself from her father and develop an identity of her own.
Inside a small wooden box, Patricia finds letters her aunt had written to her uncle, both deceased. The love her aunt had expressed was deeper than anything Patricia had ever experienced in her own failed marriage. But it is the faith shining from page after page that brings her to tears. Had she known this wise woman, maybe she would have learned to trust the Lord, too.
One last letter in the box, to Patricia from her uncle, turns her waves of indecision into a tsunami. He wanted her to stay at the ranch. The temptation is strong, but she has responsibilities in New York. She’s torn, and her growing attraction to Talon isn’t helping.
The same letter throws Talon’s life into chaos also, because if Patricia decides to leave the ranch, she is to give it to him. All Talon ever wanted was to own a ranch, this ranch. And now, his dreams are just one small woman away. Using as evidence the loss of everyone he’d ever loved, Talon is convinced God wants him single. But his growing appreciation of this spunky little lady is shaking that conviction–to the point he questions whether he wants the ranch more than he wants her.
Time is slipping away, and Patricia needs to decide what to do. But she can’t. To buy time for faith and love to grow, she issues Talon a challenge: “Teach me to ride bulls.”
From here on, they’re in for the ride of their lives.
(bookcover by Lynnette Bonner)
2014 Book Club Recommended!
Praise for Give the Lady a Ride:
“There’s a good sprinkling of humor throughout the book so if you like to read at the local coffee shop be prepared to randomly burst out laughing in front of strangers.” — Susan M. Steve
Linda Yezak “gave wonderful details about bull riding–from training to breeding bulls to riding in competition.” — Karen Baney
“If Jane Austen had lived in Texas during this century, she may have written this book herself. I loved it.” — Pauline Creeden
Linda Yezak’s “characters were larger than life and I enjoyed getting to know them all. There was a secondary story going on with Talon’s ‘brother’ Chance and Patricia’s best friend Marie which was extremely enjoyable. Both Talon and Chance were wonderful heroes and very romantic. I loved all the interaction between all the characters. The description of the bull riding scenes were so good I felt like I was watching a movie.” — “Sherry”
“I was caught up in the story immediately and didn’t want to put it down until I was finished.” — “Heidiwriter”
“I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a story with a western theme but it is so well written, I was on the edge of my seat during the bull riding scenes.” — Evelyn G. Beal
“The bits of detail made me feel like I was looking in on a scene rather than reading it from my living room sofa.” — Carol Peterson
“If you want a fun read with snappy dialog and spunky relationships, this is the book for you!” — Pegg Thomas
“The dialog had me laughing out loud and engaged throughout the story. Linda’s descriptions of ranch life and the Texas setting came alive in my mind’s eye. I loved the diversity of her characters; they each had their own distinct personalities.” — “wetalk”
“If I were to highlight all the good phrases in this story with my marker, the book would be considerably marked up. If I were to then add highlights to the parts that were well written, interesting, fun, and well-paced, there would be no words left unmarked.” — Kym McNabney, “Writing from the Soul”
“This was an enjoyable short read that doesn’t skimp on descriptions, emotions, or character development in spite of its length. I found Patrica and Talon to be multi-dimensional characters with real depth to their personalities and histories. When the art of bull riding was explained to the reader, there was not an inundation of boring terms or techniques-instead, the reader was encouraged to feel what a bull rider feels and to get into their psyche. Is it feasible to learn to ride a bull in a few weeks or fall in love in a few days? Maybe, maybe not. That’s where the feel good element comes into play.” — Lydia “The Overweight Bookshelf”
This is the “type of book you want to curl up with and savor.” — “Christian Romance Reader”
“I’m a comedy writer, and Linda Yezak’s Give The Lady a Ride easily made me laugh-out-loud. A page turning, very cute, tale of modern-day western romance with powerfully built characters, certain to strum your heartstrings.” — “Funny 1”
“Give the Lady a Ride by Linda Yezak definitely charmed this city slicker. I’ve never been on a horse, but after Yezak’s debut I’m thisclose to saddlin’ up for my own ranch and rodeo adventure (I’ll have to draw the line at palpating cows, though).” — “Joy at Edgy Inspirational Romance”
“I love the behind-the-scenes looks Linda adds to the story to make bull-riding and rodeos and ranch life feel natural and alluring. In my mind these touches, along with appealing characters and heart-felt, heartstring-tugging romance makes Give the Lady a Ride a very sweet read indeed.” — Lisa J. Lickel
“You may want to wear your oldest pair of jeans and grab a cowboy hat after this read. Linda Yezak’s mixture of romance and bull riding on a cattle ranch in Texas will knock you into the dust with its freshness. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about ranching and rodeos alongside stubborn but likable city gal, Patricia Talbert. And if you’re single and searching for true love, Give the Lady a Ride may inspire you to go west.” — “theothersideoffreedom”