Stranded in a small western town, city girl Josephine Whittaker doesn't have a cent to her name. Desperate to make some money, she applies for a job as a cook on a cattle drive. J.D. McCall knows a female cook on a cattle drive is asking for trouble, but he doesn't have a choice. His latest cook has just been carted off to jail and they are moving out in two days. When Josephine tells him that fried steak is her specialty, he doesn't know that he has no experience cooking over a camp fire...well, no experience at cooking anything. Josephine knows how to plan a menu, but not how to actually prepare the food.
This is a well written historical romance. Josephine's former husband married her for her money, then divorced her. She is determined to strike out on her own and not depend on a man. J.D. doesn't believe a woman from the city will be able to handle the hard work on the Wyoming territory. His mother abandoned him and his father to return to the city where she grew up. There are many unique characters in his book, especially J.D.'s father, Boots, and some of the cowboys who work at the ranch. Even though the book is slow in places, working through the strained relationships in this book kept me interested. My rating: 4 Stars.
A wealthy city girl that has never cooked anything goes west,loses her money and ends up as a cook on a cattle drive.I enjoyed this book a lot.
Imagine yourself as a well-bred city girl, leaving the security of the city after six years of marriage to an abusive husband, and ending up in a crude cow town. Imagine having all your money and worldly possession mistakenly taken. Imagine applying for the job of ranch cook in order to survive and you have never cooked a meal. Imagine falling in love with a man whose own mother abandoned him as a child and who has no time for a fragile city girl. If you can imagine yourself in this situation, you're, Josephine Wittaker, the heroine of "Forget Me Not". On the surface, the book is filled with humor. Some scenes are absolutely hilarious, but under the humor is much much more. The book is about relationships, about people who've been hurt and who're learning to trust and love again. One of the novel's forte is the brilliance of the author's characterization. Each of the major characters is unique in his/her own way. Even the minor characters are not stereotypes, but individuals with their own personality and voice. Boot, the hero's father is a vivid and unique personality and so are the cowboys who work on ranch. Josephine is a fiesty heroine, a woman who has suffered and is brave enough to go after a new life. J.D is strong and silent, afraid to love but when he does he loves fiercely. The story is fast-paced and readers will be sure to applaud when Josephine eventually proves to J.D that she has the grit and gumption to be a rancher's wife.