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The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley by Nina Romano: Book Review

Book Description:

When Darby McPhee falls in love with Cayo Bradley, a wild cowboy from a nearby ranch, her world is ripped apart. Caught in a lifeless existence of caring for her father and brothers since her mother’s death, Darby does little else but work. But a death-bed promise to her mother to get her education now stands in the way of her heart’s desire to belong to the rough-and-tumble Cayo Bradley.

Darby is Cayo’s redemption from a horrific act in his past that torments him. After being captured as a young boy by the Jicarilla Apache, he now tries to settle back into white society—but how can he? If he loses Darby, he loses everything.

Darby is determined to keep her promise to her mother, but will Cayo wait for her? In this stunning tale of love and loss, Darby comes to understand that no matter what happens, she will always be THE GIRL WHO LOVED CAYO BRADLEY…

Romano’s story sizzles with the tension of lovers—one struggling to blend Apache ways and white, the other torn between East and West—searching for a way to join two lives going in opposite directions.

(Taken from book description on Goodreads)

Author Nina Romano:

Nina herself provided me with this photo. 🙂

Nina Romano’s latest novel, The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley, a Western, Historical Romance with a great deal of Native American research in it, has been released February 2019 from Prairie Rose Publications. 

Her Wayfarer Trilogy has been published by Turner Publishing. Book #1 of the Historical Saga: The Secret Language of Women was a Foreword Reviews Indie-Fab Book Award Finalist. The novel won the Independent Publisher 2016 IPPY Gold Medal in the Historical/Romance Book Awards. Book #2 of the series, Lemon Blossoms appeared 2/16/16 and, Book #3, In America, was released 7/19/16 and is a finalist in the 2016 Chanticleer Media’s Chatelaine Book Awards for Romance.

Nina Romano earned a B.S. from Ithaca College an M. A. from Adelphi University and a B. A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from FIU. She’s a world traveler and lover of history. She lived in Rome, Italy, for twenty years, and is fluent in Italian and Spanish. She authored a short story collection, The Other Side of the Gates, five poetry collections, and two poetry chapbooks. Her most recent collection, Westward: Guided by Starfalls and Moonbows, was published from LLC Red Dashboard. She co-authored, Writing in a Changing World from Bridle Path Press. Romano has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. 

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(Taken from Nina’s Goodreads author profile)

My favorite character(s)

I have to say that my favorite character at the beginning of the book was Darby. I thought she was practical in wanting to fulfill her mother’s wishes and get an education with her Aunt Bea. However, as we learn about Cayo’s past, he quickly became my favorite character and remained so for the rest of the novel.

My favorite scenes

I wouldn’t say favorite, but the scenes at the beginning when we learn about Cayo and his past really stuck with me. I’m guessing because I am from New Mexico and I know the history quite well. It really hurt to see the choices that he had to make and how it changed and stayed with him. I also found it propelled the story forward to get bits and pieces of his story at a time.

My thoughts

First, I have to say the author did her research really well. I love the references to the time period that are accurate and interesting. I love the description of the lands, culture, and ways of life. It makes a proud New Mexico resident see someone portray our state so vividly and wonderfully. The imagery of how we are immersed in their world rings true.

The characters are full of depth and I feel the emotions they feel because the author did so well giving us their stories in a way that we relate or understand what their motivations are.

2 thoughts on “The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley by Nina Romano: Book Review”

  1. This sounds like a really interesting read. I love westerns and historical fiction, so this one seems like one I would enjoy. Plus it means I would read a new to me author, which is always nice.

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