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Friday, June 29, 2007


Center Street
Hachette Book Group USA
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Genre: Fictional Western/Adventure/Romance
Rating: Very Good
ISBN: 13:9781599956893, $12.99, 328 pp.

Quoting from the back cover:

"Hap Bowman and his rodeo partner, Laramie Majors, set out to find Hap’s lost childhood love and are soon chasing down every Juanita from Wyoming to the Mexican Border. Every place they go leads to more trouble and excitement–whether it’s herding cattle across the Rio Grande, facing off against a crooked park ranger in the Chisos Mountains, or rounding up wild mustangs on a desert military testing ground. Though their search may or may not lead to Juanita, it will definitely be the adventure of a lifetime for these two modern-day cowboys."

One Step Over the Border is a contemporary western, dealing with contemporary issues. As you read, you can’t help but grow to like Hap and Laramie–rough, rugged, good-hearted, stand-up cowboys. While searching for Hap’s Juanita, they encounter challenging adventures, always heightened by the ‘purdy’ women along the way.

Stephen Bly is a prolific author (ninety-five published books) and best known for his classic historical westerns. He’s a consummate writer with a colorful, entertaining writing style–filled with delightful metaphors. He certainly knows his horses, cowboys, ranch and rodeo life.

If you’re a western buff and want a fun, true-to-life western story, give One Step Over the Border a read. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - June 29, 2007