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Farewell to Freedom
by Anita C Waggoner   

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Publisher:  Strategic Publishing Group ISBN-10:  9781609119324 Type: 


Copyright:  July 28, 2010 ISBN-13:  9781609119324

Days after discovering her husband was having an affair Cheyenne Stevens has a chance meeting with a cowboy named Rowdy Harrison in Las Vegas.
"What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Necessarily Stay in Vegas!"

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Farewell to Freedom

Farewell to Freedom is a fictional story based somewhat on my personal life experiences. The main characters are Cheyenne Stevens (a forty-seven year old wealthy, divorced socialite) and Rowdy Harrison (a forty-two year old, ex-bull riding cowboy from Freedom, Oklahoma).
In Farewell to Freedom Cheyenne Stevens flees the heartbreak of a failing twenty year marriage to spend a week in Las Vegas where on the final day of her visit she meets a cowboy named Rowdy Harrison. The journey begins during the National Finals Rodeo. Cheyenne finds love with the cowboy. The cowboy invites her to visit Freedom and she goes.
Her short visit to Freedom leaves her wanting more. Cheyenne leaves a life of luxury to live with Rowdy in a bunkhouse on his elderly father's run-down ranch in NW Oklahoma.
Rowdy is a rooky stock contractor who raises rodeo bulls. Cheyenne becomes his partner in the bucking bull business. Their bulls perform across the country returning each year to Las Vegas to perform at the National Finals Rodeo and the PBR finals.
Cheyenne buys a 3400 acre ranch near Freedom and builds a guest ranch naming it the Cedar Creek Ranch and Rusty Spur Saloon. She entertains visitors from around the world and attracts the attention of a Hollywood producer who films her life on the ranch for a reality television show.
Rowdy becomes a drunk and a womanizer spending Cheyenne's money like its water. Their life together becomes a roller coaster ride.
Cheyenne changes from a well-kept spoiled rich woman to a strong cowgirl who proves that she can survive in a tough man's world. Her patience is tried and tried again by the scoundrels who seek to take advantage of a woman trying to survive life in the country.
After thirteen years of extreme highs and lows, struggling to survive the elements and the western way of life, Cheyenne Stevens finally gives up. She sells the ranch and drives away leaving the ruthless cowboy and her dreams behind, saying Farewell to Freedom.

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Texas Book Reviews (Texas, USA)
This is a story about a woman named Cheyenne Stevens. After years of marriage, she discovers that her husband is having an affair and decides to leave him. Finding herself single again after so long, a friend of hers urges her to go on a trip to Las Vegas with her. Cheyenne accepts.

As you may be able to guess, she meets a guy. Actually, she meets him at a rodeo and his name is Rowdy Harrison (ironic name). They end up getting together and move out to Freedom, Oklahoma. Cheyenne decides that their meager living arrangement isn't good enough for her so she takes initiative and opens the Cedar Creek Ranch. Her life is anything but a fairytale though. Even after building a successful business, things go awry. Rowdy isn't the big time winner she thought he was. Trouble brews at the Ranch and she has to part ways with it.

For anyone who likes books on rising above the troubles that life throws at you, here's a good one. The main character's life is full of those challenges. Rowdy is someone that you might wish was real so you could choke him.

Encino Book Man (Los Angeles, CA)
I gave this one a shot as I know there are a lot of undiscovered gems out there by unknown authors. It hooked me. Cheyenne, the main character, gets screwed over by her husband who finally acknowledges having a mistress. She's been married for over two decades so now she's effectively going through a midlife crisis. On this crisis, she takes a trip to Vegas with a friend.

While in Vegas, she meets Rowdy. Long story short, they hit it off and before you know it, they're together and moving to Freedom (which apparently really is a place in Oklahoma, who'd of guessed). It's peachy for a little while as Cheyenne does what she can to be an entrepreneur. The problem is, Rowdy isn't that much better than her ex husband and she finds herself in constant trouble.

Encino Book Man, Continued

There are a few characters that really make you want to throw your wrists. The way I see it is that if an author can write a character that makes me wish they were real so I could slug them, then he/she did a good job. Other than a little bit of over dramatizing, this one is well done. If you're looking to get something a little out of the norm and go with a new author, here's one for you.

Ella Stars "Ella Stars" (USA)
I was not expecting to like this one as much as I did. The main character, Cheyenne, discovers her husband is cheating on her and they separate. Finding herself single after years of marriage, she allows herself to be talked into going to Las Vegas. This is where the title kicks in. She meets a guy.

Rowdy (her new guy with kind of a cheesy name) charms her and wins her heart. They get together and move to Freedom, Oklahoma to start a new life. But it turns out that she managed to attract someone who was not much better than her ex-husband. She does well for a while but life kicks her around a bit (her ranch burns down for instance) but she's a tough one. Any book with a strong female character is good to me. Give it a try. Even though her new guy's name bothered me the rest of the book more than makes up for that.

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