Farewell to Freedom is a new day western genre written from a woman's point of view. The story is somewhat based on the author's personal life experiences. The main characters are Cheyenne Stevens (a wealthy, divorced socialite) and Rowdy Harrison (an ex-bull riding cowboy from Freedom, Oklahoma).
In Farewell to Freedom Cheyenne Stevens flees the heartbreak of a failing 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.
The first 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 becomes 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. Farewell to Freedom is an award winning story.
Cheyenne Stevens pushed the wild tangle of flame-red hair back away from her attractive face, as she stared forlornly out the window of her home on Samish Island that cold December morning. She had stood motionless as she’d captured the beautiful views of the snow on Mount Baker and the pristine white caps rolling towards the shore on the blue waters of Bellingham Bay. The scene that had once delighted her, after she and her husband Ryan moved in fifteen years before, now just brought on a fresh spate of tears. Cheyenne brushed the tears from her cheeks, vividly reliving the moment when the husband she’d doted on for twenty years had coldly informed her that their marriage was over.
Farewell to Freedom
BOOK LORD(Sarasota, FL)
When I first looked at this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. When it comes to this kind of book, I can get a bit picky. The thing is, when I began reading, I actually felt something. The author has obviously woven in some personal experience although I believe that the overall story is fiction, this real-life element helps anchor this story in reality.
BOOK LORD (Sarasota, FL) Continued:
Throughout the book, I really felt for the main character Cheyenne Stevens. She keeps getting crap thrown at her, starting with her now ex-husband's infidelity. She picks herself up, "gets knocked down but gets up again". She deals with a thriving business then failing business, a new love turns out to be a schlep. The thing is she keeps going despite it all.
One character I couldn't stand was Rowdy (the new boyfriend). I wanted to knock him out. In this respect, the author did a good job as I don't normally get that real-life annoyed with a character but he really took the cake. This is a good one.
Farewell to Freedom
EMMA JONES, ( USA)
A middle aged woman finds herself single after she discovers her husband is a cheat and seeks love in a place called Freedom, Oklahoma. Unfortunately for her, things are not that simple.
Just days before Christmas, Cheyenne flees to Las Vegas to escape the heartbreak of a failing marriage. While there she meets a handsome cowboy named Rowdy Harrison from Freedom, Oklahoma. Upon returning home from the sinful weekend in Vegas, she accepts an invitation to visit Rowdy in Freedom for New Year's. Their love affair quickly becomes a business relationship when Cheyenne buys into Rowdy's bucking bull business. Moving to Freedom, she believes that living life on a ranch with a cowboy will take her back in time to a childhood place where she'd once been her happiest. Unfortunately for her, she needs to escape from her escape.
Throughout the book, the realistic descriptions caused me to look a little deeper and I discovered that the author actually experienced some similar events. It is this real life knowledge that in turn gives realism to the book. I appreciate that. This is a story that a lot of people can relate to in some way.
Farewell to Freedom
Texas Book Reviews (Texas, USA)
This review is from: Farewell to Freedom: What Happens in Las Vegas Doesn't Necessarily Stay in Vegas!
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.