Giddyup! Step into the mind and heart of Sara Davidson as she shares her love story in Cowboy: A Love Story (HarperAudio, $18, 0694521353). At the start, you may be unsure whether you're reading novel as memoir or memoir as novel. But as you read on, you'll simply be drawn into the joyful spirit of Sara as she explores a love affair that sounds more unlikely than any fiction.

They meet in Elko, Nevada a savvy, sophisticated California screenwriter and a hard-bitten, harness-braiding cowboy used to hardscrabble living. Their intermittent weekend reunions could never be the stuff of a lasting relationship, yet the love story continues. Davidson, head writer of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, draws on her own life story in creating this fictive version, and you're never quite sure where the truth leaves off and fantasy begins. But isn't that the best part of the cowboy fantasy anyway? Sandy Huseby writes from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at

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