Title: Dial W for Wrangler
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: You Are on the Air, book 7
Major Themes: Wyoming, Ranches, Radio
Synopsis: Wade can’t figure out how to talk to his office help about anything except ranch business, and Ainsley is getting exasperated with him—can the local Dial-a-Deal host offer helpful advice to help their relationship?
As I have said before, if Chautona Havig writes a book, I will read it. And I will enjoy it. That is just a given. So, I’ve been looking forward to reading Dial W for Wrangler for a long time. Now, I don’t enjoy straight-up romance. If you take the romance out of a book and have nothing left, forget it. That’s not my style of book. However, I’m a sucker for helping people out when they beg for reviewers, and I just finished reading several of the kind of romance books that I don’t enjoy very much, because reviewers were needed. These books were all right, and I even enjoyed some of them—but I was sure looking forward to Wrangler at the end of the string! And it was worth the wait. I started reading it—and started laughing!
This book switches back and forth between two perspectives. Vi hosts the Dial-a-Deal radio show in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. However, she doesn’t just facilitate wheeling and dealing—people are constantly asking her for help with their relationships. Wade listens to her every day. He’s great at training and dealing with horses and cattle. However, numbers? He’s hopeless. That’s why he hired Ainsley, a recent transplant from a city. She loves living in Wyoming and working on the ranch. She hates it, however, when Wade can only talk to her about business. For his part, he can’t figure out how to talk to her about anything else, even though he badly wants to.
Suddenly, Wade has an idea. He calls Dial-a-Deal to sell anything he can find to declutter, starting with 20 sleeping bags (don’t miss that part of the story!), and get advice from Vi on the side. Will he get the advice he needs in time—or will her boss cut out her show?
Dial W for Wrangler is a book you won’t want to miss. It’s a short, easy read. This is a great book when you want something more on the fluffy side, but as I’ve come to expect from this author, there are some gems of wisdom in it, too. I loved Granny’s advice in chapter five about how a young man should deal with lustful thoughts—in fact, I might just copy that part of the book out and share it with the young men I’m blessed to call my sons! This book is full of good, clean humor. One of the first places I laughed out loud was in the first chapter:
“Di—yes, we’re Vi and Di. Yes, it gets confusing. Yes, we use it to torment Stan. Wouldn’t you?”
It was also fun to read a reference to The Ghosts of New Cheltenham and its sequels. The ghost story Wade told is hilarious. If I need a story to make me laugh sometime, I hope I remember this one!
I received a review copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults