One of my all time favorites. This book is NOT a "western" so if this is what is holding you back, just read it! It is a book about life, which just so happens to feature cowboys on a trail ride, driving cattle 1000 miles to start a new ranch in Montana. But, it is not about the trail ride - it's about life! It is one of those books which is new and fresh with every re-read, a book which morphs itself into what you need to read at the time when you read it. Gosh, how I love these characters - every one of them. (Well, maybe not blue duck.)
This book, like my most favorite book, To Kill a MOckingbird, features wonderful character development. I feel as though I really know these characters, and I start missing them when I get to the last few chapters, and know that the book is soon coming to an end. I find myself reading fewer and fewer pages at a time, just to make the book last a little bit longer. It's a huge book, which reads very fast, mainly because it is a real page turner. It is very well written.