A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale by Tom Van Dyke

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



"It's good and it moves!  Tom Van Dyke tells a rousing tale of a young man learning how to cowboy and finding the girl of his dreams.  I've written a good 40 western stories but learned a lot from Tom's book."
      --ELMORE LEONARD, Novelist


A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale is a novel of historic
fiction for all ages.  Masterfully
crafted, the story explores the lore of the Western frontier when it was
imagined to be as big and far away as the moon.

 The story
begins just beyond the far bank of the Mississippi,
moments after the Great War when the Stars and Bars were in tattered threads,
and sweeps westward to California gold through
the Arizona and New Mexico Territories.

WB, not yet
sixteen, crosses the mighty river without fear and leaves the muddy shores of
civilization behind.  With empty pockets,
a spark for life, and a wild sense of freedom, he follows his heart searching
for adventure and fortune in a new world.

the harsh realities of the Great Plains, WB's
roam takes a dramatic twist when he meets the love of his life, Ginny.  They fall in love and as fate has it, they
are separated by a hostile encounter.

Ginny steals away from her parents to begin her search and wanders the western
frontier--the mountain wilderness; the unforgiving desert; the open range
teaming with mustangs; the gold fields, explosive mining camps; and western
towns connected by stagecoach--to find WB.

the hardships of staying alive and enduring the challenges of a vast landscape
--their destiny--bound by love and loyalty is tested.

for each other, WB and Ginny, encounter the perils and western theater of
unraveling characters--bushwhackers; settlers; a wealthy ex-slave woman with aprons
of gold; Apache Indians; Sunny, a mysterious cowboy; a range hand with unwanted
intentions provoking Ginny's worst fear; 'strikes it rich' miners; caballeros;
a photographer; a writer of half-dime novels and cowboys--Ginny and WB come
alive--discovering their own identities.

American tale rich in history and vivid word pictures is drawn with colorful
imagination and told in a cowboy's flavorful soup of words with wit, grit, and
humor--an inspiring adventure of discovery, strength, character and romance.
"INSPIRING -- A Cowboy Christmas reveals the true American West but goes even further.  A man and woman who refuse to let a soaring relationship disappear is a sign of life on earth at its best."
      --MICHAEL BLAKE, Author of Dances With Wolves

"A Cowboy Christmas is a wonderful tale of a young cowboy's roam and a heartfelt love story.  A great Christmas story and a delightful read for all seasons."
      --THOMAS COBB, Author of Crazy Heart

About Tom Van Dyke

See more books from this Author
Tom lives with his wife, on their ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona. A member of Western Writers of America, he has been writing screenplays since 1970. One of his motion pictures was considered for nomination of an Academy Award ®.Tom created and wrote the American Bicentennial television public service announcements, Stand Up and Be Counted, the most widely viewed national and international PSAs in the history of television.His creative expression of writing and film production is shared with his creation of fine art. Tom's sculptures, paintings and photography have been exhibited or are in the permanent collections of the NY Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Art Institute, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Henry Ford Museum, the Cranbrook Institute of Arts, and the Butler Art Institute of American Art.
Published November 8, 2013 by Page Branch Publishing. 154 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In Van Dyke's solid but slightly bland western, the year is 1908 and a man named WB repeats a Christmas tradition, sharing with his wife how he became a cowboy in 1873.

Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of A Cowboy Christmas An America...

Rate this book!

Add Review