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Westering Women by Sandra Dallas

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Publication Date: 7 January 2020

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Copy from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press


The adventure begins in the city of Chicago in 1852; and in California, the gold rush is in full swing. Two ministers from Chicago post an advertisement looking for women interested in traveling to the gold fields of California in order to be married. Forty-four women sign on and depart for California on a journey unlike anything they had imagined.  The diverse backgrounds and varying skills the women bring along on this 2000 mile venture help them survive snowstorms through the mountains, scorching heat in the deserts, and the death and other hardships they must endure along the way.

Maggie, a young seamstress with a child, and Mary, her older, more capable friend are the core of the group of women who leave their pasts behind and move forward in this extremely unique tale that highlights the pioneering spirit of women in the West. With resilience, courage, ingenuity, and heart, the women manage the journey and discover the bonds of sisterhood are unlike any other they’ve experienced.

The story is a heartwarming and at the same time, sorrowful, tale of the power of friendship, trust, and family. A wonderful read for lovers of historical fiction! I absolutely loved this book; the characters, the sense of camaraderie and adventure, and the unity of the women. Take this perilous trip to the California goldfields with this group of 44 women.

 I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. The opinions and statements above are my own.


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Aiming for Love, Book 1 by Mary Connealy

Series: Brides of Hope Mountain

Publication Date:  1 Oct 2019

Publisher: ARC from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers


“Kissing you is the most thrilling thing that’s ever happened to me, and I once killed a grizzly bear with six arrows and a dull knife, so that’s saying something.”

                                                            –Jo Nordegren

In typical Mary Connealy style, this western is filled with dry humor, interesting characters, vivid descriptions, and a tall tale befitting the western frontier. This first novel in her new series introduces us to the Nordegren girls. The storyline centers around Josephine “Jo”, the middle sister, a curious, yet naïve, blue-eyed blonde who dresses in a most unusual manner and runs wild in the woods with a bow and arrows which she most certainly knows how to use. Her older sister, Ursula, an extremely isolated, anti-social young woman rules the household, and her younger sister, Ilsa, swings from branches all over the woods and runs fairly wild gathering medicinal herbs. These unique young women have no contact with civilization until David Warden shows up in their valley high on Hope Mountain.

The story centers on the themes of helping others because it is the right thing to do, accepting people as they are, and believing that family is what you make it. The secondary characters involved in the story, Dave’s parents and brother, his cowhands, and even the bad guys, add an element of depth to the story. A unique storyline filled with family drama, a bit of romance, and some sadness as well make up this intriguing read from Mary Connealy. Bring your imagination to the table when you read this one!

Readers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction will enjoy this distinctive story. I am personally looking forward to book two in the series to see what further adventures Mary Connealy has for us.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 4 out of 5



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The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

Series: High Sierra Sweethearts
Publication Date: 3 April 2018
Publisher: ARC from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

“You are a blessed miracle from God, you and your men. You saved us and now you care for us. It’s the Bible’s very definition of a Christian.”
–Deb Harkness

It is certainly no surprise that a woman who dedicates her book to her husband also known as her “very own romantic cowboy hero” writes about cowboys, ranching, and the west, three things she seems to know real well. This little western gem is set southwest of Lake Tahoe, Nevada in October of 1867.

The Harkness sisters, Deborah and Gwen, are on their way west through the Sierra Nevada Mountains when their wagon train is attacked. Fortunate enough to survive, the girls are left on their own with two small children until Trace Riley appears.

Trace gathers up the women and children and heads for his desolate, rather run down ranch, tucked in a valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Being a single man living at the ranch with a couple of work hands, his priority to this point time has not been a house or housekeeping. The women have their work cut out for them.

Two more awkward people have never inhabited the same space! In fact Trace and Deborah are so awkward they are endearing. A bit of romance runs through the novel as well as some intrigue! A great story that carries the themes of family, friendship, faith, and social responsibility!

Readers of inspirational historical fiction and western fiction will like this novel. Read and enjoy! The Accidental Guardian is book one in the series and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.


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Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

Herne Logan, Ruth  Back in the Saddle

Series: Double S Ranch Series

Publication Date: March 2016

Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers

ARC from Waterbrook Multnomah and Netgalley.com




Something has to give when you place two hard headed, people in close proximity. Sparks generally fly! When one of those people is hiding a secret and the other exposes it for the good of all, can they find a meeting place in the middle? Tough Wall Street financier, Colt Stafford, returns to the family ranch minus his big career and money to find a new housekeeper ruling the roost. Angelina Morales, housekeeper extraordinaire, runs the kitchen, helps in the barn, and does good deeds for the neighbors on the side. Colt sees something more in Angelina Morales than just a housekeeper. He sets out to find exactly what it is.

This novel is a good solid story of two people at a crossroad in their lives. Finding a balance for both of them is critical. One has a strong faith; the other lost his many years ago. This story of finding balance and being the person one needs to be is a great story for readers of contemporary inspirational fiction. A little mystery, a littler romance, and a lot of family saga rolled into one novel!

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One Last Letter by Pema Donyo



Publication Date: Aug 2014

Publisher: Crimson Romance


One Last Letter is an engaging, lighthearted historical fiction based on Eveyln, a young woman who gives up the love of her life, Jesse, for an opportunity to marry someone with a better financial future. However, she finds that she can’t quite follow through with her plan and she must deal with the consequences of her actions when Jesse reappears on the ranch a few years later. In spite of the difficult situation, a courtship of letter writing begins.

In addition to Jesse and Evelyn’s story, a parallel story runs through the novel dealing with Jesse’s sister, Loretta, and her dirt poor cowboy, Preston. The stories complement each other and highlight Jesse and Evelyn’s earlier dilemma.

The story is a combination of romance, western, and a little mystery thrown in to the mix. Read this quick, satisfying western historical romance and find out what happens when two people write to each other, but never sign their letters!

This ARC copy was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

Gunpowder Tea

Publication Date: 2013

Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Series: The Brides of Last Chance Ranch, Book 3

Giveaway Copy from Goodreads.com


“Of course I have enemies. Making enemies is so much easier than making friends, and they’re far less trouble to maintain.”

                                                                                    -Miss Walker

This quote is just one of the many dry witticisms found throughout Gunpowder Tea. The novel centers around the story of Miranda Hunt and Jeremy Taggart’s search for the Phantom, a notorious robber. However, the secondary characters in this novel, such as Miss Walker, play strong supporting roles and add depth to the story.

Miranda Hunt, AKA Annie Beckman, is a lively young woman with the unlikely career of being a Pinkerton operative. She rides; she shoots; and she disguises herself. These were unique talents for a young woman back in the year 1897. She meets her match when her train is robbed by Jeremy Taggart, AKA Branch. Jeremy is also an operative; however, he works for Wells Fargo, the dreaded rival of the Pinkerton Agency.

Annie Beckman answers an ad in the Arizona territory to become the heiress for Miss Walker, who owns the Last Chance Ranch. Working undercover she begins to try and solve the identity of the Phantom while learning the business of ranching. At every turn in her investigation, she comes into contact with the new ranch hand, Branch. The problems get more dangerous the deeper they delve into the mystery of the Phantom and the attacks get more deadly.

The book offers mystery, a bit of romance, and a lot of the Wild West tossed in together with dry humor. The plot offers twists and turns; the mystery keeps you guessing at who the Phantom might really be; and the romance is inevitable. A fun, clean read! I recommend it to fans of historical fiction. Although the book is part of a series, the novel is easily read as a standalone story. I have not read the first two books, but intend to do so now.

I received this copy from Goodreads.com in exchange for a fair review. The opinions and statements above are my own.

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