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A Promise for Ellie
by Lauraine Snelling Details
After two long years, hardworking dairy farmer Andrew Bjorklund is thrilled to see his fiancée Ellie Wold again. But when materials to build their new home are delayed, Andrew grudgingly postpones the wedding. While Ellie works at the post office, Andrew finishes their new barn. Soon a tragedy threatens their future and forces them to fully rely upon God.
Cassidy
by Lori Wick Details
Cassidy Norton is a fine seamstress who makes her living sewing for others. Amid the bustle of a busy frontier town, her life is rich. But Cassidy hasn't always lived in Token Creek, and few people know her full story. Cassidy's friend Meg is married to a rancher and has a baby, something Cassidy wants for herself. But that would mean revealing the details of her life. Will Cassidy find the strength to take that risk?
Cowgirl Trail
by Susan Page Davis Details
Maggie Porter returns to the Rocking P Ranch. The sanatorium was not able to save her mother and now her father's health is failing. When the cowboys walk off the job leaving no one to drive the cattle to market, head ranch hand, Alex Bright, cannot convince the men to stay. How could Alex let this happen? Maggie is desperate to save the ranch and she turns to the town's women for help. The new cowgirls must herd, rope, and drive the cattle to market. With only two days left, outlaws charge the small band of cowgirls in an effort to start a stampede. The cattle begin to scatter. Will they lose everything? Where will their help come from?
Ghost Warrior
by Lucia St. Clair Robson Details
Conventional history records Geronimo, Cochise, and Victorio as the most important Apache military leaders, but the Apaches themselves include another hero: Lozen, valiant warrior, revered shaman, and beautiful woman.
Iron Ties
by Ann Parker Details
Inez Stannert struggles to deal with her shaky partnership in Leadville's Silver Queen saloon, a missing husband, and a child still back East. President Ulysses S. Grant prepares to make an appearance to celebrate the coming of the railroad, but old enemies, general lawlessness, and ruthless competitors could ruin everything.
Land of My Heart
by Tracie Peterson Details
When Dianne Chadwick urges her family to move to a ranch in the Montana Territory, she has no idea that her new life in the rugged frontier will not be the idyllic adventure she expects.
Leaving Whiskey Bend
by Dorothy Garlock Details
In 1890 the rough Western town of Whiskey Bend, Colorado, is no place for single women. The final straw for widow Pearl Parsons and young schoolteacher Hallie Wolcott is the assault on their friend Mary. Desperately fleeing from the attacker, the three women drive away in an open wagon, seeking new lives and safety. When they're caught in a violent storm on the road, help comes in the form of a stranger, Eli Morgan, a former military general turned reluctant rancher. He welcomes the women into his home, and it isn't long before he and Hallie develop tender feelings for each other. But Eli has troubles of his own--a family on the brink of falling apart and now someone is trying to kill him
Montana Dawn
by Stone Wallace Details
When the remnants of a ruthless outlaw gang invade the home Montana Dawn shares with her husband, she finds herself attracted to their dangerous, exciting life.
One Thousand White Women:The Journals of Mary Dodd
by Jim Fergus Details
One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time. -Amazon
Ranch War
by J. T. Edson Details
It seems when a lady's called "Calamity," chaos follows wherever she goes -- even to the mostly peaceful railroad town of Mulrooney, Kansas. Martha Jane Canary's always been free as the prairie wind, tied to no place or person, so she never expected to inherit a hardscrabble ranch that other folks have been working. Now, whether she wants the spread or not, Jane's going to fight for what's hers -- taking on bushwackers, crooked lawyer, and a woman with a cold and greedy heart, and a plan to steal Jane's land with bullets and brutality.
Ride the River
by Louis L'Amour Details
No matter that Echo Sackett was young, and a woman, and had never been far from the valley, she was still a Sackett. She was sharp and smart and a better hunter than most of the men she knew. Like her bold ancestors, Echo couldn't ignore a challenge. A sure hand with a horse, a dead shot with a rifle, and fast with her wits, Echo traveled to the mountains of Tennessee, coming up against ruthless killers who would stop at nothing to cheat her out of her inheritance. There she'd prove, once and for all, that she could ride the river with the best.
The Calling of Emily Evans
by Janette Oke Details
When Emily Evans hears of the prairie's vast need for teachers, she feels called to help. But is she prepared to run a parish alone?
The Mercy Seat: A Novel
by Rilla Askew Details
Wondrously told through the wary eyes of John's 10-year-old daughter, Mattie, whose gift of premonition proves to be both a blessing and a curse, "The Mercy Seat" resounds with the rhythms of the Old Testament even as it explores the mysteries of the Native American spirit world. Sharing Faulkner's understanding of the inescapable pull of family and history, and Cormac McCarthy's appreciation of the stark beauty of the American wilderness, Rilla Askew imbues this momentous work with her tremendous energy and emotional range.
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree
by Ann Weisgarber Details
It is 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands and the summer has been hard. Rachel and Isaac DuPree had left Chicago fourteen years ago to stake their claim. Isaac, a former Buffalo Soldier, is fiercely proud: black families are rare in the West, and black ranchers even rarer. But it hasn't rained in months, the cattle are bellowing with thirst, and supplies have dwindled. Struggling to feed her family, Rachel is isolated by more than just geography. She is determined to give her surviving children the life they deserve, but Isaac will never leave his ranch: land means a measure of equality with the white man. Rachel must find the strength to do what is right--for her children, for her husband, and for herself
These is my words : the diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 : Arizona territories : a novel
by Nancy E. Turner Details
In 1881, Sarah Agnes Prine, 17, goes from New Mexico to Texas and back, protecting her family with her rifle, and then becoming ranch manager while her second husband serves as a Texas Ranger.
Truth be Told
by Carol Cox Details
When Amelia Wagner takes over her father's newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father's revealing articles about the Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong people, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements
Westward Hearts
by Melody Carlson Details
Kentucky, 1854. Elizabeth has mourned her husband's death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared: to take their two children west. At Kansas City, they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group's handsome guide, Eli Kincade.
Updated 08/21/2014
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