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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.
An Ordinary Woman: A Dramatized Biography of Nancy Kelsey
by Cecelia Holland Details
In the spring of 1841, a courageous young woman named Nancy Kelsey set out her husband, Ben, and infant daughter, Martha Ann, from their Missouri homestead on a harrowing track that would lead her into the pages of history. With a small band of pioneers, Nancy and Ben blazed a trail across a wild and unforgiving continent to find a new life in the golden lands of California.
Angle of Repose
by Wallace Stegner Details
Lyman Ward is a retired professor of history, recently confined to a wheelchair by a crippling bone disease and dependant on others for his every need. Amid the chaos of 1970s counterculture he retreats to his ancestral home of Grass Valley, California, to write the biography of his grandmother: an elegant and headstrong artist and pioneer who, together with her engineer husband, made her own journey through the hardscrabble West nearly a hundred years before. In discovering her story he excavates his own, probing the shadows of his experience and the America that has come of age around him.
Buffalo Girls: A Novel
by Larry McMurtry Details
In a letter to her daughter back East, Martha Jane is not shy about her own importance: "Martha Jane -- better known as Calamity -- is just one of the handful of aging legends who travel to London as part of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show in Buffalo Girls. As he describes the insatiable curiosity of Calamity's Indian friend No Ears, Annie Oakley's shooting match with Lord Windhouveren, and other highlights of the tour, McMurtry turns the story of a band of hardy, irrepressible survivors into an unforgettable portrait of love, fellowship, dreams, and heartbreak.
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?
Fearless: A Novel of Sarah Bowman
by Lucia St. Clair Robson Details
In 1846, Sarah Bowman joined Zachary Taylor's forces as a laundress and went with them into Mexico. Standing almost six feet tall, the troops dubbed her The Great Western. She became a familiar figure, riding through the smoke and gunfire of battle to retrieve the wounded and care for them.
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.
Riders of the Purple Sage
by Zane Grey Details
Initially published in 1912 and the first of Zane Grey's many bestsellers, this stirring tale of adventure in the high country established the prototype for western novels of the twentieth century. The plot's focus is a proud young heroine who's determined to defend her Utah ranch. She stands alone against the villains who rustle and stampede her cattle -- until a stranger rides into the territory. Notorious as the scourge of Mormon transgressors, the stranger stays on to assist in the inevitable showdown, and romance blooms amid the canyons and cottonwoods.
Sarah's Quilt
by Nancy E. Turner Details
Arizona Territory pioneer Sarah Prine struggles with drought, starving cattle, and a neighbor's unwelcome advances, a situation that is further complicated when her brother's family is devastated by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906
Shadow Valley Rising
by Stephen Overholser Details
Ella Mae Campbell traveled west with her family in a wagon train in 1860. But she never made it to Denver City with them. During a terrifying attack on the wagon train, young Ella Mae was taken captive by marauding Indians. No one thought she would survive--or would want to after her ordeal. But survive she did, only to find that hardship would not end with her freedom. After she was rescued, she found, like so many other captives, that she was shunned by the very settlers who organized the search party for her. Ella Mae's determination and endurance would be put to the test, but she would never say die. No matter what!
Stallions at Burnt Rock
by Paul Bagdon Details
Determined to prove she can raise the best ranch horses in the West, strong-minded Lee Morgan agrees to pit her prize coal-black stallion, Slick, against a neighboring rancher's flashy bay steed in a race of endurance. As news of the match spreads, gamblers and gunslingers pour into the formerly sleepy 1870s town of Burnt Rock, Texas. They place their bets and create a surge of lawlessness that threatens to turn the town upside down. Although Marshall Ben Flood relies on his quick draw to keep the peace, he is in constant danger, and Lee wonders if she's made a terrible mistake in entering the race. When a tragic death triggers suspicion of something sinister afoot, Lee takes matters into her own hands. And in the most thrilling ride of her life, she must summon every ounce of courage and faith she possesses to face down the evil that threatens her life, her ranch, and the man she loves.
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.
Tombstone Travesty: Allie Earp Remembers
by Jane Candia Coleman Details
Orphaned at an early age, Allie and her brothers and sisters were parceled out to foster families. She eventually moved in with her married sister, who was operating a boarding house. It was there that Allie met Virgil Earp who was working for a stage line. They were married without benefit of clergy and so began a life of itinerant wandering where all roads seeming to lead to Tombstone. In this vivid account, all the political intrigue and moral ambiguities of that time and place are brought dramatically to life, including the stark and brutal events of lawlessness and law enforcement that culminated at the OK Corral.
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.
Westward Hearts: The Amelia Dale Archer Story
by Barbara Riefe Details
When pioneering female doctor Amelia Dale Archer is passed over for the position of chief of staff at Philadelphia Hospital, she sets out west on a wagon train in 1857 so she can practice medicine on equal terms with men.
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