~Hopeful~

Monday, June 7, 2010

This week, the


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance


is introducing


A Hopeful Heart
Bethany House (June 1, 2010)


by
Kim Vogel Sawyer






ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.





ABOUT THE BOOK



Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas, in 1888. The school's one-of-a-kind program teaches young women from the East the skills needed to become a rancher--or the wife of one.



Shy and small for her twenty-two years, Tressa is convinced she'll never have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt's hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, riding a horse, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands. But what other options does she have?



Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the group of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once--and he got his heart broken. But there's something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice.



When Tressa's life is endangered, will Abel risk his own life--and his heart--to help this eastern girl?



If you would like to read the first chapter of A Hopeful Heart, go HERE

My Review: What a delightful book! Hattie asked the guys in the town of Barnett, KS what they were looking for in a wife, then she went out and found young ladies to bring to the town to "groom" into ranchers wives. These young ladies are from NY and know nothing about how to work the land, they've been pampered etc. Tressa came because she has no dowry and figures it's the only way she'll get a husband. When the women arrive the men are all lined up like prancing peacocks waiting to see what pretty young things arrived on the train. During the disembarkment the girls got caught up in each other's skirts and some of the guys were not so nice. This caught Abel's attention. While he has no intention of getting married, one girl stood out and how long will it take for him to allow her in? That is the question!
I highly recommend this book! This will make a great summer read!

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