Can she turn her second-best chance into a golden opportunity?
Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas. 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. But will Tressa have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt’s hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands?
Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the passel of potential brides his neighbour 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 trouble strikes, will Abel risk his life-and his heart-to help this eastern girl?
Kim Vogel Sawyer takes a fresh approach on the traditional “Mail Order Bride” prairie romance. The women in this story are charming, witting, and independent. Tressa, may be a damsel temporarily in distress, but she does not want to be reliant on anyone and finally finds her assertive voice in the hard life of a rancher. The romance that ensues between Tressa is predictable and of cowboy romances, but that does not deter the enjoyment readers draw from their relationship.
Aunt Hattie often steals the scene with her dry humour and no-nonsense demeanour. She is my most beloved character in this book for she is a woman who has passed through the bleakest of life’s trials and, through the grace of God, has come out a living testimony to God’s faithfulness and His enduring promise of life in abundance.