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A Hopeful Heart (Heart of the Prairie, Bk 5)
A Hopeful Heart - Heart of the Prairie, Bk 5 Author:Kim Vogel Sawyer 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 ... more »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?« less
This is the first book I've read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I completely loved this book! The very idea of the Wyatt Herdsman School to teach women from the East to rope, ride, milk cows, brand calves, and be prepared to be ranchers' wives...is ingenious! The characters were perfect! Mrs. Wyatt is the perfect surrogate mother to these six girls. Tressa is a sweet but slightly bumbling orphan girl who's aunt and uncle sent her West. Abel is a hard working quiet man who doesn't trust Eastern women. Lovely story! I can't wait to read more books by Ms. Sawyer.
This was so good! I enjoyed Tressa's adventures as she learned the ins and outs of ranch living. She arrived at the Wyatt Herdsman School a sad, timid girl and graduated as a confident young woman with the needed skills to survive ranch life! I would highly recommend "A Hopeful Heart."