No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West Book #1): A Novel

by Maggie Brendan

Ebook, 2009

Status

Available

Call number

813.6

Publication

Revell (2009), Edition: Original, 305 pages

Description

While visiting her aunt Kate's cattle ranch in Colorado, Crystal Clark is determined to hold her own in this wild land, but when tragedy strikes the ranch, Crystal must tap all of her resolve to save the ranch from a greedy neighboring landowner.

User reviews

LibraryThing member cherryblossommj
Having a plot line that starts and grows with tragedy, this is a novel that grabs your heart and makes you silently or even sometimes verbally cheer on the heroine to succeed at her current goal. Maggie Brendan has done well with her first novel and I definitely look forward to more. This is easily one of those stories where you are screaming for the characters to see what you as a reader are seeing. There are times where I thought something would come out differently, but with the story coming to a close I could not have imagined anything better than the way it was itself. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!… (more)
LibraryThing member cherryblossommj
Having a plot line that starts and grows with tragedy, this is a novel that grabs your heart and makes you silently or even sometimes verbally cheer on the heroine to succeed at her current goal. Maggie Brendan has done well with her first novel and I definitely look forward to more. This is easily one of those stories where you are screaming for the characters to see what you as a reader are seeing. There are times where I thought something would come out differently, but with the story coming to a close I could not have imagined anything better than the way it was itself. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!… (more)
LibraryThing member judyg54
The following description of this story was taken from the back cover with a few deleted lines. I felt it gave a very good description of this book: "Crystal Clark arrives in Colorado's Yampa Valley in 1892. Crystal is relieved to be leaving the troubles of her Georgia life behind to visit her aunt Kate's cattle ranch. Despite being raised as a proper Southern belle, Crystal is determined to hold her own in this wild land--even if a certain handsome foreman doubts her abilities.

Just when she thinks she's getting a handle on the constant male attention from the cowhands and the catty barbs from some of the local young women, tragedy strikes the ranch. Crystal will have to tap all of her resolve to save the ranch. Can she rise to the challenge?

Book one in the Heart of the West series, No Place for a Lady is full of adventure, romance, and the indomitable human spirit. Readers will fall in love with the Colorado setting and the spunky Southern belle who wants to claim it as her own."

I appreciated Crystal's determination. I had a hard time liking the foreman, Luke, at first as he seemed a little harsh, but he does grow on you after awhile. Life wasn't easy in the rugged Colorado terrain, and the author did a good job of making you understand the harsh conditions, as well as the beauty of that part of the West. An enjoyable story that left me wondering about some of the other characters, which I am hoping will show up in the next two books.
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LibraryThing member oldriverbooks
For a first novel I think this was a good start. The book is a christian / inspirational romance.

Crystal Clark arrives in Colorado's Yampa Valley amid the splendor of a high country June in 1892. After the death of her father, Crystal is relieved to be leaving the troubles of her Georgia life behind to visit her aunt Kate's cattle ranch. Despite being raised as a proper Southern belle, Crystal is determined to hold her own in this wild land--even if a certain handsome foreman doubts her abilities. Just when she thinks she's getting a handle on the constant male attention from the cowhands and the catty barbs from some of the local young women, tragedy strikes the ranch. Crystal will have to tap all of her resolve to save the ranch from a greedy neighboring landowner. Can she rise to the challenge? Or will she head back to Georgia defeated? Book one in the Heart of the West series, No Place for a Lady is full of adventure, romance, and the indomitable human spirit. Readers will fall in love with the Colorado setting and the spunky Southern belle who wants to claim it as her own.… (more)
LibraryThing member caslater83
I love how the sparks fly between Crystal and Luke. They like each other, yet they always say something to tick off the other. It's comical at times. I like the interaction between April and Crystal--cold as icicles! April makes a dynamite enemy and adds an exciting element to the story. If the rest of the series is as good as this book, I'm going to be one happy reader!… (more)
LibraryThing member caslater83
I love how the sparks fly between Crystal and Luke. They like each other, yet they always say something to tick off the other. It's comical at times. I like the interaction between April and Crystal--cold as icicles! April makes a dynamite enemy and adds an exciting element to the story. If the rest of the series is as good as this book, I'm going to be one happy reader!… (more)

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