No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West Series #1)

No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West Series #1)

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by Maggie Brendan
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441203625
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Heart of the West Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
43,917
File size:
771 KB

Meet the Author

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader's Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the Author's Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family. You can follow her at her website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com, and on Facebook and Twitter @MaggieBrendan.
Maggie Brendan is the CBA bestselling author of the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series, as well as The Trouble with Patience. Her books have received the Book Buyers Best Award from the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America and the Laurel Wreath Award. A member of the American Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, and Author's Guild, Maggie lives in Georgia.

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No Place for a Lady 4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 254 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because the stage was set from the beginning. It held my attention throughout the entire book. I could identify with a girl going somewhere totally out of her element and learning to pick up the culture. I thought the way the main character learned to find out who how to survive and keep the principles she based her life on was refreshing. I liked that this book kept me interested and that I could recommend it as well in content to my teenage nieces for a good wholesome read with the characters actually having character!
Orla More than 1 year ago
Miss Brendans style of writing transported me to Colorado, to where I felt as if I was at Aspengold. The characters seemed so real that I feel as if I made new friends that I can't wait to visit again. Different events in the book either made me cry, smile, or drop my jaw and exclaim, "What?!" I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romance novel with adventure mixed in with it.
HONeal More than 1 year ago
Maggie Brendan's No Place for a Lady is an inspirational and spiritual novel set in the historical west, full of real characters you come to root for and love. Brendan creates three-dimensional people of strength without masking their faults, making it easy for the readers of this novel to identify with the characters' thoughts, ambitions, and trials. At several points Brendan's humor had me laughing aloud, and more than once the realistic depictions of the arduousness of life in turn-of-the-century Colorado had me crying too. Under Brendan's skillful pen, the West comes alive and makes us regret our inability to experience it first-hand-lucky for us, No Place for a Lady captures with historical accuracy the lives of ordinary people asking themselves the questions and experiencing the joys and pains of life that still resonate today. I would recommend this book to fans of westerns, Christian novels, and to all readers who seek a thoroughly engaging and beautifully written story. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series, The Jewel of His Heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read if u enjoy 1890 ish westerns, adventure, a great love story. The book has harsh conditions, is beautifully written, sad at times, and a good spiritual feel to it. The characters are well developed, the plot is unique, and for a change no sex. I highly recommend this novel and plan to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, richly detailed and well written. I will probably look for others by this author!
oceannie More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, the setting, the characters. It was a relief to read a book that had characters who developed a relationship without hopping into bed with each other. I would have preferred a little less preachiness, but overall it's an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It has a really intriguing story line. It has it's sad parts, it's filled with action, and it has a nice romantic twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not impressed. I liked the way the author held off reconciliation untill the end (nice suspence in that), but communication between the lovers is horrid throughout the entire book. I'm only sixteen, but l've read literally hundreds of Christian fictions and Amish fictions, so l know what l'm talking about. The way Crystal and her romacer (not going to spoil and give the name) hardly ever treat eachother friendly and sweet, except when kissing or tragic cirrcumstances bring them together in woe. "Good grief!", I kept saying to myself. I don't want to think ahead to my courting years and think of arguing constantly with the man l love! One other serious flaw is that the "Christian" part of this "Christian fiction" title was clearly an after-thought. Besides occasionally referencing God's greatness or praying, salvation comes in only in the last few chapters and is still kind of vague and round-a-boutish. Anyways, l hope this has helped y'all in choosing a book. If you really want this one, check it out from the library. It isn't worth it.
francisca26 More than 1 year ago
its a beutiful early era love story. I recommended to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was in the mood for some light reading, and this fit the bill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dialogue was too stiff so I did not read more than a few pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I like historical romance, however what I got was an ongoing prayer meeting. Not only was it preachy, I found it highly unrealistic and underwhelming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though the ending was a little predictable, I really loved this story. Laughed, cried, booed even...a few unexpected twists, clean romance. Enjoy Christian historical fiction...this writer is at the top of my favorites list. Review by CherishD
Nani23 More than 1 year ago
It captured my attention in the first chapter and kept throughout the rest of the book. Loving, honest, heartwarming, wholesome and refreshing. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was a freebie, so i figured why not. Wasnt the best i have read nor the worst. Turned out to be a quiet, peaceable story with a little religion thrown in. Was ok overall.
Undo More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Interesting story. Accurate on locations in Colorado. Only thing is, there are no tornadoes in the mountains of Colorado, so that part was hokey.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of blah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't understand all of the wonderful reviews. Too much death, and killed off the only character I found interesting for the first three quarters of the book. I hated the hero, and thought he acted like a bratty child for almost the entire book. The heroine was sweet, but I felt that was about all I knew about her except that she would act like a pouty child whenever she got near the hero. If there were ever two people destined to fail at marriage, it would have to be these two. They seemed like cardboard characters I didn't feel I knew at all, so I did not care what happened to them. The description of the scenery was about the only redeeming feature of this story. I had to force myself to finish the book, because I kept thinking it couldn't really be this bad. The story does get more interesting with the cattle drive and from then on, but that's most of the way through the book. I never did feel any chemistry between the hero and heroine. I loved the first book of the Blue Willow seriesby this author, so I went looking for another of her stories and found this. I wish I hadn't.
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I loved this story of life in Colorado in the late 1800's. I highly recommend.
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A wonderful story putting you back in the French settlements in Louisiana in 1700's. I learned a lot of history as well as enjoyed a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very sweet story that I completely enjoyed reading.