Call of the Prairie

Call of the Prairie

by Vickie McDonough


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Sophie Davenport feels like a prisoner in her own house. All her life, her overprotective parents have taken every possible measure to keep her from anything that might exacerbate her asthma—in other words, just about everything but reading and needlework. Yet Sophie longs for adventure…and for love. She determines to prove to her parents—and herself—that she can live a normal life, but she fears she may be relegated to the lonely life of a spinster.Josh Harper is far more bookish than his brawny brothers. He grew up helping at his family’s stagecoach stop in Kansas but now works in the small town of Windmill, where he manages the bank and tries to keep up with his young niece and nephew, who live with him so they can attend school. Though the children are a handful and keep him busy, Josh yearns for a family of his own, but eligible females are not exactly plenteous on the prairie.
When Sophie’s aunt, a resident of Windmill, falls ill and requires help, Sophie volunteers. Despite her father’s hesitation, he finally relents and lets her go, as there is no other option. Her new role brings her into contact with the children boarding at her aunt’s home—and with the handsome uncle of two of them. Is there a larger purpose in her coming to Windmill? Or will Josh Harper reject her, if not for her asthma attacks, then for the rocky nature of their relationship?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603749626
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher. Instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is a best-selling author of more than forty published books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award.
Vickie and her husband, Robert, have four grown sons. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, doing stained glass, watching movies, and traveling.

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Call of the Prairie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Janine_S More than 1 year ago
“Call of the Prairie” by Vickie McDonough is the second series of her 'Pioneer Promises'. This can be a stand alone book but I think that there is a wealth of information, that helps with a deeper understanding of Josh Harper, if the first book “Whispers in the Prairie” is read first. That is just my opinion but if that doesn't happen this is still an enjoyable book as is. I am not sure how many books I have read in the past where the hero was the banker but it might be in the order of I could still count on one hand. I loved how in this historical time of 1873, when most times the bankers are thought of as the devil themselves because of what they have to do at times, I enjoyed how this showed a totally different side of bankers of that time period. I was also highly impressed with how the heroine had her own health issues and how she didn't allow those issues to overcome her personality. It is so easy to allow a disability of some kind to overpower a person with bitterness, yet Sophie is so full of life. I can see with how her life has been up to her travel to Windmill, Kansas, where maybe she should have become bitter, yet she looked at everything as an adventure and wouldn't back down even when it seemed as if everything was overwhelming her. She found strength and courage when she didn't think she had them, and that to me makes a wonderful heroine especially since she knows her limits. I might not agree with a couple of Sophie's decisions that she made but I understand why she did make them. Josh Harper is the middle brother of the Harper brothers doing what he can to help his family including watching his young niece, Corrie, and nephew, Toby, who come to town in order to go to school. So not only is he a caretaker but the banker at the bank, he is the bookworm of his brothers, and yet there is so much more to him. Josh indeed has a tender heart but he is not a push over and knows what he needs to do in order to defend those he love and himself if need be. Josh seems to go through some changes through the story which was a joy to see. There are several secondary characters that play a big part of the story but frankly only two of those really captured my heart. One is Mikey, who frankly I pictured as the little boy in the commercial sometime ago where the famous line was, “Mikey likes it.” after he was eating the cereal. Yet this Mikey there is something so much more to him. I really hope we see him again in the future. Then there is Sophie's father who isn't quite who he wants everyone to see, but yet I saw through him fairly early on in the story. The struggles that Sophie faces when she arrives in Windmill is something that most people would run from screaming their head off, but not Sophie who runs in head long with a wing and a prayer. Her dreams don't feel like they are going to come true after how the beginning of the book starts off. Josh wonders if there is someone out there for him. These two may have had a sweet and tender first meeting but man the sparks, and they were not always good sparks, flew from the second meeting and lasted for quite some time. When those sparks turned from anger and distrust to something else, that is when things start to get interesting for some unexpected things pop up. This is truly a wonderful book that is so full of love, lessons, life and so much more that I hope all who read this book enjoy it as much as I did.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Icefire padded in, fining a nest at the back, settling in for a rest.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
I found this book as a slow starter but soon found myself wanting to read faster and longer. Vickie has you admiring Sophie, showing what a strong and determined person she is for being treated almost like an invalid all of her life. Oh, and she's so happy to feel free! All in all this was a good book and one that I can recommend to others. Now that I read the second book in the series, I have to get the first one to read it too. Darn, another reason to buy a book, lol!
Henry_McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
Sophie Davenport is trapped in her own home by chronic asthma and overly protective parents.  Josh Harper, a small town banker caring for his nephew and niece so they can attend school, yearns for a family of his own. When Sophie’s Aunt Maude asks for help after breaking her arm, Sophie pleads with her father to let her travel to Maude’s to care for her. Her father most reluctantly agrees to her entreaties. Sophie learns Maude not only has a broken arm, she is seriously ill and unable to care for the three children who board with her and Josh’s niece and nephew she watches after school. Josh and Sophie are soon brought together with fireworks going off as these two strong-willed individuals battle with affection for each other while they constantly question, doubt, and irritate the snot out of one another.  Thus is the romantic journey of Sophie and Josh, a definite two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair. McDonough blends humor and drama very well throughout the novel.  She creates characters who grab our attention and make us care about them.  Sophie is feisty at times, fearful at others, sure of herself at times, unsure at others as she embarks on the adventure of caring for a sick aunt and five children who are…well, children in all the rambunctiousness of little ones.  Josh is strong, capable, a little out of place at the bank, soft hearted about foreclosures, loves his niece and nephew, likes Sophie but is put off at times by her independence, always find the wrong ways to say things at the wrong times. The conflict between is interesting, but somewhat predictable. You know they’re going to end up together. They keep making the same assumptions and mistakes with each other so it gets a little repetitive. Over the course of the story, the two grow up, become more mature, and gain insight into who they are and what they really desire. Plot is typical for a prairie romance but satisfying if this is your genre. Enough twists and turns to be interesting. The subplot of troubled little boy is well done and he captures the reader’s heart as he captures Sophie’s.  Another subplot of a rival for Sophie’s affection who presents an aura of mystery and danger is also well done.  McDonough’s story world is awesome. She gives a real feel for life in a small town on the prairie. Descriptions are just enough to give a sense of being there without being overwhelmed with minutiae. Minor characters add humor and spice to the story.  A couple of things bothered me:  The town seems to ignore Maude’s illness until after Sophie arrives. Small towns in the era of this story are known for pitching in and helping each other out. Why that doesn’t happen here or why the children aren’t sent home or to other places to live doesn’t seem to be adequately answered.  The publisher, Whitaker House, provided me with a copy of the book for an honest review.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Sophie Davenport longs for a life of independence instead of being smothered by her parents' constant concern for her delicate health. After years of dealing with asthma, they aren't exactly willing to let her out of their domain. When extenuating circumstances allow her a brief respite to travel to Kansas and care of her ill aunt, Sophie jumps at the opportunity for a change in her situation. Josh Harper isn't impressed when he meets the young woman who came to assist her aunt and also watch his niece and nephew after school each day. He doubts her privileged background prepared her to deal with the three additional youngsters that live with her aunt and also maintain a home too. In fact, he isn't sure he should entrust his loved ones into her care at all. Sparks fly when the two battle wits over her abilities. Vickie McDonough has another potential award-winning book on her hands with Call of the Prairie. She weaves a delightful tale of life on the Kansas prairie. With her lively dialogue and gift for description, the reader is easily drawn into the story of young Sophie and Josh. It won't disappoint. This book was provided free for review by Whitaker House.