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

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

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 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: 9780800733353
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: Heart of the West Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,250,915
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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 and A Sweet Misfortune. 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 Christian 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 0 ratings. 262 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story of the untamed west peppered with hardships, relationships and real living. As always the heroine is a bit bigger/stronger than life, but a good read.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were loveable and reminded me of God's special place he has for all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intreresting characters. The writing was excellent and kept up a good pace throughout each chapter. I enjoyed the cattle drive to Denver. I felt like I was riding beside Crystal and Luke. Looking forward to Book 2 of the Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple story, well told. You will enjoy it .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storyline and characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Crystal was truly a strong woman. There is a lot of tragedies in story, and you don't know how these folks are going to cope. They seem to have found their strong in God, but never forced their beliefs on the other characters or you as the reader. Would highly recommend this book and this author. Mjw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago