MEET THE HARVEY GIRLS: These real-life pioneering women were symbols of elegance in the wild frontier: taming rough manners, falling in love, and changing the face of the West forever.
Grace Rogers is ready for the adventure of a lifetime. With her family's farm falling on hard times, she accepts a position with the prestigious Fred Harvey Company and heads for Juniper, New Mexico. There she meets a handsome cowboy who quickly turns her head. Too bad the Harvey Girls are forbidden to marry...
Nick Hopkins has a plan: buy a little land, marry, and raise a family—in that order. But after meeting Grace, he can't keep away. Their only choice is to marry in secret...but Nick isn't the only man entranced by Grace's charms, and this unexpected rival doesn't plan on taking no for an answer. He will have her, no matter the cost: to Grace, to Juniper, or to the happily ever after Grace and Nick fought so hard to make their own.
Cowboys & Harvey Girls Series:
Trailblazer (Book 1)
Praise for Anna Schmidt:
"Readers wanting a good old fashioned Western romance need look no further than this one." —Dear Author for Last Chance Cowboys: The Drifter
"The perfect read." —RT Book Reviews for Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman
"A plot twist that will leave readers speechless." —Fresh Fiction for Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman
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This was my first book by Anna Schmidt, and I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to review one that was the first in a new series. I had heard of Harvey Girls, but had no clue as to what they were. I figured it was some sort of fashion style. I had no idea they were actually waitresses at Harvey Houses, restaurants and hotels built by The Fred Harvey Company to serve patrons along railway routes to the western U.S. in the latter part of the 19th century. It's great to learn a bit of history alongside my romance! This book started off rather slow for me, but finally took off halfway through the story. I was glad I didn't give up on it, because it ended up being a very enjoyable book. Grace was a Missouri farm girl who headed to New Mexico for a job as a Harvey Girl. Her family's farm was in financial straits, and she wanted to make money to assist them. On the train she meets handsome Nick, a ranch foreman. The two are instantly attracted, and the beginning of their romance is very sweet. They fall in love and decide to make a life together, but someone steps in to take away their happiness. That's when things really rev up and get exciting. Beside Grace and Nick are a great bunch of supporting characters. Grace has two great friends in calm Emma and feisty Lily. I also enjoyed co-workers Bonnie, Aidan and Jake, and the rancher and his wife who employ Nick. I'm most interested in the good looking sheriff with the cute dimple. Might we see him and Lily starring in a book together? I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
A lovely historic cowboy story about putting yourself before family if it is for your own happiness. Grace Rogers family is struggling and in an attempt to help them out she becomes a Harvey Girl these women work in the Fred Harvey Company in their restaurants that are springing up all over the west along the rail lines. When she finished her training she is sent to Juniper New Mexico. On the train she meets Nick Hopkins he is heading west in the hopes of buying some land he hopes to eventually build a house and get a wife and family He is instantly attracted to the young woman he meets on the train and when they discover they are both heading to Juniper it seems like fate. The contract for Grace says she cannot marry without leaving the company so taking away the money her family needs Will she put her family before her and Nicks happiness You will have to read to see