My newest book releasing on October 1st is The Jewel of His Heart.
Not long ago, I spent some time visiting
where my brother died. It was a mixture of sadness and inspiration for me. I had already heard about the Yogo sapphires in Columbia Falls, MT from my brother but had no clue what they looked like. Shopping in the town of Montana , I saw many gorgeous stones fashioned into rings or necklaces. Here’s the one we bought while I was there. It sparked such an interest in me that I bought the book on the history of the Yogo Sapphire’s and started reading it. That’s when I got the idea for my story about a sheepherder. My story is loosely based on the discovery of that rich vein in the Yogo Creek of Montana. Whitefish
By the 1880’s, southern
had one ranch in five herding sheep. The sheepherders had all kind of perils to deal with, from stampedes, wolves and coyotes to disease. The sheep were dumb and unpredictable and sheepherding was considered the least attractive job in the Old West. The lone herder had at least one sheep dog which became his closest companion. For my book I used my brother’s dog, Shebe, as the hero’s sheepdog. This really old picture below is one that my mother gave to me and I passed it own to my youngest granddaughter, Sarah, who loves dogs. I think this depicts the sheepdog’s story well in the cold winter of Montana . Montana
From the Back Cover of Jewel of His Heart
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"Maggie Brendan is adept at weaving a sweet love story, and The Jewel of His Heart showcases her penchant for capturing the Old West in authentic dialogue, in vivid descriptions, and in the struggle of two hearts destined to become one. Within these pages indeed lies a jewel."--Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of From a Distance, Beyond This Moment, and The Inheritance
"With its tender love story and vivid imagery of a time gone by, Maggie Brendan's gentle style of prairie romance is reminiscent of Janette Oke, capturing the heart of both the Old West and the reader with romance that will make you sigh."--Julie Lessman, author of the Daughters of Boston series.
I hope you’re intrigued enough to pick up a copy of The Jewel of His Heart.