October 15, 2010

LEATHER, LASSOS, AND LADIES


·    Mail-order brides
·    Hunky cowboys
·    City gals gone West
·    Independent ranchers
·    Broken engagements
·    Herdsman school
·    Women stagecoach drivers
·    Women doctors

How can a reader choose between so many wonderful books being released each month? It’s like having dinner at an all-you-can-eat buffet. You can’t choose everything, but you can sample a whole lot. It’s a smorgasbord for our minds and our craving for adventure and inspiration.

Since Bustles and Spurs is all about western romance with a Christian message, I thought it would be fun to share some books from this genre with you. I will confess I haven’t read all of these novels, but I have read at least one book by each of these fabulous authors. I hope you’ll find something that lassos your interest.



A HOPEFUL HEART

By Kim Vogel Sawyer

ISBN 978-0-7642-0509-5

Released: June 1, 2010

Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas. The school's one-of-a-kind program teaches young women from the East the skills needed to become a rancher--or the wife of one. But will Tressa have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt's hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands?

Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the passel of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once--and he got his heart broken. But there's something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice. When trouble strikes, will Abel risk his life--and his heart--to help this eastern girl?

One very unique thing in this book: The story incorporates the use of a herdsman school in a mail-order bride twist.




A LOVE OF HER OWN

By Maggie Brendan

ISBN #: 978-0-8007-3351-3

Release Date: June 2010

It’s here, in Lewiston, Montana, where April McBride travels to attend her brother’s wedding. Still cautious after a broken engagement, she fully intends to guard her heart. One look around the small mining town convinces April that doing so won't be difficult—just a bunch of dusty shops, bad service, and ill-bred cowboys. But a run-in with horse trainer Wes Owen opens up vast possibilities for frustration, embarrassment, friendship, and . . . love?

Can April and Wes see past their differences to envision a future together? Or are they destined to live the rest of their lives alone?

One very unique thing in this book: The heroine drives a stagecoach.




A SUITOR FOR JENNY

Rocky Creek series

By Margaret Brownley

ISBN # 1595548106

Released: September 28, 2010

When looking for a husband it's best to go where the odds are in your favor.

After their parents died, Jenny Higgins felt responsible for taking care of her two younger sisters. Learning that Rocky Creek has the highest number of eligible bachelors per capita, Jenny rolls into this Texas town with a clear objective: find suitable husbands for her two younger sisters and then start fresh somewhere far, far away. Jenny believes that women who fall in love at first sight often wish they’d taken a second look, so she diligently begins to follow all the rules set forth in her handy manual on how to land a husband.

But while Jenny is interviewing the less-than-promising candidates, her sisters are falling in love the old fashioned way.  Jenny is convinced she knows how to pick “perfect” men and it will take two rebellious sisters, a handsome marshal and a whole lot of faith to convince her otherwise.
One very unique thing in this book: Jenny will do anything to find husbands for her sisters, even if it means giving every man in town the PHAT (Potential Husband Attitude Test)



DAKOTA COWBOY

Love Inspired Historical

By Linda Ford

ISBN: 978-0-373-82839-5

Released: July 2010



Surely the handsome cowboy can't be serious. Lucy Hall's father wants to see her? Now? After years of being brushed aside, Lucy's in no hurry to rush to the man's deathbed. And just as Wade Miller rode into town to bring her father's message, he can ride right back out with hers. But before Wade can leave, Lucy finds herself witness to a terrible crime, with a killer on her trail. In this storm of trouble, she'll take any shelter she can find--even if it means going to her father after all. Yet safety comes at a high price when time with the Dakota cowboy puts at risk the one thing Lucy's always protected--her heart.

One very unique thing in this book: (The cover. It has a cowboy on a horse. Very nice.) An orphaned little boy that Lucy is willing to protect at all costs and a distant father who must learn to confront his feelings.



HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

By Karen Witemeyer

ISBN #: 978-0764207563

Release Date: October 1, 2010



Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind. When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon--and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate. When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the child--and her inheritance--Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

One very unique thing in this book: My heroine only wears yellow.




LOVE FINDS YOU IN CALICO, CALIFORNIA

Author: Elizabeth Ludwig

Released: July, 2010

ISBN: 978-1609360016



A spunky young seamstress weaves her own story in a world run by men. When news of a silver strike reaches her Virginia hometown, Abigail Watts packs up her needles and thread and follows her beloved father out West. But when she’s suddenly left alone in the rough mining town of Calico, California, Abigail finds herself pressed into a marriage of convenience with the local livery owner, Nathan Hawk. Determined to uncover the mystery surrounding her father’s death in the mines, Abigail agrees to stay in Calico. But when the truth sets her free, will she decide to leave the town - and Nathan - for good?

One very unique thing in this book: Love Finds You in Calico, California is a love story set in a California mining town, but I tried to deal with issues outside of the norm. Racial prejudice, prejudice against women, and religious prejudice all play a part in the plot. Of course, there's plenty of romance, too. (wink)


LOVE FINDS YOU IN GOLDEN, NEW MEXICO

By Lena Nelson Dooley

ISBN #:  978-1935416746

Released:  May 2010


All that glitters is not gold.

It’s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride—despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip—and Jeremiah himself—the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her reputation beyond redemption.

One very unique thing in this book: This is a mail-order bride story with a twist that readers have loved.



PRAIRIE COURTSHIP

Love Inspired Historical

By Dorothy Clark

ISBN#: 978-0-373-82845-6

Released: Oct, 2010



A doctor! Zach froze, stared at Emma Allen---there was a look of grim forbearance on her face. He frowned and tossed his bedding over his saddle. A woman doctor. It would cause a furor among the emigrants if she plied her trade. That was all he needed. Another problem to get in the way of his getting this wagon train to Oregon country before winter hit the mountains.

One very unique thing in this book: In 1841 women doctors were rare and unappreciated. To be one on a wagon train intensifies the problem---as Emma Allen soon finds out.



SECOND CHANCE BRIDES

Texas Boardinghouse Brides, book 2   

By Vickie McDonough

ISBN: 978-1602606487                 

Released: September 1, 2010



Rejected mail-order brides, Shannon O’Neil and Leah Bennett, are stranded in Lookout, Texas, without husbands or future plans. Thankfully, the marshal has ordered the rascally Corbett brothers to pay for the women’s lodging at the boardinghouse, since they were the ones who brought the women to town in the first place. But the brothers are searching for a way to marry off the women and be free of their financial burden. Getting into the matchmaking business doesn’t sound as far-fetched as it once did. Will the Corbett brothers’ idea of hosting Saturday socials really bring these women the kind of loves they long for? Or will their plans backfire?

One very unique thing in this book: Two brothers start a matchmaking scheme to marry off two mail-order brides that they brought to town in hopes one would wed their cousin. They start hosting Saturday socials for the county’s single folk, but will their plans backfire when men come out in droves to dance with the available women?


THE BLACKSMITH'S BRAVERY

The Ladies Shooting Club Series book 3

By Susan Page Davis

Releases: Nov. 1, 2010 

ISBN-13: 978-1602607965



By age twelve, Vashti Edwards was orphaned and working her way west in saloons. Life in Fergus, Idaho, has given her new hope in Christian friends from The Ladies Shooting Club and an employer who turned her saloon into a restaurant. But money’s tight, and Vashti tries to get the job she’s dreamed of—as a stagecoach driver. Griffin Bane, local blacksmith, is overseeing the stagecoach line and admits he needs more help. But can a woman—even one known to be a good markswoman—handle the challenges and dangers on the trail? And can he brave the beautiful distraction she makes riding alongside him?

One very unique thing in this book: This series is about independent women in the 1880s who take responsibility for their own safety and security--to the chagrin of the men around them.


Me again. Did something here catch your eye? Leave us a comment and let us know. This isn’t a complete list of new releases, by any means, but just a few select books to get you started in your journey into Christian western romances. If you’ve read another good book that fits this genre, tell us about it.

Vickie McDonough

www.vickiemcdonough.com

3 comments:

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Great books here, Vickie. One of these days I'll sell one of my western-setting books too! I'm still praying, dreaming and hoping.

Vickie McDonough said...

One of these days it will happen, Tiff. Just keep working toward your dream.

Tina Dee Books said...

I'm reading like crazy to get reviews posted on the I have from this great list.

Thanks so much Vickie!

Loving your books!