Saturday, March 24, 2018
Review: Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Description:Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?
My Review:This is a beautiful with rich and unique characters. I loved how the individual personalities developed through the story, how hearts and minds were changed, and how the men responded to feminine gentleness, and how the men set equally changed and broadened the women.
The characters are what really set this story apart from others. Each character is unique, and each has their own voice. They are so distinct that I can "hear" them in my mind. Mack, Buster, Helena, Otto, and the many others all won a special part in my heart.
While the story is mostly light and entertaining threads of mystery, suspense, and danger are woven throughout. It's a story that will have you laughing out loud one moment, and laughing at yourself for praying for fictional characters the next.
The contrast between the stuffy and formal East Coast women and the rough men of the west makes for some great moments, and the story that unfolds as both learn and grow from one another is inspirational.
I really enjoyed this story.
Available March 20, 2018
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.