Westerns have never been my first choice for reading, but the twist of bringing the old South to Colorado ranching territory caught my attention. I'm glad it did. I very much enjoyed this book. I love details and Maggie Brendan supplied the right details to make me feel like I took a trip to the Colorado Rockies. The approaching winter snow, the ruggedness of a trial drive, the differences between Georgia and Colorado - all made this a delightful read. Also, the characters are memorable and suprising at times. Knowing I get to continue reading about this people makes me look forward to the next books. Enjoy!
Crystal Clark has come to Colorado, hoping for a fresh start, but life on a ranch brings many challengesand dangers. Crystals father died, leaving her destitute, and her only hope for a home is with her Aunt Kate on her cattle ranch. Everything is different in Colorado, and Crystal feels out of place. The ranch hands make eyes at her, and the women of the town look down on her, saying shes a prissy southern belle. The one man who turns her head doubts she has the ability to survive life in the West. Crystal is determined to prove Luke wrong, even if it means enduring a cattle drive. When disaster strikes, Crystal and Luke must work together to save Kates ranch and their home. But is Crystal up to the task? Or will she tuck tail and run?NO PLACE FOR A LADY is Maggie Brendans first novel, but it certainly doesnt read like one. The characters pop off the page, and the Colorado setting comes alive with her vivid descriptions. Readers will love the sparks that fly between Crystal and Luke and will find the ending very satisfying. Im looking forward to reading future books in Ms. Brendans Heart of the West series.
When southern belle Crystal Clark leaves sadness behind in Georgia to visit her aunt's cattle ranch in Colorado, she has no idea that the scenery isn't the only thing that will be different. Some of Crystal's new acquaintances judge her too quickly based on the way she looks and their preconceived notions of southern women. The handsome ranch foreman, Luke Weber, makes that same mistake and the sparks fly! Crystal surprises the locals with her ability to handle adversity and nobody is more surprised than Luke. One of the things I really love about this story is the way Maggie Brendan describes the flowers, trees, streams, weather and scenery. Her vivid descriptions made me really see the Yampa Valley and the cattle drive to Denver. This is Brendans first novel and I cant wait to read her second. I have a feeling were going to be seeing a lot more from her!