Whispers on the Prairie, Pioneer Promises Series #1   -     By: Vickie McDonough
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Whispers on the Prairie, Pioneer Promises Series #1

Whitaker House Publishers / 2013 / Paperback

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A City Girl Far from Home...Sarah Marshall just wants to go home. It wasn't her idea to leave Chicago and head west in search of gold, but her uncle's ambition left her no choice. Neither was her intention to settle in Kansas City with her ailing aunt, but being penniless and without possessions brings little bargaining power. Pretty soon, she resigns herself to her fate, however unfortunate. It isn't as if she has a home to go back to.

A Country Boy Seeking to Right a Wrong...Ethan Harper, the youngest of three brothers, enjoys a peaceful existence helping run his family's stage shop along the Santa Fe Trail. Only one cloud continues to darken his horizon-guilt over the tragic death of his oldest brother's wife. The only acceptable penance Ethan can think of is finding another woman to marry his brother and help raise his motherless children.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Whitaker House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1603748415
ISBN-13: 9781603748414
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Series: Pioneer Promises

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  1. Ingleside, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Disappointing. Stopped reading half way through.
    April 15, 2014
    Big Mom
    Ingleside, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for Whispers on the Prairie - eBook.
    Have had enough of beautiful, petite, young, spoiled women.

    Have enjoyed several of Vickie McDonough's previous books and certainly looked forward to this new series. Was very disappointed. Did not even bother reading the book to the end.

    It is getting more difficult to find author's who develop character's not based on youth and beauty, but on character strength and the many challenges they have endured.
  2. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet, cozy prairie romance
    January 5, 2014
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Whispers on the Prairie is book #1 in Vickie McDonough's Pioneer Promises series, stories set in 1870s Kansas that follow the lives of the close-knit Harper family. Aaron, Josh, and Ethan are brothers who help their parents run the Harper Stage Stop, one of the first stops on the Santa Fe trail for pioneers traveling west. As the railroad crosses Kansas and stage service dwindles, the Harpers are forced to make changes in order to survive.

    With good use of humor and conveying a vivid sense of the Kansas prairie with her easy-flowing writing style, Vickie has created an interesting narrative built around a family that I enjoyed getting to know and look forward to spending more time with throughout the series.

    Ethan and Sarah are enjoyable characters, with good chemistry between them. Ethan, youngest of the brothers, carries guilt over an accident two years earlier that caused the death of Aaron's wife and he therefore tends to be over protective. Sarah, in spite of being a city girl from Chicago, proves to be a hard worker and quickly adapts to life on the prairie.

    It's so funny to see the way Ethan, Josh and Aaron react to Sarah's presence. "What was it about the presence of a woman that caused grown men to turn on those they cared about?" Ethan wonders. Or better yet, in Mr. Harper's words: "What do you expect to happen if you put three stallions in a corral with just one mare?"

    The Harpers have a deep-rooted faith, evidenced in one way by their welcoming of Sarah and her aunt into their home. It's sweet to watch the relationship between these two families grow, and Sarah's eyes are gradually opened to a different view of God than she had known in the past.

    Whispers on the Prairie is simply a sweet, cozy prairie romance with a Gospel message, one that fans of this genre will enjoy. I would have liked to see the ending stretched out a little more, but I trust that we will see more of Sarah and Ethan in the next book, Call of the Prairie, which has just released. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational romance.

    This book was provided by Whitaker House in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Sacramento, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Whispers on the Prairie
    July 30, 2013
    Lois K
    Sacramento, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Vickie McDonough has done it again--written a great story. This one starts in 1868 Kansas with a tragedy involving Ethan Harper. Then it moves to 1870 Chicago where we meet Sarah Marshall, our heroine, her Aunt Emma and Uncle Harvey. Aunt Emma is a wonderful person, but that's not true of Uncle Harvey. When Sarah is forced to go with them to Santa Fe, New Mexico, she is bound and determined to go back to Chicago. Well...circumstances conspire against Sarah's plans. She and her aunt end up staying with the Harper family (mother Karen, father Nick and 3 sons, Aaron, Josh & Ethan) at their stage stop. Ethan is the one made for Sarah, and has feelings for her that confuse him, but he has his two brothers to contend with, especially Aaron who needs a mother for his two children, Corrie and Toby. You know Sarah will find her happy ending, but it keeps you wondering how it will come about. I loved all the characters in this story--Aunt Emma loves Sarah and wants the best for her; Karen loves her family and has such insight into her sons' feelings; Nick is a wise and loving father; Aaron, Josh and Ethan are handsome and strong men , yet caring and gentle. You can't help but love Corrie (age 6) and Toby (age 4) with their ability to play and have fun, but also do the chores required of them. I can hardly wait for Book 2 and 3 of this Pioneer Promises series. I want to see who Josh and Aaron will find for wives because all three Harper sons deserve to live happily-ever-after with women who love them. I'm grateful to Vickie McDonough and her publisher for providing me with this book to read and review. I expected a wonderful story and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
  4. rural NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Prairie Romance at its finest!
    July 24, 2013
    homesteading
    rural NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Do you enjoy Janette Oke's books? If so, then Whispers on the Prairie by Vickie McDonough is the book for you! Seriously, I haven't read a 'prairie' romance that I have enjoyed more than this one. From the beginning, I was entranced by this story. I did not want to put it down. It's not a long book but it is overflowing with rich characters, deep spiritual themes, and lots of good old fashioned romance.

    Emotionally captivating seems like such an inadequate way to describe how this story drew me in but I can't think of another description. I felt so sorry for the way that Sarah's uncle treated her and yet she remained a precious and devoted companion to her aunt. Ethan carried such a heavy burden about the death of his sister-in-law, even though it was misplaced. While these two come together under unusual circumstances, Vickie brings about the sweetest and most gentle of romances that totally warmed my soul, leaving me to imagine it might actually have happened.

    Anyone who is a fan of top quality Historical Fiction will become fully enthralled with this story. It's a lovely beginning to a new series. I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review, only give my honest thoughts on the book.
  5. upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another lovely story by Vickie!
    July 24, 2013
    Stephanie
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I've only read one book of Vickie's - The Anonymous Bride, and really enjoyed her style. Books 2 and 3 of the Boardinghouse Brides are on my shelf, but have you ever seen my shelves? My TBR (to-be-read) pile only gets taller and taller by the day (last check...124 books and counting - and that's just on my living room shelves, didn't even bother checking my 'upstairs' books)! Anyway, it's hard to choose when I have breaks between review books!

    So...I had a chance to review Vickie's newest book, Whispers on the Prairie, and that meant a book of hers went to the top of the TBR pile!

    Vickie's style was as enjoyable as I remember! I didn't really think Sarah was Miss Priss - never felt much of her 'citified' history to make a good foundation for that argument. She seemed willing to pitch in with wagon train and household chores and was a good cook (something sophisticated girls in historical books can't seem to do). She just seemed like a sweet girl who had many things go wrong in her young life.

    I loved the tension of the three brothers with one pretty girl in the house. Who will win her heart? And, I loved that Mrs. Harper seemed to know just which son liked Sarah, and encouraged him without being pushy.

    I did think the ending was a bit hurried - not in the exciting don't-let-her-get-away way, but I didn't expect Sarah to yell to - I won't say which brother! - and declare her love... She didn't seem the type to be so forward, when she didn't think he liked her!

    Regardless, Whispers on the Prairie was sweet and tender, with some fun and seriousness - just the kind of western-wagon-train-prairie-settlers romance I enjoy! I hope the rest of Vickie's Pioneer Promises series deals with the other 2 Harper brothers! I liked that whole family and want to hear more!

    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Vickie McDonough
Located in: Oklahoma
Submitted: June 29, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I’m Vickie McDonough, and I write mostly historical romances, although I have been known to pen a contemporary story now and then. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and still live there. I’m a wife, mom of four grown sons, grandma, and primary caregiver to my eighty-three-year-old mother. My dream when I was young was to grow up and marry a rancher, but instead, I married a sweet computer geek who is scared of horses. I’ve been blessed to be able to write out my dream through fiction where I often write about cowboys, ranchers, and lawmen.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to set a series in Kansas, so my husband and I took a trip up there. One place we visited was the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop in Olathe, KS. I fell in love with the 150-year-old home and stories our guide told about the family. As a result of this visit, I decided to set the first book in my Pioneer Promises series on a stage stop in eastern Kansas.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  My poor heroine faces all kinds of problems, but she learns that God has always been there, waiting to help if only she would call on Him. I hope that my readers will take that message away with them and seek God when they face hard times.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My pastor preaches wonderful sermons, and parts of them sometimes find their way into my stories. I also read a lot and get inspiration from books and online sites.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Most of my life, I've been a reader of fiction and I love a great book, so I very much appreciate my readers. On my website Home page, there is a link to a page where you can sign-up to receive my book news, if you'd like to.

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