Beneath a Prairie Moon
Beneath a Prairie Moon  -     By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
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Abigail grew up with privileged circumstances, but her father’s illegal transactions bans her from high society. She finds herself tutoring Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners to become suitable husbands to marry their mail-order brides.  Mack Cleveland is leery to see these Eastern women move to town. When he sees how hard the teacher works to smooth the rough edges away from the down-to-earth men, he begins to soften.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0735290059
ISBN-13: 9780735290051

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Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer's prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her.

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?

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KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband, Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

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  1. Trixi
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A uniquely penned novel to stir your heart!
    February 15, 2018
    Trixi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Life is often unfair, and we cannot change it. We can only do our utmost to make the best of what we've been dealt and perhaps try to bring a little happiness into others' lives. Isn't that what the Bible advises--to love one's neighbor as oneself?"

    Beneath a Prairie Moon brings us a story of Abigail Grant fallen from society due to her father's illegal dealings, leaving her penniless. Her last hope was to sign up to be a mail-order bride, but even that fails! Mrs. Bingham--owner of Bingham's Bevy of Brides mail-order service--decides to give her one more chance, but this time as an etiquette instructor to the rough & tumble potential grooms of Spiveyville Kansas. What ensues could be disaster or God's answer to her prayers.

    What a fun read! My heart went out to Miss Grant, who through no fault of her own, must seek out a different lifestyle than what she was brought up in. I can understand trying to make your own way into a world you don't have the first clue about. Part of me felt sorry for her & all the things she went through in her young life. Facing the unknown is certainly scary! But I love the way that Mrs Bingham (Helena) took her under her wings and guided her along the way. Just like a mother hen, she sometimes had to ruffle her feathers a bit & other times had to gather her close to lovingly encourage her. You can tell that Helena cared very much for her and only wanted the best for her. As for the potential grooms, each one had their own ideas and often times caused quite a stir with their uncouth & uncivilized ways! I had to laugh at some of the things they said or did, although I couldn't help but fall in love with their own unique personalities. I often found myself grinning from ear to ear! Now Mack Cleveland certainly stood out among the rest of them. While he was about the only one who hadn't sent out a letter to ask for a bride, he was willing to extend friendship to Abigail. He knew what it was like to have nobody to extend kindness to you, but he loved the town & how it's occupants extended that to him in a time of his own need. I loved watching romance slowly blossom like a prairie flower between these two. Sometimes love comes on gentle wings & your heart doesn't feel it until it grows so big that you can't imagine being without that person in your life. And that's exactly what happens here! Over all, faith is liberally sprinkled within the pages. Abigail had left her faith behind, Mack has always had his faith to cling to, and Mrs. Bingham let's it shine forth in all she does or says! A wonderful story to warm you heart & soul, bring laughter bubbling up, and a whole passel of potential grooms to get to know & love! Another fantastic historical story written by one of my favorite authors.

    * I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. *

  2. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Depth of Characters!
    February 13, 2018
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    3.5

    " .. lonely was one thing. Desperate was another . . . . Every other unmarried man in Spiveyville could participate in the scheme, but he wanted nothing to do with any mail-order bride."

    Abigail Grant's finely ordered world disintegrated when her father betrayed his business partners and was jailed for his wrongdoing. Her friends deserted her, her fianc broke their betrothal, and her mother's health declined dramatically until death. Having been unsuccessful in previous attempts to be a mail-order bride, she makes a life-changing decision; accompany Mrs. Helena Bingham, the owner of "Bingham's Bevy of Brides" to Spiveyville, Kansas in order to transform an entire town of uncouth men into gentlemen worthy of their future mates.

    Hardware store owner Mack Cleveland has made it very clear to himself; if God wants him to marry, God will bring him a wife, he doesn't have to rely on any bridal service to do the work for him. Thus, Mack is voted to travel into Pratt Center, Kansas and meet the train; the train bringing over a dozen young ladies to Spiveyville. Imagine his surprise when only two arrive, one is the owner of the mail-order bride service, and the other lovely, overly refined woman is Miss Abigail Grant, whose lack of head covering is going to result in a Kansas sunburn on her very first day.

    It's both hard to like Abigail and hard not to like her, as she struggles to adapt to her primitive surroundings. Mack's patience and understanding is hard fought as he struggles to befriend the lonely etiquette instructor, especially when suspicions about Abigail's honesty begin to surface. There are several very emotional scenes in this story, which make the ending all the more endearing, and the prairie moon all the more memorable.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
  3. Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    February 12, 2018
    Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh, my! I loved reading this book! It did have a couple of unexpected twists at the end but otherwise was a semi-predictable (its a romance novel, remember!), sweet, wonderful, clean Christian romance occurring in 1888 in a very small town in Kansas. I thoroughly loved it and just did not want it to end, even as I stayed up way to late trying to find out what would happen! I enjoyed the characters, especially as their relationships with God and each other changed. Miss Hoity-toity Abigail begins to soften both towards God and other people but will she be able to trust again? At one-point Helena, Mrs Matchmaker herself (otherwise known as Mrs. Bingham), aims a teary smile at the ceiling. God, I suspect You have a plan. I trust You to see it through. I dont want to say too much about what happens, but it is good!

    I highly recommend this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
  4. Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian Historical Fiction Best with Beneath a Prairie Moon
    February 7, 2018
    Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Why not set aside your stubborn pride and allow him to be your friend? You'll be much happier."

    An affluence heroine who had lost so much and a store owner hero in the developing town of Spiveyville, Kansas made Beneath a Prairie Moon, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, a beautiful Christian Historical Fiction. The rugged men of Spiveyville had contacted Helena Bingham of Bingham's Bevy of Brides in Newton, Massachusetts to send them mail order brides. Abigail Brantley was one of the perspective brides; however, her standard for poise and etiquette was not in her favor for the men Helena had sent her to. The request from sixteen men in Spiveyville to Bingham's Bevy showed their ruggedness, lack of proper courting and values in their letters to Helena. Helena proposed to Abigail that they journey to Spiveyville to educate the men on social etiquette, dancing, morals, caring and courting their perspective bride. Mack Cleveland, who had not requested a mail order bride, was appointed to pick up the women at the train station in Pratt Center, Kansas. The surprise was only two women were at the train station instead of the 16 mail order brides. Spiveyville men were not happy when they discovered the requirement for classes to wow their future brides but committed to the classes with the sheriff, minister and Mack watching out for Abigail as she taught. The unexpected events that kept happening and then a disappearance had everyone on alert. Will the men receive their brides they had sent money for? Will Abigail discover that her past societal position and affluence wasn't all that make one happy and to love another? The author's vivid descriptive words mixed with a wide aware of characters with a variety of personalities, happenings, struggles and victories through God's plan for each one were genuine and true to the era. This will be a favorite Christian historical fiction on my list by Sawyer. I look forward to reading more of Kim Vogel Sawyer books in the future as her books are filled with God's grace and hope through a fictional story.

    Thanks to Waterbrook publisher for a complimentary ARC copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Amanda
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exceeded my expectations!
    January 31, 2018
    Amanda
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the third book that I've read by Kim Vogel Sawyer and I can confidently say that she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I am not particularly a fan of historical fiction because I often find that it's a bit predictable and cliched but Sawyer's historical books do not fit into that mold.

    I expected one thing when starting the book based on the synopsis and got something much different (in a good way).

    The author is very gifted at character development...each character had their own voice and was very easy to picture. I found myself chuckling several times at the scenes of these "rascally" men who were very unrefined and just wanted to get some wives (the sooner the better). The contrast of these men to the uppity and snooty Abigail was very fun to read about.

    This story took several very unexpected turns that surprised me. There was depth to this story that I've found in all of Sawyer's books, which really adds to the enjoyment and makes them more memorable.

    I also appreciated that although there was romance, it began as a friendship and was very slow burning and sweet.

    My only wish was that there was an epilogue to see where these characters were in the future. A sequel would be even better!

    All in all, this was a very enjoyable story that I could see myself rereading in the future. I definitely recommend Kim Vogel Sawyer's books...I plan to purchase many more to read.

    I received this book from the author to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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