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Sophie Davenport feels like a prisoner in her own house. All her life, her overprotective parents have taken every possible measure to keep her from anything that might exacerbate her asthma-in other words, just about everything but reading and needlework. Yet Sophie longs for adventure.and for love. She determines to prove to her parents-and herself-that she can live a normal life, but she fears she may be relegated to the lonely life of a spinster.

Josh Harper is far more bookish than his brawny brothers. he grew up helping at his family's stagecoach stop in Kansas but now works in the small town of Windmill, where he manages his uncle's bank and tries to keep up with his young niece and nephew, who live with him so they can attend school. Though the children are a handful and keep him busy, Josh yearns for a family of his own, but eligible females are not exactly plenteous on the prairie.

When Sophie's aunt, a resident of Windmill, falls ill and requires help, Sophie volunteers. Despite his hesitation, her father finally relents and lets her go, as there is no other option. Her new role brings her into contact with the children boarding at her aunt's home-and with the handsome uncle of two of them. Is there a larger purpose in her coming to Windmill? Or will Josh Harper reject her, if not for her asthma attacks, then for the rocky nature of their relationship?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1603749624
ISBN-13: 9781603749626
Series: Pioneer Promises

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Sophie Davenport feels like a prisoner in her own house. All her life, her overprotective parents have taken every possible measure to keep her from anything that might exacerbate her asthma—in other words, just about everything but reading and needlework. Yet Sophie longs for adventure…and for love. She determines to prove to her parents—and herself—that she can live a normal life, but she fears she may be relegated to the lonely life of a spinster.
Josh Harper is far more bookish than his brawny brothers. He grew up helping at his family’s stagecoach stop in Kansas but now works in the small town of Windmill, where he manages the bank and tries to keep up with his young niece and nephew, who live with him so they can attend school. Though the children are a handful and keep him busy, Josh yearns for a family of his own, but eligible females are not exactly plenteous on the prairie.
When Sophie’s aunt, a resident of Windmill, falls ill and requires help, Sophie volunteers. Despite her father’s hesitation, he finally relents and lets her go, as there is no other option. Her new role brings her into contact with the children boarding at her aunt’s home—and with the handsome uncle of two of them. Is there a larger purpose in her coming to Windmill? Or will Josh Harper reject her, if not for her asthma attacks, then for the rocky nature of their relationship?

Author Bio

Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher. Instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is a best-selling author of more than forty published books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award.
Vickie and her husband, Robert, have four grown sons. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, doing stained glass, watching movies, and traveling.

Editorial Reviews

Call of the Prairie pulled me in from the first pages. Readers will cheer for Sophie Davenport, a sheltered city girl, as she struggles to triumph over the challenges of prairie life.
—Ann Shorey, Author, the Sisters at Heart series

Vickie McDonough’s writing shines in Call of the Prairie, a beautifully crafted story of courage and strength—and a reminder that even when the fulfillment of our dreams seems impossible, God has everything under control. I found myself captivated by the town of Windmill and its people and felt the call of the prairie tugging at my heart.
—Carol Cox, Author, Love in Disguise, Trouble in Store, and Truth Be Told

With her signature vivid descriptions that bring the prairie to life and a cast of engaging characters, Vickie McDonough gives readers a story that will linger in their hearts. More than a delightful historical romance, Call of the Prairie is also a story of duty and determination, of misunderstandings and mystery, of life and love. Don’t miss it.
—Amanda Cabot, CBA best-selling author

Vickie McDonough writes yet another historical romance that winds itself around your heart and doesn’t let go. Clearly defined characters, a captivating story that moves at a good pace, and a romance that draws you in all serve to create a winning combination in her latest release, Call of the Prairie.
—Miralee Ferrell, Award-winning author of Western romance

Vickie McDonough never fails to deliver, and her heartfelt story of an asthmatic woman’s plight to escape her overprotective parents and live a normal life will delight her many fans. Sophie Davenport jumps at the chance to travel to Kansas to care for an ailing aunt but is ill-prepared for what awaits her. Though breathing can be a chore at times, Sophie faces each challenge with courage and determination. Engaging, inspiring, and filled with love and hope, Sophie’s story is one for the keeper shelf.
—Margaret Brownley
Best-selling author, Dawn Comes Early, Waiting for Morning, and Gunpowder Tea

Josh Harper may be the shortest and least physical of the Harper brothers, but he stands tall and strong as the hero in Call of the Prairie. I love books about romance and strong family relationships, and Vickie McDonough scores big on both counts with this Prairie Promises series. I’m already looking forward to book three.
—Dorothy Clark, Author, Falling for the Teacher

Call of the Prairie is the perfect follow-up to Whispers on the Prairie. This second installment in the Pioneer Promises series does not fail to inspire. Enthralling characters and another page-turning plot had me staying up well past my bedtime! Three cheers for Vickie McDonough!
—Sharlene MacLaren, Award-winning author

I was particularly interested in this story because I also have asthma. Vickie’s book gave me an understanding of how hard it was for people to understand this condition in the late 1800s, as well as how little doctors knew about how to control its symptoms. I loved watching the hero and heroine move from a place where each felt constrained into the plans God had for them from the beginning. I walked right beside them through it all. The secondary characters were also well-developed. As always, Vickie McDonough carries her readers to a place they haven’t been and reveals the setting to them like a painter layering colors to complete a masterpiece.
—Lena Nelson Dooley, Award-winning author, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, and her highly acclaimed McKenna’s Daughters series

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  1. wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A nice enjoyable book
    May 19, 2014
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I found this book as a slow starter but soon found myself wanting to read faster and longer. Vickie has you admiring Sophie, showing what a strong and determined person she is for being treated almost like an invalid all of her life. Oh, and she's so happy to feel free! All in all this was a good book and one that I can recommend to others. Now that I read the second book in the series, I have to get the first one to read it too. Darn, another reason to buy a book, lol!
  2. Big Mom
    Ingleside, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Disappointing. Story line very generic.
    April 15, 2014
    Big Mom
    Ingleside, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for Call of the Prairie - eBook.
    I have read many of Vickie McDonough's previous books and thought I would enjoy this as much. Several chapters in, just started skipping pages. Couldn't get into the story. Felt it was more for young women.
  3. beth
    Oklahoma
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Always fun to read
    April 12, 2014
    beth
    Oklahoma
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Vickie McDonough's new book "Call of the Prairie" meets all my expectations and more. Sophia Davenport has asthma and has been sheltered by her overprotective parents. As a fellow asthma sufferer and the mother of asthmatics I can relate to Sophia's parents desire to keep her out of harms way.

    But adventure finds Sophia in Windmill, Kansas in a very unexpected situation. She is determined to live on her own against all odds. However, when she meets josh Harper she might be willing to change her mind.

    Josh is a young banker in Windmill. He is responsible for his niece and nephew as they live in town and go to school. He finds that he is dependent on Sophia to help him with the children. At first Josh and Sophia are too hard headed to see where the Lord is leading them. But God's will and love prevail.

    I always enjoy Vickie's books. They are full of history, humor and draw you in to make new friends. I would recommend this book. It is a great read.
  4. Henry McLaughlin
    Saginaw, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Solid Effort from Vickie McDonough
    February 4, 2014
    Henry McLaughlin
    Saginaw, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Sophie Davenport is trapped in her own home by chronic asthma and overly protective parents.

    Josh Harper, a small town banker caring for his nephew and niece so they can attend school, yearns for a family of his own.

    When Sophie's Aunt Maude asks for help after breaking her arm, Sophie pleads with her father to let her travel to Maude's to care for her. Her father most reluctantly agrees to her entreaties.

    Sophie learns Maude not only has a broken arm, she is seriously ill and unable to care for the three children who board with her and Josh's niece and nephew she watches after school.

    Josh and Sophie are soon brought together with fireworks going off as these two strong-willed individuals battle with affection for each other while they constantly question, doubt, and irritate the snot out of one another.

    Thus is the romantic journey of Sophie and Josh, a definite two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair.

    McDonough blends humor and drama very well throughout the novel.

    She creates characters who grab our attention and make us care about them.

    Sophie is feisty at times, fearful at others, sure of herself at times, unsure at others as she embarks on the adventure of caring for a sick aunt and five children who are_well, children in all the rambunctiousness of little ones.

    Josh is strong, capable, a little out of place at the bank, soft hearted about foreclosures, loves his niece and nephew, likes Sophie but is put off at times by her independence, always find the wrong ways to say things at the wrong times.

    The conflict between is interesting, but somewhat predictable. You know they're going to end up together. They keep making the same assumptions and mistakes with each other so it gets a little repetitive.

    Over the course of the story, the two grow up, become more mature, and gain insight into who they are and what they really desire.

    Plot is typical for a prairie romance but satisfying if this is your genre. Enough twists and turns to be interesting.

    The subplot of troubled little boy is well done and he captures the reader's heart as he captures Sophie's.

    Another subplot of a rival for Sophie's affection who presents an aura of mystery and danger is also well done.

    McDonough's story world is awesome. She gives a real feel for life in a small town on the prairie. Descriptions are just enough to give a sense of being there without being overwhelmed with minutiae.

    Minor characters add humor and spice to the story.

    A couple of things bothered me: The town seems to ignore Maude's illness until after Sophie arrives. Small towns in the era of this story are known for pitching in and helping each other out. Why that doesn't happen here or why the children aren't sent home or to other places to live doesn't seem to be adequately answered.

    The publisher, Whitaker House, provided me with a copy of the book for an honest review.
  5. Laurie Kingery
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A story of Independence Achieved
    January 28, 2014
    Laurie Kingery
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After reading Vickie McDough's WHISPERS ON THE PRAIRIE last year, I was very much looking forward to book 2 in the PRAIRIE PROMISES series, and it certainly was well worth waiting for. Heroine Sophie Davenport is a woman to admire, a virtual prisoner in her own house due to asthma and overprotective parents. My heart went out to her from the very first pages, when a mail-order beau fails to step up and show himself worthy of her, but at the time I was suffering from a respiratory ailment too, and found that the least little bit of stress or suspense sent me into paroxysms of coughing, so I could easily relate to Sophie's struggles with the restrictive airway disease. Through her own grit and determination, Sophie is able to seize an opportunity to prove herself when it is provided, and in the end she proves herself able and worthy of making her own destiny. While I would have liked a glimpse of the stagecoach inn and the family who staffed it that was provided in the first book in the series, I find myself totally hooked and awaiting book three. I hope it doesn't take long to come out!
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