Whispers on the Prairie, Pioneer Promises Series #1
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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
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1603748415
ISBN-13: 9781603748414
Series: Pioneer Promises

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Sarah Marshall never wanted to leave Chicago and head west on a wagon train bound for the New Mexico Territory, but she wasn’t given a choice. The rugged trail is no place for her ailing aunt—and tending oxen and gathering buffalo chips is no job for a sophisticated young woman. All Sarah wants is to see her aunt safely to Santa Fe, and then she plans to return home to the Windy City.
Ethan Harper, the youngest of three adult brothers, enjoys a peaceful existence helping run his family’s stage stop in Kansas, along the Santa Fe Trail. Only one cloud continues to darken his horizon—guilt over his part in the tragic death of his oldest brother’s wife. The only acceptable penance Ethan can think of is to find Aaron a new wife, and then his two children would have a mother.
A series of misfortunes strands Sarah and her aunt at the Harpers’ Stage Stop, where they depend upon the generosity of the kindhearted Harper family. Soon, the presence of an attractive young woman, however unversed in the ways of prairie living, wreaks havoc on the well-ordered lives of the Harper brothers. Ethan grasps at this chance to get Aaron a wife, but the more interest Aaron shows in Sarah, the less Ethan likes it. And Josh wants his chance at wooing her, too. Will any of the brothers prove himself worthy to Sarah? Or will she finally head home to Chicago, leaving behind a trail of broken hearts?

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

Vickie McDonough has another winner! Her knowledge of the Old West and the people who settled it shines in Whispers on the Prairie. With its well-drawn setting and cast of endearing characters, this delightful story will play tug-of-war with your emotions right up to the very last page.
—Carol Cox, Author, Love in Disguise and Trouble in Store

Whispers on the Prairie is a heartwarming historical romance with a great cast of realistic characters who will capture your heart from the first page. Charming, inspiring, and delightful—prairie romance at its best!
—Carrie Turansky, Award-winning author, The Governess of Highland Hall

Against a backdrop of the growing pains of the post-Civil War United States, Vickie McDonough weaves a tapestry of words depicting life on the plains and the changes that were quickly becoming the norm. Her characters leapt to life in my mind and my heart, and they stayed with me long after I finished reading this wonderful tale. Just the kind of book I will keep on my bookshelf.
—Lena Nelson Dooley, Award-winning author, Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, Catherine’s Pursuit, and Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

The story of Sarah Marshall and Ethan Harper tugged at my heartstrings, and it will echo in the heart of any reader who has ever yearned to belong and be wanted. Whispers on the Prairie is a title to cherish, and I eagerly await the next book in the Pioneer Promises series.
—Laurie Kingery, Author, Hill Country Cattlemen

When you avoid loving the one God desires for you, watch out—just ask Sarah Marshall and Ethan Harper. This story of two people determined to go their own way had this reader engaged faster than jelly slides on peanut butter. With Whispers on the Prairie, McDonough begins this new series on such a strong base that I was left wanting the next book right away.
—Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Author, Mind of Her Own, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee, Hearts on the Road, and We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed: A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families

Vickie McDonough has created a wealth of intriguing characters in this heartwarming tale of brotherly conflict and family loyalties set on the Kansas plains. Combining just the right amount of romance, faith, and honest emotions, Ms. McDonough has penned another winner that you won’t want to put down.
—Margaret Brownley, Best-selling author, Dawn Comes Early, Waiting for Morning,
and Gunpowder Tea

Gifted author Vickie McDonough blends authentic details of stagecoach stops, the hardships of the Santa Fe Trail, and the beauty of the prairie to give readers a heartwarming story of family, friendship, and true love.
—Amanda Cabot, Author, Waiting for Spring

A good plot, good writing, and characters so real, it seems as if you know them—Vickie McDonough delivers all of that and more in Whispers on the Prairie. I especially enjoyed the way she handled the relationship between the three Harper brothers. I’m looking forward to future books in her Pioneer Promises series.
—Dorothy Clark, Award-winning author, the Pinewood Weddings series

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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