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A Story of the West Paperback – June 8, 2009
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It was a tad bit slow starting out, but then got real good when the little love story was thrown in there. It went from a love story to sadness to adventure and suspense, back to love story, back to sadness.... I love a book that can take you from the edge of your seat to sobbing in a matter of pages!
And - how can I talk about this book without giving it all away? Well - there are so many things that happened that just blew my mind. It was not predictable at all. My sweet happily ever after turned into a gunslinger adventure book!
Now I have to admit - I have never been the gunslinger type of gal. I am more the woman staying home keeping ranch waiting for her man kinda gal. But I really got into this book! At first I wasn't sure I even liked Matt Daly - I really liked Lavina, but then half way through I really did start liking Matt and I was rooting for him and actually respected him!
The book switches back and forth from Matt's point of view to Lavina's point of view and I really love books that do that. Of course I loved Lavina's part better only because I can connect with a female better. She started out as a frail shy naive little girl and ended up being a Kick-ass woman of the west! I loved her!
"Hello, I'm Mrs. Daly, and I wish to withdraw funds from my husbands account." ...
The young man facing Lavina wasn't sure how to handle her request.... He was faced with what he considered a big decision. The large amount Mrs. Daly wanted would drain the account.
"How much do you need?" He asked again in a condescending tone. It was an obvious attempt to hide his inexperience. "Isn't there someone who could sign for you?Read more ›
The second part of the book had more action, and the descriptions continued to help me feel like I was right there with the main characters.
Our book club had the rare opportunity to discuss this book with the author. What a delight it was to hear how she went about writing the book and where the origin of the story began.
A STORY OF THE WEST follows Matt Daly, the owner of the D Rockin' D cattle ranch, through cattle drives and through his daily life and gives a wonderful explanation of a cowboy's life at home and his travel from one open field to another rounding up cattle. I enjoyed the account of how the towns sprung up and how folks knew exactly where to put saloons and all-purpose stores to help the West become populated. The description of the stores, the ranches, and the daily life was very vivid and made you feel as though you were experiencing all of it along with the characters.
Life in the 1880's included the difficulties of cooking, bathing, and staying warm in the winter. This life was a lot of hard work and also a difficult life for the citizens as the West was being developed, but all of this was a part of a settler's daily living. You will also be a part of Lavina and Matt's love story as well as the life of the rough cowboys and gunfights in the lawless towns. You will vicariously live through all of this and enjoy the story through the great depiction by the author.
Ms. Spence did a wonderful job recreating the development of the West and portraying what family life was like during the 1800's. The story had suspense, colorful characters, and interesting facts that kept you reading. Matt Daly's story, along with all the people he met, was merged in a very engaging way throughout the entire book.
I thoroughly enjoyed A STORY OF THE WEST.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an awesome story. I could not stop reading. This is truly an exciting and unpredictable story line. The characters are likable interesting to follow.Published on June 9, 2013 by oceandude
Excellent reading.good story line.also descriptions generally were woven into the story lines. Description gave depth to the characters and the situations. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Richard
Wonderful book couldn't put it down I will read more from this author Susan Spence I love old west story 'sPublished on May 1, 2013 by AutoFill Connie Noland
The Story of the West by Susan Spence is a historical novel that takes place in the American West in the later 1880's. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Kathleen Kelly
Even though I'm not a fan of historical fiction or westerns, I've been trying to expand my reading into other genres to see if I'm missing something. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Vicki
A Story of the West is a fascinating Western Historical fiction novel that is filled with a richly detailed history of the 1880s Wild West mixed with the tenderhearted romance of a... Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews