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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (June 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144014799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440147999
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,794,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Spence writes about the West, both old and new. She watches the prairie, alive with deer and antelope, eagles and hawks, rabbits and snakes. The animals share an old sheep shearing station with the author and her husband while she tells stories about the people who live there. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Susan Spence writes about the West, both old and new. She watches the prairie, alive with deer and antelope, eagles and hawks, rabbits and snakes. The animals share an old sheep shearing station with the author and her husband while she tells stories about the people who live there.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a good story of the old west.
S. Drinkard
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.
Silver's Reviews
This is a story that does not have a lot of dialogue but that does not detract from the story.
Kathleen Kelly

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Peters on June 12, 2013
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For the first half of the book I was so bored that I almost deleted the book from my kindle. Then the story picked up with a lot of action. Unfortunately the hero also turned into a worthless drunk at the same point. It was hard to sympathize or empathize with him because of his own self destructive habits. When he finally gets back to being human the story again becomes boring. On the plus side I did finally finish the book so I gave it an average rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Christensen on June 10, 2013
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I nearly didn't write a review because I didn't want to be the only one who wasn't impressed with this book. I found it to be terribly slow the first almost half of the book. Slow to the point I nearly deleted it. The story felt all over the place. I really like a lot of detail so you feel you're part of the story, however, too often this went into way too much detail to the point of boring. It was very real to the time period but I probably wouldn't recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kbusz on October 18, 2012
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This was an interesting read. The author spent a good part of the first half of the book developing characters and the setting for the book. The descriptions of how to saddle a horse or round up cattle, to the setting of the ranch, and the inside of the house, painted a great picture of the west in the 1800s.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wall-to-wall books on June 4, 2012
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Well this book was not what I expected! Holy cow!
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?
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By oceandude on June 9, 2013
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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.
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By Richard on June 3, 2013
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Excellent reading.good story line.also descriptions generally were woven into the story lines. Description gave depth to the characters and the situations. I think it may be best reading for adults. A really enjoyable story
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Wonderful book couldn't put it down I will read more from this author Susan Spence I love old west story 's
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Format: Paperback
Roping cattle, trading horses, living in log cabins, cooking on a wood-cook stove, an all-purpose store in town...... you will experience all of this as you turn the pages.

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.
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