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Product Details

  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420835300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420835304
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,520,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a long book and I wasn't initially sure if I was going to like it. Set in Wyoming on a ranch when the railways had just started to have an impact on life for people, the information on the back suggested to me that the book was about a woman's mid-life crisis as her son leaves home for the first time. However it wasn't about that at all. It was indeed about her son Jess leaving home and going to work on the next door neighbour's ranch but Sarah isn't having a mid-life crisis, instead she's beginning to come out of the shell in which she's lived for nearly 20 years following the death of her abusive husband.

Right at the beginning of the story we meet Sarah's potential love interest, Frank Colby, son of the owner of the ranch next door. As the story progresses Sarah finds herself courted by various different men, most of whom she likes but one she can't stand. The men's approach to courting seems rather singular, however - they just eat lots of Sarah's food. And that was a strange thing about this book, the author seemed to detail almost every meal that her characters ate. In a way we learn about Sarah's generous and providing nature through the fact that she is an excellent cook and yet sometimes it seemed rather repetitive to read that she was making biscuits and potato pancakes and jelly and such things.

There was a thread of threat running through the book with Charles Schneider, the man that Sarah doesn't like, apparently beginning to stalk her. However that situation was dealt with towards the end of the book in just a couple of pages and the characterisation of Charles was perhaps rather facile.
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Congratulations to Susan Palmer for writing a gripping tale of a woman of depth and character in the untamed Wyoming frontier. She gives Sarah such personality that you can't help rooting her from start to finish, as you see her strength as she handles all that life has given her. All the satellites in her orbit, her son, her friends, her potential love interest, are painted with such care that the reader wants to learn more about them as they move in and out of Sarah's life. The descriptions of frontier life are so captivating, complete with inviting culinary descriptions, you can't help but be transported. Susan's style is so genuine, gentle and challenging throughout that the chapters keep flowing.
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Susan A. Palmer writes a great first novel with the characters so real and the setting so descriptive that you feel a part of the story. A can't put down novel that is enjoyable from the first page and the last page finds you wanting more.
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By Arlene on June 6, 2006
The time period is one of many changes--gradual, some swift but a most believable life. Sarah's story holds on for hopefully a brighter, exciting future.

'Twas a really entertaining "first read."
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