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The Happiest Man in the Territory, The Traherns #5 (The Traherns series) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Radke
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Book Description

She's not looking for a husband.
He's not looking for a wife.
When he proposes, she runs away.
It all starts with a bull from Baltimore.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

  • Some of my animals have turned out to be real characters. If you liked Hero or Travers, you won't want to miss Sir Galahad.
  • I have enjoyed writing The Trahern series more than any of my other books. They flow easily, and each one takes me in a different direction, depending upon the main character's needs. I just follow the character to where he leads me. Often, a bit of research information pulls the story one way or the other, so I have learned not to make a rigid plot.

From the Inside Flap

These Trahern novellas are in a collection: The Traherns #1
  • The Handsomest Man in the Country #1 (1865)
  • The Smartest Horse in Texas #2  (1866)
  • The Prettiest Girl in the Land #3  (1866)
  • The Luckiest Man in the West #4  (1866) 
  • The Happiest Man in the Territory #5  (1893)
  • The Stubbornest Girl in the Valley #6  (1925)
Exclusive to this collection: The Best Friends in the Country, a short story about Charlie Web and his wife, Kimana. (1865)

A modern ranching story in the Trahern series is Appaloosa Blues.  It is told in third person and is a full, book-length, romance featuring Adam Trahern, the great-great-great grandson of Trey and Mally, Charlie and Kimana.

New Novellas:
  • The Tallest Man in Texas #7  (1893)
  • The Quietest Woman in the South #8  (1865)
  • The Bravest Woman in the Town #9 (1865)
  • The Richest Man in Texas #10 (1866) 

Product Details

  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Bedrock Distribution LLC (April 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little story October 28, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this story. But it ended a little abruptly and left me wondering what happened to the rest of it. I would love to read it as a full novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read. September 20, 2013
By Gma B
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The Happiest Man in the Territory, is #5 in the Trahern's series. I have enjoyed the series as it follows main people. Each story its own. Keeps your intrest from start to finish, and makes you think each person is real and live. One that is hard to put down,
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5.0 out of 5 stars terrific read August 2, 2013
By rebos
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Great characters an story line. I am thrilled it is a LONG series...can't wait to see how the characters evolve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Barbara April 30, 2013
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I really wish all her books were longer, but everyone I've read have been quite satisfying. Although short they still ended very nicely. Every woman as well as the men in Ms Radkes books have been very brave and courageous and actually helping to settle the "wild west". Usually coming from the east they crossed a lot of states to either farm or ranch in one of the western states of their choice. In this fifth sequel of the Trahern series, we have Brynn from Baltimore and James Trahern son of James (Trey) Trahern and Mallory who walked down out of the mountains in the first sequel. She isn't confronted with as many hair raising moments as the other ladies, but the story is so cute! She is transporting this giant bull, Sir Galahad, that she had to raise from birth when his mother died. It follows her around like a little puppy dog and wouldn't hurt a fly... unless he accidentally happen to fall on it! lol it reminds me of a movie starring James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara, don't remember the name.Maureen O'Hara and her daughter traveled with their bull to the USA and was supposed to deliver him to a ranch. The daughter often whistled a British tune to her bull. Sir Galahad thrived on the ranch and got well acquainted with the "pasture ladies" unlike the movie bull who doesn't survive one of their harsh winters. Also in this story there is a suspenseful fight where a knife is pulled and well... read the story! I'm going to be in the process of reading the sixth book of the series, The Stubbornest Girl in the Valley. I know it will be another great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quaint December 29, 2013
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A nice old fashion story that just makes you feel good about life not all complicated just a comfee read
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By zzz
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This is the fifth book in the feel-good Western series “The Traherns.” I’ve read most of the remaining books in this series, and will move on to her other works. Each book stands alone, although it's fun to follow along by reading them in order, following some of the minor characters, and noting how the main characters from earlier books are woven into the story. These are fun reads, not getting too heavy (even though there are events involving outlaws, gunmen, etc.), but offering colorful and distinct characters, and a good story. Her writing is always perfectly paced, and moves right along while giving plenty of detail about the characters, the setting, and weaving a wonderful story. There are no superfluous words, but nothing is left that felt to me it needed more development. There is plenty of action, much of it unexpected, with the end result being a fine and exciting story woven around interesting characters and a well-defined setting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book, but the ending was kind of abrupt. November 20, 2013
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I would've like to have seen a different ending. This one just kind of flew through on 2 pages. Other than that, I liked it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The bull steals the show November 14, 2013
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The heroine spends more time on the train than courting. However, it's an interesting adventure for her, with a dab of romance at the end. Sparks fly when she meets her love, but there's an unneeded villain thrown in to complicate matters, rushing the ending. The heroine and her bull are the most clearly defined characters, and the reader will come to love her. It's a simple, clean western with more adventure than romance. Radke's Trahern series is slightly off-kilter but always clean fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed in from cover to cover.
This book has lots of history and plenty of adventure. Keeps you wanting to read it without putting it down.
Published 12 months ago by reader 10
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read.
The narrative in first person was fresh, and the subject matter was a new view on the emerging development of the west.
Published 12 months ago by virginia thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars To Pollyannaish
This would make a good book for a teen. A young Boston woman accompanies a prize bull to a rancher in Washington. She travels by train and that takes up a lot of the story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gatorfan
4.0 out of 5 stars good short story in Louis lamore style.
Being a fan of Louis Lamour I liked the narrative style. many of the Nancy Radke books are like this a quick read and very good.
Published 14 months ago by red star
4.0 out of 5 stars Super story.
Enjoy reading about The Traherns! So glad these came my way. The description of the cattle and breeding was quite amazing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gloria Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story
This is a wonderful story with engaging characters that I really grew to like. Brynn is a strong heroine who finds herself traveling across the country by train escorting a bull! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Loves Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiest Man in the Territory
Just like the entire series of the Trahern family. It was fun to read and would recommend the entire series.
Published 15 months ago by Great Grandma of 5
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More About the Author

Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. She spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous.

Her next book was CLOSED DOORS, a novel about a man who couldn't read. This was especially interesting to Ms. Radke, as she taught remedial reading, sixth grade, and other classes as a school teacher. All her stories are linked by characters who know each other from book to book. For example, Zack and Jennel show up in two more books besides TURNAGAIN LOVE. Also her books have a theme, such as the theme for TENNESSEE TOUCH, which is that just being alive is dangerous, so you can't be so cautious that you miss out on life. Her favorite character is Hugo, who is the hero in SONGS FOR PERRI. Hugo shows up in SPIRIT OF A CHAMPION and in the first book of the new BROTHERS OF SPPIRIT series that she is writing with her son, Nolan Radke. (No title yet. Nolan's books are also on Amazon.)

She has gone through survival and outward bound training, including long-distance ocean swimming. Facts from this training shows up in COURAGE DARES and SPIRIT OF A CHAMPION. Her western ranching background shows up in the pioneer series, The Traherns, and APPALOOSA BLUES, which is now available. Her critique group used to say that she talked and wrote backward. This really helped when writing the Traherns, as the dialect seemed very natural. APPALOOSA BLUES, an AMAZON TOP 100 BEST SELLER, is the final book for both the Trahern series and the Sisters of Spirit Series.

Ranch life gives a person a can-do attitude, so when she decided to write and produce a children's Bible on DVD, she never doubted she could do it. Never mind that she had to learn to use a Mac, Photoshop, and the Final Cut Studio programs. The first volume of the SHOW AND TELL BIBLE took eight years to complete. It is two hours long, contains 650 hand-drawn pictures, and gives the impression of a picture book being read by a well-loved parent or grandparent. Little children are absolutely enthralled by it. The second volume is three hours long, 850 pictures, concluding with Esther. It was finished in three years, so she really did manage to speed up.

The feedback from parents and kids has been tremendous. Nancy is working on the third volume now, which will complete the Old Testament. When the entire Bible is finished, she plans to do other children's books on DVD. And for her romance fans, there are more of those coming. For people who love cookbooks, those on Amazon are written by a different lady with the same name.


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