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The Prettiest Girl in the Land (The Traherns #3) (The Traherns series) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Radke
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She went looking for love.
He went looking for her.
She was traveling mighty fast.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

  • I knew an old preacher who said that he believed that God had a Boaz (a good man) for every Ruth (a good woman). This was the idea behind this story, of a woman who did not realize her own value, until she went searching for her Boaz.
  • I really felt sorry for Gage, who had every girl fall for him except the one he wanted. She even had a dog fierce enough to keep everyone away.

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: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Bedrock Distribution LLC (February 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BG310AE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story March 12, 2013
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I took a chance on the first book in this series. And boy did it pay off!! After I finished the first I quickly downloaded the second and third!

I couldn't help but smile at the fact that the female lead (who felt she was being realistic about her assets) couldn't understand why this handsome man was was following her all over the country. She had no idea he had it bad for her, and had been chasing her for years. To watch her have to almost literally be hit over the head with it was great to watch.

I usually go for books with a bit more "physical" interaction, but the beauty of this story would have been spoiled by intimacy. Yes, you are hearing me rave about a story with no sex scenes in it. ( I know! GASP!)

It was remarkable, the dialogue and the research revealed in the preparation of this story, I really like the author's style.

If you like this book, the Smartest Horse in Texas and the Handsomest Man in the Country are just as good!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Barbara April 29, 2013
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Another good read from a good author. Wish the story had been longer but it was so exciting and suspenseful, don't know if I could have held myself together for very much longer. Lol. I was so fearful for Ruth, just like I was for Mallory, when they walked down off that mountain, all by themselves, ready to conquer the world! Oh, they were so brave! You remember, Mallory was in the first book, The Handsomest Man in the Country? Once I had to take a trip on a bus with my Very young daughter back in 1960, and I was Very young and frightened easily, from Wyoming to Oklahoma, and I'm here to tell you, I was scared to death!! Thank God my daughter was such a good baby, otherwise I think I would have lost my mind, ladies! And gents, in case some of you men out there are reading this wonderful series. They had several stage coach hold ups and ....Well I'm not going to say any more. Just read the story! Very good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The prettiest girl in town January 4, 2014
By Linda
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I really enjoyed this book because I was really surprised with the. Ending. No bad sex and a short clean story. I like a lot of this author's books. The girl's of spirit book's are very good also. All seven of them. So for I have really liked the 3 book's of this series it was fun to tie the families. And friends together .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing December 28, 2013
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It's nice to set down to good clean moral book for a change wish it was longer but thankful their is more love old western Times thank you Nancy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Adorable Read June 20, 2013
By Lo Rama
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An adorable story set in the time just after the Civil War when people were migrating to colonize the West. I liked that the main characters were independent but still able to rely on each other in times of help. Ruth had an innocent outlook to the world but she wasn't naive and never got caught in a situation where she made an unwise decision. I wince whenever I read stories where a woman's lack of discretion or careful thinking brings her downfall and has to get saved by the male love interest. I much prefer it this way where both work together.

While some people may find fault in the story's references to religion/spirituality it really isn't a deterrent. It makes a few references to prayer and a bible story but it does not try to preach at you. I find it actually brings more realism to the story as religion and belief was a major part in people's lives at that time.

One thing I did have trouble with at the beginning was the Tennessee accent that was used at the beginning of the story. It was rough reading and I couldn't be sure if it was accurate to the area and time or just trying too hard to be so. Glad it fell to the wayside once the characters began to travel west.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changed my mind after a second look September 14, 2014
By MMNI
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I bought this book about a year and a half ago and at the time I agreed with the 1-star reviewer. I read about 1 chapter and couldn't get myself to read anymore, but I read the 5-star reviews just to see what people liked about the book, and they stuck with me.

Anyway, when I saw the book on the top 100 list again, and realized it's pretty short, I decided to give it another shot, and I'm so glad I did. This was such a beautiful story of a h who despite feeling insecure about herself, she takes her fate into her own hands and decides to leave the only home she's known her entire life and go out exploring the world around her. I love that she knows numbers are her strength, and she goes out with the purpose of using it as her means of survival. While she's insecure about herself in many ways, she has no lack of confidence when it comes to her mathematical abilities, which helps her make friends and find a job taking her to her desired destination of California.

I also loved Gage. He was in love with her for so long and tried to get her to notice it, but she was so sure he was so out of her league, that it never crossed her mind what he could be hinting at, even though his hints were not very subtle. While her inability to pick-up on his comments made her seem less than bright, I understand that she didn't want to get her hopes up about someone she thought was a ladies' man when she considered herself plain. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt in her deciding she loved H too, but otherwise a story well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series October 14, 2014
By Nilda
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I loved this series and couldn't wait to finish one to start on the next book. All the characters are well developed and are easily transfer to primarily and secondary roles throughout the series. This was a good clean western story of a family and friends that spread across the West during and after the Civil War which is part of this country history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars four stars
Short and sweet. This novella is historical fiction set just after the civil war. Beginning in TN and ending in CA the story provides the reader an enjoyable squeaky clean romance... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judith Martinez
3.0 out of 5 stars This book was shorter than I thought. It was ...
This book was shorter than I thought. It was a cute western where the guy chases the girl but she has no idea. It was okay but could have been developed more.
Published 2 months ago by Daina Freeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was OK.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars super sweet story
Loved the story and the details
Didn't assume you knew anything and painted pictures with words
Easy reading for anyone
Published 6 months ago by Penny C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Prettiest Girl in the Land
Good of kind. Rather predictable but interesting characters. Light reading for relaxation and diversion from today's world. Give it a try.
Published 11 months ago by RobertaM Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A very engrossing, nicely paced story! Love this entire series!
This is the third book in the series “The Traherns.” I'll read everything remaining in this series, and surely move on to her other works. Read more
Published 14 months ago by zzz
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prettiest Girl in the Land is a good read.
I have become a fan of Nancy Radke and all of the Trahern stories. They are well written, the characters are interesting, I love the way she introduces kinfolk and neighbors and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by s kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
Guess when you go back in time, relationships where all about practicality in order to survive. To be lucky to fall in love was something out of the ordinary for most folk, can't... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kulta Kivi
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong female character
I liked the go getter attitude the lead charater took she plunged forward into the unknown. It made me want to have that kind of attitude. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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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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