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The Lady's Maid (Prairie Dreams) Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Davis hits a grand slam with her new historical romance series, Prairie Dreams, which has romance and mystery, with some thrills thrown in. The characters are well-rounded and the hero has grit and determination. --Patsy Glans RT Book Reviews 2011-09-06
By mixing regency and western genres, Susan Page Davis has crafted a story that will satisfy the draw to both eras. As the story was set up, before the actual wagon train journey began, I found the story dragged a bit, but as soon as the train left Independence, the story moved right along. It was heart-warming to find two pampered ladies wanting to pull their own weight and not expecting that their rank and privilege would carry them. All the characters are well-rounded with lots of heart, with human-like qualities.
A surprise ending kind of took me aback for a moment but I trust that the next book in the Prairie Dreams series will pick up where The Lady s Maid left off. Will Lady Anne s story be the next one to be told? I look forward to the next Prairie Dreams tale. --Trudy Smith Once Upon a Romance 2012-01-25
Lady Anne Stone is determined to find the new Earl of Stoneford who disappeared into America’s Wild West. Her maid, Elise Finster, has resolved to be her chaperone, no matter where Lady Anne goes. Will these women succumb to the dangers of their quest or survive to find dreams fulfilled on the trail?
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It was a fun book ... both in the way it was written, the storyline and honestly, I felt I also got an interesting history lesson which I truly enjoyed. It started out in my opinion a bit slow ... where Lady Anne and her personal maid, Elise made the decision to go and try to find Lady Anne's uncle who was to inherit the title from Lady's Anne's now deceased father, the former Earl. No one knew where he was but last they heard he was in America ... they started out their trip in St. Louis where 5 years ago he was last ... and then tried to follow his trail East. These two very refined lady's that had not done manual labor were all of a sudden put into a position of having to fend for themselves. The wagon trail leader, Rob was much more willing to take on these two young women if they could find a man to help them handle their wagon and other tasks he felt they couldn't handle, whereas his scout, Eb was totally 100% opposed to the idea.
It was interesting knowing these lady's of quality felt that they or at least Lady Anne had to wear a corset on the trail ... I can't imagine how uncomfortable that would have been as well as some of the fabulous gowns. Their everyday gowns were fancier than most of the other women would have ever worn in their whole lives. This of course, cause some discord with some of the other women, not to mention that they couldn't cook over an open fire and didn't know a thing about living on the open trail.
Add into all of this the fact, that someone else was trying to get to Uncle David first as well as romance ... made it an interesting read. I try not to get into too much detail in my reviews even though I know others do ... I appreciate them doing that ... however, I want you, the reader to be able to at least decide if you might like to read the book and like it or not, but not give away the whole book at the same time. Sometimes that is more difficult than others.
I will mention that I am looking very much forward to the next book in the series as Susan Page Davis is so famous for ...she did once again ... the book actually continues in the 2nd book in the series, which I believe is due out in either April or June (I just can't remember ... you can check Amazon.com and preorder as I have done). Then the 3rd book is due out in fall I believe unless I have this mixed up with another series ...hmmm maybe I read too many Christian books! Hope you enjoy this one!
Elise has been serving Anne's family for decades and she's been sweet on David since before he left. She's committed to seeing this journey though with her mistress, even though they are now traveling as friends. They're going to have to adapt quickly if they want to survive on the trail. Elise particularly wants to prove herself to a certain man who didn't think they should be with their wagon train to begin with.
Eb is the scout for the wagon train and it doesn't take him long to admire Elise's spunk and determination. It's the first time in a long time that a woman has caught his eye, but he's in denial. When mysterious things begin happening to the ladies from England, he's first on the scene to help them out. Something about their quest to find Anne's uncle is causing trouble to follow them, and they need to figure out what's going on.
I did enjoy this book. Elise was a great character with her loyalty and stubborn nature. While Anne is the dainty lady at the beginning, she toughens up during the trip and I liked her much better toward the end. I wish Eb had been a bit of a deeper character, but he had his moments later on and I was pleased overall. At the end of this book, we have unresolved issues regarding Anne's uncle, hence the second book, Lady Anne's Quest. I can't say for sure whether you need to read these in order.
Wow. Six months or longer. Thank goodness for trains, planes and automobiles.
Looking forward to reading more of Ms Davis's books.