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The Lady's Maid (Prairie Dreams #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  290 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Travel along with EliseFinster and her British mistress, Lady Anne Stone, as they search for the new but missing earl of Stoneford. Determined to follow David Stone’s somewhat cold trail leading to Oregon, greenhorns Elise and Anne secure livestock and supplies to join a wagon train. Will the ladies succeed in their quest or succumb to the malfeasance of the mysterious man ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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I have to admit that I requested this book from netgalley on a complete whim. I had no idea it was "inspirational" or "Christian" or whatever other polite sobriquets are used to describe straight-laced (read: boring and preachy) romances. I even got a kindle version so I couldn't guess from the (pretty dead give-away) cover. I also have to admit I don't like the Christian romances I've picked up by accident - it feels like the poor protagonists are praying on every other page, sucking up word co ...more
The Lady’s Maid is a story that pulls you along, begging you to keep reading, despite what I would consider some major flaws. Elise Finster and her British mistress, Lady Anne Stone, travel to America in hopes of finding the missing earl of Stoneford, David Stone. After her father and uncle’s death, Lady Anne is informed that the title (and estate) cannot be passed on until there is proof of David’s death, or he returns home.

The two prim and proper women embark on a perilous journey to Oregon. D
Tamara Shoemaker
The Lady's Maid by Susan Page Davis took me back my teenager-hood when I devoured every historical Christian romance novel I could find on the shelves of my dad's book van (he was a Christian book salesman).

Counting the Stars: I gave this one 3. I liked it. I didn't love it, I could easily put it down after a chapter or so, but I did enjoy the story.

Who doesn't love a good Oregon Trail story? I've had a love affair with the Trail since sixth grade when each person in our class spent several week
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Elise Finster and Anne Stone don't know what the future holds for them. They know that they must find Anne's uncle, who left Britain for America 20 years earlier. Anne's father recently passed away, leaving David Stone the heir.

The two ladies embark on a journey that takes them by train, boat, and covered wagon across the United States, back when the West was largely unsettled. It is on their trek that they show what they are made of. It was interesting to see how two proper ladies are able to u
The Lady's Maid by Susan Page Davis Prairie Dreams Book 1

Lady Anne Stone has just lost her father, the Earl of Stoneford. Her cousin Randolph was ready to take the title and the fortune with it but they can do nothing until they know if her Uncle David is dead or alive. He was in America last they heard but that was ten years ago. Elise Finster is Anne's maid. She has worked for the family since she was sixteen. She now fears she will be looking for new employment. Lady Anne has a different plan
When Lady Anne finds herself without parents and no one to take over the family earldom she is suddenly faced with two options; one is to move out of her home and in with her lady maid Elise or the other is to find her father’s brother David in America so he can rightfully claim the earldom and help her out! Anne decides she wants to adventure to America along with her lady maid Elise in search of her uncle! No sooner than arriving in America does she learn that Uncle David went west to Oregon. ...more
Author: Susan Page Davis
Publisher: Barbour Books
October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-81626-439-0
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Lady Anne Stone’s Uncle David is supposed to be the new Earl of Stoneford. However, he has disappeared somewhere in America. Last known location was St. Louis, and that was ten years ago. Left destitute and homeless until a rightful heir is claimed, Lady Anne has no choice but to go to America, her Lady’s Maid, Elise Flinster at her side, and look for Un
Review:The lady's Maid by Susan Page Davis
The Lady's Maid is well worth the time to read. It is adventours, western and romance in one. I hope their is a follow up book to see what happens next.
Lady Anne Stone's father died and her mother years ago. She is left a small income but cannot keep the house and servants on it. She had two Uncles that would be in line for her fathers fortune and title. One uncle died last year and the youngest one David went to America 20 years ago. David would
Holly Renee
Lady's Maid, Elise Finster, is finding her mistress, Lady Anne Stone, in an unfortunate predicament. Unless Lady Anne is able to locate her Uncle David to inform him that he is the new Earl of the Stoneford estate, the property will fall into the hands of the crown. The last time the Stone family heard from her uncle was ten years ago, when he resided in the Missouri territory in America. Determined to find her uncle, Lady Anne and Elise set out for America. Their journey continues to send them ...more
Holly Weiss
If you’re thinking, “Oh, no, not another wagon train story, “ don’t worry. Once you dip into the pages of The Lady’s Maid by Susan Page Davis, you’ll be glad you came along for the ride. Can two refined ladies in hooped, crinoline skirts travel from England, don calico dresses and survive culture shock along the Oregon Trail? Lady Anne Stone and her faithful maid, Elise experience a slow crawl across the American plains, but the reader is treated to a full-clipped story full of pioneer and wagon ...more

Elise is a lady’s maid to Lady Anne. Elise is 39 years old and knows her chance of marrying is slipping away but she loves her employer like family and gladly serves her. Lady Anne’s father has died and there is only one known male family member to take the title. But he lives in America. Soon Lady Anne and Elise head to America to see if they can find Anne’s uncle. When they get a lead that he took the Oregon trail out west they plan to join up even though they have no idea what they are ge

Elise Finster is The Lady's Maid to Anne, a well-bred young lady who is in search of her long-lost-uncle, the new heir to a family fortune. Elise stays faithfully by her lady's side, as they go across the sea to America, and on a wagon train to Oregon. A sinister cousin tries to thwart their plans. Meanwhile sparks might just be flying between Elise and the gruff scout Eb Bentley.

While Lady's Maid was a well-written book, with some chuckle worthy incidents, I found myself constantly having to d
Elise Finster is The Lady’s Maid, having served Lady Anne Stone (and her mother before her) for twenty years. Lady Anne’s father, the Earl, has recently died, and his heir, David Stone, was last heard from ten years ago when he was running a shop in America. Efforts to find Uncle David have been in vain, and the question of who is the new Earl cannot be settled without knowing for sure whether David Stone is dead or alive. Meanwhile, Lady Anne is left with only a small annual allowance that is n ...more
This book was a little bit slow starting for me, but after a while I started thoroughly enjoying the story. This is Oregon Trail/Wagon Train story with a twist. In this one, The Earl of Stoneford’s daughter, Lady Anne Stone and her Lady’s Maid Elise Finster is on the trail. Both ladies know nothing about cooking, or taking care of themselves for that matter. Scout Eb Bentley sees that right off, and does everything he can to try and stop them from joining the Wagon Train. After all, everyone nee ...more
Full disclosure: I received this book as a free galley through netgalley. I was not compensated for this review, beyond the pleasure of reading the book!

This is the story of Elise Finster, a lady’s maid who is devoted to her mistress and employer Lady Anne Stone. When Lady Anne’s father dies, the earldom passes to his last surviving brother, David, who left for America many years before and has not been heard from in the past decade. Elise and Anne set out for America to find David, since if th
4.5)THE LADY'S MAID (PRAIRIE DREAMS) by Susan Page Davis is an exciting beginning to a new series "Prairie Dreams" set in 1855 London and Oregon.This is the story of Lady Anne Stone(British mistress),her Lady's maid,Elise Finster,Scout Eb Bentley’s,a wagon train,a search for Lady Anne's missing uncle the new Earl of Stoneford and their many adventures. It has love,faith,adventures,danger,romance,family, misunderstandings,friendships,hardships,secrets,and the desire to find a loved one. This is a ...more
Unbelievably sweet, Christian novel.

Reading this story felt like wading through molasses, or maybe treacle. Wow, was it sweet. I didn't mind the Christian references for the first 5 times because it went with the story, but really, if I had wanted to read a parable, I would have looked for one. It should say this is Christian fiction in the description. The writing was about 4- 6th grade level, as was the content.
I bought this book with Christmas money as I was interested in the book. I enjoy Susan's books and this one didn't let me down. We see Elise and Lady Anne who she is Lady's maid to travel to America looking for Anne's missing uncle David. They first travel to St. Louis and then on the Oregon trail. Here things getting interesting as neither are use to the hard work of a trail. Eb is the scout of the wagon trail and wonders if the ladies can cope. There are trials on the trail both from elements ...more
Quite enjoyable. Events progress at a realistic pace and usually in a believable manner. The end is satisfactory if still a little wanting in a way that hopefully the next book in the series will satisfy. I suppose I'll just have to read it!
Well, I don't like giving poor ratings, but this book was just really slow and nothing much happened until about 2/3 through ... and then it did not finish the story. I don't mind series that leave you hanging if the whole book it good, but not sure I will continue this series.
The Lady's Maid was an amusing look at two well born English ladies who brave the Oregon Trail, searching for a missing relative. There was mystery, humor, inspiration, adventure and romance. Lady Anne and Elise were very brave to head off on such an arduous journey by themselves. They learned a lot about themselves along the way. I'm not usually a fan of 'old west' books, but I really did enjoy this one. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a good time getting sucked into a b ...more
Awful story. Very unbelievable and ridiculous.
Lady Anne Stone and her maid set out to find her uncle in America after her father's death. When the search takes them on a wagon train totally unprepared for life on the prairies headed to Oregon, they learn new things about themselves and become stronger women. Finding love along the way for Anne's maid may also be part of the adventure.

The main characters were well developed and I especially liked Anne's feisty maid, Elise. The storyline was very good and there were enough twists and turns to
Victoria Bylin
I thoroughly enjoyed this clash-of-culture story and recommend it to readers who enjoy westerns and readers who enjoy characters from Great Britain. Without giving anything way, an Englishwoman and her lady's maid set out to America to find a missing uncle. The journey is full of adventure, danger and good humor. It's a charming story from start to finish.

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. There were no expectations or obligations.
In a unique approach to the traditional wagon train adventure, Ms. Davis keeps all the ingredients of a good story, while building a premise that sustains sequels to come. Thank you for a new twist on an adventure I've long considered one of the old west's best.
Serena Chase
Full review to come later. Enjoyable, easy read, but I'm awfully glad to hear there is a sequel coming -- because otherwise my first impression of the ending would have led to a negative review.

Full review to come later.
Leah (packfan20)
Another fun story from Susan Page Davis. It reminded me of playing Oregon Trail as a kid. I kind of want to take a wagon trip across the country now!
Lisa M.
A very good read, but then I've yet to read a bad one from Susan Page Davis! I like the series premise and look forward to reading book #2!
I really liked this. An English lady and maid wagon train across America. The lady can be annoying in this sometimes. Cute story.
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FROM AUTHOR'S WEBSITE: I'm a native of central Maine, and grew up on a small farm with a wonderful mom and dad, three sisters and a brother. Most of my books take place in small towns, many of them in Maine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We're so glad we did. It allowed our six ch
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