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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Valeria had come to Montana to marry a cowboy named Manley, expecting a future full of companionship and bracing freedom, lodges with great fireplaces and bearskin rugs, manageable cattle and sleek horses, and dazzling sunrises. If Val had known what was really waiting for her, she simply wouldn’t have gotten off the train.Oh, the country was impressive, but it could be cr ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Bison Books (first published 1912)
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This was interesting enough to read all in one day and only put down once. It was not pleasant reading about a young woman coming to grips with learning her new husband is an alcoholic and having him degenerate into an abusive thief. It was good to read how the rather stuck-up young lady learns to make friends with the rough Westerners, and to survive the difficult living conditions with a good bit of bravery. At many spots in the story, it felt as though the circumstances were intensely persona ...more
Four stars for being far ahead of its time - an interesting, if slightly melodramatic feminist novel.
I'll just say, I like old Western Novels even though they are sentimental and predictable.
David K. Halls
Classic Bower tale

It was, as always, a source of pure joy for me to read and digest Bower's plot. She succeeded again in thoroughly developing the characters.
Jennifer G
Okay, it's not the best book I've ever read, and the writing isn't all that sophisticated, but once you know the background of the author, E.M. Bower (a city woman who 100 years ago was thrust out in the middle of bleak, eastern Montana utter crappiness and then faced her husband's domestic abuse and alcoholism), you get an appreciation for the somewhat autobiographical novel. One of the first female authors and definitely one of the first to touch on alcoholism and domestic violence, the book m ...more
Not as enjoyable as some of her other books. I see it has a strong autobiographical element.
Carla Remy
Very readable, good story. Ended too abruptly to be completely satisfying.
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Bertha Muzzy Sinclair or Sinclair-Cowan, née Muzzy, best known by her pseudonym B. M. Bower, was an American author who wrote novels, fictional short stories, and screenplays about the American Old West. Her works, featuring cowboys and cows of the Flying R Ranch in Montana, reflected "an interest in ranch life, the use of working cowboys as main characters (even in romantic plots), the occasional ...more
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