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A Story of the West by Susan  Spence
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May 07, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 04 to 06, 2012

A Story of the West is a fascinating Western Historical fiction novel that is filled with a richly detailed history of the 1880s Wild West mixed with the tenderhearted romance of a cowboy and his lady. The storyline is well written, the author does a wonderful job of researching and providing the reader with a story that reads like a history lesson of how the West was settled, and balances it nicely with the romance between Matt and Lavina.

The story follows the life of Matt Daly, a cowboy who is a cattle rancher in the Montana Territory. The story mixes flashbacks with the present time in Matt's life. Matt meets the lovely young Lavina Lavold, when her family comes west from Illinois to settle in the territory as the new owners of a mercantile store in Cedar Junction. The author does a great job of weaving a story filled with fascinating details about cattle roundups, riding the range, cattle rustlers, territorial property fights, gunfights and a love affair. A Story of the West engages the reader and transports them back to the Wild West of yesteryear, where hard work and good hard living was the norm for our ancestors.

As a history buff, I absolutely loved the detailed history that the author provided in the novel. Instead of just giving the reader a typical western romance, the author provides an authentic look at what life was like for the cowboys and settlers of the West back in the 1880s. As I read the chapters, I could visualize the prairie landscape, the horses and livestock, the rustic western towns, the period clothing, and the variety of people who settled in the West. Who doesn't love a story that has a good looking, fun loving, hard working cowboy in it? I think the author does a wonderful job of balancing the story with the tenderhearted romance of Matt and Lavina.

Western Historical fiction fans, A Story of the West is a must read! You will get your fill of the history about the 1880s Wild West and a wonderful little cowboy romance to boot, it won't leave you disappointed!

Disclaimer: I received a Kindle edition of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.

Virtual Book Tour Event: On Monday, May 7, 2012, in association with Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours, author Susan Spence participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.


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Kathryn This sounds just like a book I would enjoy!

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