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The Lady's Maid (Prairie Dreams #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  636 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Travel along with Elise Finster 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 ma ...more
Paperback, 318 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
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was well written and set up the next book in the series very well. I was satisfied as I finished the book, and looked forward to the next adventure.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, favorites
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
Carla Hostetter
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although not much happens when two English ladies, a maid and her mistress, cross the continent in search of a lost uncle who has inherited a vast estate and left Lady Anne close to penniless. Hoping to save the title and perhaps to get better treatment, they make a desperate trip the northwest following crumbs of clues to find the man. The details of camp life are interesting and the women rise to the occasion learning to harness mules and cook over an open fire. The maid in service since her e ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-challenges
This is a great book! Lady Anne's uncle has inherited the earldom, the only problem is that he is in America and hasn't had contact with the family for 10 years. So Lady Anne and her lady's maid, Elise, head to America to find him. They end up joining a wagon train and heading to Oregon to search for him. I loved the characters! I liked their determination to learn how to do things themselves, and yet still keep some of their proper ways. The story does not end with this book, so you will need t ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Good for what it was...but not outstanding.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

The book is about 2 green horn pampered English Ladies. They cross the Atlantic on their search of "Uncle David" They sign up to cross America toward the wild west in a prairie schooner on the Oregon Trail. While on the trail they come across an unscrupulous wagon driver, a bad store keeper at a fort, thieves, hardships and of course love. The life on the trail seems to be well researched and described. The characters are well described and developed. You hate the bad guys and love the
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Elise has served Anne for years but when Ann's family is gone and the Earl-dome, is at stake, they pose as friends to travel across America to find Anne's long lost Uncle David. Anne and Elise have many suitors on the long journey, once they establish themselves as competent on the wagon train. Eb is the scout leading the wagon train for the last time. He lost his wife on the first trip and now is ready to settle down and fill his ranch with livestock and maybe a family ?
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. The Earl has died, one of the heirs pre deceased him, and his daughter Lady Anne is left in limbo. Is her Uncle David still alive in America or will her cousin (who has no morals ) to be the next Earl? How to find her Uncle David? Lady Anne and her maid, Elise, set out on an adventure sure to please. Hoping to continue the series but as ebooks go, the sequel is a bit expensive.

Rondi Olson
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I read the description for this book, I thought it sounded like Downton Abbey meets the wild west. I was wrong. THE LADY'S MAID is more like Downton Abbey meets Oregon Trail. Even better!

I like the older protagonist, as well as the younger lady, and the growth of their characters during the course of the book. And who doesn't love a good trip on the Oregon Trail?

Highly recommended for readers of inspirational romance, historical romance, and for lovers of the Oregon Trail.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Quite a twist to the usual Oregon Trail stories. I enjoyed the characters and storyline. I would love to see this book go through one more editing (since I came across over 30 grammar, punctuation, and formatting issues), to get rid of the awkward glitches while reading.

Otherwise, this story of an English lady and her maid/guardian crossing the wild frontier in a wagon train is quite engaging.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading about Anne's and Elise' s adventurous journey, but I was disappointed when the book ended. The reader is left hanging. In order to find out how the story ends one must read book 2 in the series. This book does not stand alone. I would have rated it higher were it not for this fact.
Tracy Wainwright
Excellent Read

This historical novel is a grand journey from the beginning in England to the end in Oregon territory. There wasn't one boring moment and the author does a great job of drawing the reader in and causing one to care about all the characters. The author seems both knowledgeable and skilled, which combine to create an excellent book.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the book ok enough. I found both ladies a little too "fancy" and didn't really believe them becoming pioneer women. I feel like they would have either died or left behind early on if the story was more realistic. But it was a different story line than usual. It kept me turning the pages and I am looking forward to find out what happens in the next books.
Charlene Thomas
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I enjoyed this book very much. It is a story of how two ladies one of royalty and the other her maid . They left London to find the next heir of the throne that hadn't been heard from for over 10 years. They traveled to the United States and thru much hardship traveled to the western territories
Joanne DeCorso
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It gave me so much insight into the pioneers and what they went through to get across the country. The two women, even though they came from a sheltered upbringing were not afraid to get in there and try whatever needed to be done. Shows what a goal can do for you.
May Vang
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and exciting read!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was filled with adventure, historical context, and romance that is God-honoring. I love reading how the characters develop and grow.
Gloria Sherwood
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good clean historical Christian novel

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were easy to connect with. The story was sometimes suspenseful. A lot of scriptural actions by the main characters. I appreciate no sexual content and I recommend this book and the author
Susie Liddicoat
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this book ....Love the character and tons of other situations, or how life really was back then

Enjoyed reading this book....Love the character s and tons of other situations on how life really was back then...
Want to read all her books..

Debbie West
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great clean American historical romance!

Loved it! Loved the details of wagon train life, especially for 2 women traveling alone. Showed courage and strength! Was never dull, always something going on. Hope to read Lady Anne's story as this leaves a cliffhanger.
Dianne Sidebottom
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Historical story across the Oregon Trail which continues into 2 more books. Interesting characters and the plot of mystery lingers. The story did make me wonder if I was on that journey what would I bring n what will I have to leave behind n when you had to be tough what else could you let go of?
Jean Sheffield
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adventurous Story

A beautiful story involving British upper class, a lady's maid and the rugged wild west. Just enough romance to really make for good reading,
kathi Driskell
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wagons Ho....

The writing in this book is extremely about the trails of early travel in our country. It's very well written.
Jane Rayburn
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lady's Maid

Really a great book! Admired the two ladies going out west and enduring the hardships, and even thriving. Great characters and never boring!
Slow reading at first, but --characters and plot got more interesting.

great hook for series. I ordered/read the rest of the series that is in print.
Edith G Shearer
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story as usual by this author.

Great flow to story This author is a great storyteller. But wish the story did not stop like this ending.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 17, 2014 09:31AM  
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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. It allowed our six children to grow up feel
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Prairie Dreams (3 books)
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