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Trailblazer

(Cowboys & Harvey Girls #1)

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MEET THE HARVEY GIRLS: These real-life pioneering women were symbols of elegance in the wild frontier: taming rough manners, falling in love, and changing the face of the West forever.

Grace Rogers is ready for the adventure of a lifetime. With her family's farm falling on hard times, she accepts a position with the prestigious Fred Harvey Company and heads for Juniper, New
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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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I am normally not a reader of historical romance, but when I read the description of this book my interest was piqued and so I requested it for review. Trailblazer by Anna Schmidt is the first book in her series about the Harvey Girls; if you don’t know about the Harvey Girls then Google is your friend. I happened up on a display about them while staying at the La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona which at one time was a Harvey property, so I was interested in seeing what an author would do with
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Caz
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a C at AAR.

I hate writing reviews of middling books.  I’m sure anyone who writes reviews on a regular basis will know what I mean when I say that reviews of books that are simply ‘okay’ are often the hardest to write.   Anna Schmidt’s Trailblazer, the first in her new Cowboys and Harvey Girls series, is one such novel, perfectly innocuous, but ultimately predictable and rather dull.  The writing is proficient. The protagonists are… nice.  The secondary characters are nice.  The
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Anna's Herding Cats


Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. Posting to blog 5/1/2019
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YrG7p3

Oh my! Anna Schmidt never fails at delivering a knock out read that simply captivates.

The Gist: Grace has taken a job out west working as a waitress at a railway restaurant. She wants a little adventure and desperately needs to earn money to help her family back home. She most certainly does not need to get distracted by a pretty cowboy with dreams of his own.

I absolutely loved Grace and Nick. Th
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AnnMarie
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trailblazer is the first book in the Cowboys & Harvey Girls series by Anna Schmidt.

Grace Rogers' family is barely making ends meet. Wanting adventure, but also wanting to help her family, Grace decides to apply for a job in New Mexico working as a Harvey Girl. Fred Harvey owns a chain of food houses which are known for their quality food and service. Their waitresses are perfect young ladies, unmarried, with spotless reputations. When Grace passes her interview and is offered a job she is th
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Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m going to be honest, I was a little hesitant with this book. I love historical western romances, but I worry when an author bases their book off an actual historical event or group of people, they will be more concerned about historical accuracy and details rather than the plot. Luckily, Anna Schmidt put my fears to rest. Trailblazer is about a young woman, Grace, who takes a job as one of Mr. Harvey’s famous Harvey Girls. Harvey Girls are waitresses who make a good wage but have strict rules ...more
Romancing the Book
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by NetGalley

Anna Schmidt is a new to me author and I can't wait to read more not only in the Cowboys & Harvey Girls series but many of her other books too!  I'm looking forward to reading Renegade and catching up with the Harvey Girls and the other characters we've met.

Trailblazers is the first book in this series and I loved getting to know Grace, Emma, Lily, Jake, Nick and many of the other characters.  There was not only a depth to the characters but also a
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Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

“Trailblazer” begins Anna Schmidt’s new series, Cowboys & Harvey Girls with a delightful look into not only the Harvey Girls concept but of their life trying to maintain that concept when love comes along to change everything.

Grace’s family is in dire straits and she’s made the decision to apply to become a Harvey Girl with the hopes that she can send money home to help out her family. And if she gets a bit of independence away from her family, all the better. Exc
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Ann-Maree Howarth
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very new author to me and I must say I will defiantly be checking out her others books after reading this lovely historical romance. I found the writing style to be great with the story flowing well to keep me interested and glued to each chapter. The characters had enough interesting personality that worked well with each other, and as this is book one of a new series it has me wanting to read more about some of these characters and possibly meet some new ones. I had the opportunity t ...more
Shoshana Frank
Schmidt brings the Wild West to life with her newest series Cowboys & Harvey Girls. Join Grace Rogers as she embarks on a great adventure when she leaves her family behind in Missouri to start a new life. Now a Harvey Girl, Grace is expected to be a stalwart example of respectability and innocence; certainly not marry a cowboy. While traveling to her new post in Juniper, New Mexico Grace meets a charming, handsome stranger on the train who might derail her carefully laid plans. Nick Hopkins ...more
Romantic Intentions Quarterly
If you have never heard of the Harvey Girls, this book – the first in a series – will send you down a rabbit hole of research, and may even lead you to the 1946 Judy Garland musical of that name. The Harvey Girls are waitresses expected to be both unmarried and unsullied in order to keep their jobs. In return for their circumspect behavior, they will be protected from the west’s more lawless elements. Hoping to help out her family by sending money home, Grace is excited to be hired on as a Harve ...more
Vikki Vaught
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trailblazer has an interesting premise, so when I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net Galley, to read and review, I took the opportunity. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Trailblazer is an engaging romance with endearing characters and a unique plot. The pacing is good and kept me enmeshed in the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical details involving the Harvey Girls.

Grace Rogers’ character is extremely likable. I became vested right away and remain
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Carolyn
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, western
So, before I started I somehow had the impression that this was a christian book. Or at least a clean book. So I'm sure part of my rating is based on surprise for that. Otherwise, it was sort of OK, I guess. It wasn't good, but it wasn't horrible.
Jessica
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
How I wanted this to be better...
Bertina
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Any book that has Harvey Girls in it i am hooked - what A Great Read - Looking forward to more in the series
Megan
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great, wonderful and fantastic book!!!!!
JoAnne
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
My review on Romancing-the-Book.com is below:

Anna Schmidt is a new to me author and I can't wait to read more not only in the Cowboys & Harvey Girls series but many of her other books too! I'm looking forward to reading Renegade and catching up with the Harvey Girls and the other characters we've met.

Trailblazers is the first book in this series and I loved getting to know Grace, Emma, Lily, Jake, Nick and many of the other characters. There was not only a depth to the characters but also a
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Aimée Gnamsim
rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2019
Sandy N
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet western story. If you are not familiar with Anna Schmidt, read this book. Grace and Nick were very likeable. This is very fast pace story. Through their journey, there are troubles and tribulations but they got it there at the end. The writing was superb with just the correct amount of Heat.
I voluntarily review this ARC and the opinions here are all my own.
Ann Behan
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May 09, 2019
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Josephine
Mar 26, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
Interesting premise but I wasn't engaged by the writing style or the characters. This was a DNF for me.
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Anna Schmidt's historical novel, THE WINTERKEEPER, received a Five Star rating from Reader's Favorites. Reviews for the story have been strong including one from the Historical Novel Society that raved: "The storytelling and scene building are masterful and create an immediacy that keeps the reader turning pages. This is a writer who feels words as well as thinking them." Anna is a three-time fina ...more

Other books in the series

Cowboys & Harvey Girls (3 books)
  • Renegade (Cowboys & Harvey Girls, #2)
  • Pathfinder (Cowboys & Harvey Girls, #3)