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(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
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
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 villain is eeeeevil. But t ...more
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
Marsha Spohn
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“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
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
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Anna Schmidt, and I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to review one that was the first in a new series. I had heard of Harvey Girls, but had no clue as to what they were. I figured it was some sort of fashion style. I had no idea they were actually waitresses at Harvey Houses, restaurants and hotels built by The Fred Harvey Company to serve patrons along railway routes to the western U.S. in the latter part of the 19th century. It's great to learn a bit of ...more
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Writing as Anna Schmidt, Jo is a three-time finalist for the coveted RITA award presented annually by Romance Writers of America. In addition she has been a four-time finalist for the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times magazine—an award she has won twice. Her latest novel TRAILBLAZER is the first in her new series: Cowboys and Harvey Girls and is available for pre-order now. Publisher's W ...more

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