Think like a lady. Act like a man.
Banished to the dusty cow town of Misery, Wyoming, for an alleged affair, Grace Hendrick is facing the hardest decisions of her life. If she tries to return to Chicago, her husband promises to whisk their four-year-old son off to a boarding school and Grace will never see him again.
She has no choice but to play along, at least temporarily. But in order to survive - and to save her son - she needs money. Misery, however, isn't brimming over with jobs for respectable women. Stubborn and proud, Grace refuses to consider prostitution. Since she'd rather die than give her husband that kind of victory, she forges an audacious plan.
If she has to live in a man's world, she'll live as a man.
Thad Walker is the middle son of the oldest, most successful cattle baron in Wyoming, and he always puts ranch work first. One chance meeting with Grace Hendrick, though, batters his resolve like a hail storm in July. When Grace's brother Greg Henderson gets hired by a local widow lady, Thad figures the kid is the straightest path to Grace's heart. Friendship and love blossom, but so do the lies. Eventually, deceit catches fire and threatens everything Grace and Thad hold dear.
Set against the backdrop of the Johnson County War, 1891, Wyoming will prove more explosive than the mean streets of Chicago.
Blanton, a former journalist, has done her homework; the story is rich with historic detail. Grace Be a Lady is a thrilling, romantic western woven from the threads of one of the Wild West's darkest chapters. Truth and fiction mingle seamlessly here like love and daydreams.
©2015 Heather Blanton (P)2015 Heather Blanton
I just downloaded this and can't even get through the prologue... Listening to the narrator is like trying to trudge through molasses with heavy boots on. Every word she speaks feels like a tremendous effort on her heart and is very taxing to listen to, unfortunately. The story sounded interesting, but I can hardly focus for the slow, strenuous delivery from the narrator.
Would possibly have liked this book had it been narrated by someone else. :\
I probably would listen to it again, but the reader enunciates SO clearly that it seems to drag just a bit, at times. There were a few times when the words almost seemed difficult to understand, because of the enunciation. But she does a really great job on vocalizing the different characters -- you always know which of them is speaking, and it's easy to tell the difference between a speaking character and just narration of the storyline.
The duplicity Grace was forced to maintain, and the way our author created such a menacing bad-guy.
Great character-voices. Really, really great character voices.
No, because it was long.
I love Blanton's books, and think that you will, too! Nice stories that end well, but there's plenty of harrowing stuff between the first-page and the last, with plenty of grit and real-life, slightly messy things going on with her characters. They're not all Pollyanna and sunshine, and I appreciate that.
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