Release Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance
About the Book:
Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to Kim Vogel Sawyer’s prairie-set heartwarmer of a pair of opposites destined for love.
Estelle Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?
Kim Vogel Sawyer has quickly become one of my favorite authors so I knew I had to read “Beneath a Prairie Moon.” This is a mail-order bride story taking place in a small country town known as Spiveyville, Kansas. There is so much to love. Spiveyville, Mack, Abigail, Helena and all of the other characters.
What I found even more interesting was how two prestigious women from the Eastern coast travel all the way to Spiveyville to teach the potential groom in manners and etiquette. This gave an extra touch to the story and I loved watching the men and married couples try so hard to use the new skills they learned.
I loved the characters, especially Mack. He was a gentlemanly man who loves the Lord and chose to wait on the Lord to bring Him a bride rather than go through the mail-order bride thing. That was refreshing to see, especially the day and age we live in because so many get tired of being lonely and end up with the wrong person. Abigail was one of those characters is hard to love in the beginning but tends to grow on you as the story progresses. She has so much character development that she is not who we see her as in the beginning by the end of the book.
There is romance, but it is not the sole focus of this story which I quite enjoyed. There are Scripture references scattered throughout the book, but it isn’t preachy in any way. This was refreshing because the characters lived their Christian lives through their actions. There are many things we can learn from the folks in Spiveyville. They may not be the most cultured, but they have the biggest hearts and compassion for one another. If someone was in need of something, the entire town came together to help.
Overall, this was a beautiful story that I can imagine being a Hallmark movie. Highly recommended for all ages
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Kim Vogel Sawyer:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of gentle stories of hope such as What Once Was Lost and Through the Deep Waters. With more than one million books in print, Kim has garnered numerous awards including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys travel, quilting, and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.