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    Stephanie Grace Whitson(Author)

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It's 1876, and 20-year-old Mattie Flynn is determined to make a fresh start after fleeing from her sinister boss in the gambling house where she was employed as a singer. Mattie travels to Deadwood, South Dakota, in search of her younger brother, who went ahead of her in hopes of making a fortune in the gold mines. All Mattie wants is a safe and respectable life for the two of them, but that doesn't seem to be her destiny as she faces more heartache and trials. Will the suspicious bottles of gold dust from her brother's claim be the key to her future...or does the handsome street preacher, who is always turning the other cheek, truly hold the answers to her deepest longings?

"Mattie's transformation from a woman fleeing her past to one embracing her future is deftly handled, and the changes in the lives of the minor characters add considerable texture. What is more, Whitson's decision to set this novel in 1876 allowed her to weave some fascinating history of the Black Hills into an already rich story. This book is a keeper for anyone who enjoys inspirational romance." --Historical Novels Review Stephanie Grace Whitson, bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist, pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Stephanie Grace Whitson(Author)
  • Bethany House; Original edition (April 1, 2009)
  • English
  • 5
  • Christian Books & Bibles

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  • By M. Hagberg on December 14, 2014

    Loved this book! Exciting, scary, and romantic! Mattie walks to a very young Deadwood in Dakota, Indian Territory with a of-drawn freight train to meet her brother who'd been writing about his successes at his gold mining. When she arrives, Mattie discovers her brother had died from pneumonia a short time before she came. But, she can find no sign of the gold he'd written about. She decides she will work the mine, and becomes the only female miner in Deadwood. Mattie finds a new life, but so much more.

  • By D. Bartu on June 7, 2016

    Stephanie Grace Whitson does another fantastic job writing about women in history. I love this story and all of her books. I have read many of them multiple times and enjoyed the each time. Her books are never predictable and each time I read her book I feel like I can relate to the heroine and might have had the same experiences had I lived during her time period. Great read.

  • By T. on July 18, 2014

    Loved this book, the way the story developed and the story in general. Well written, engaging, a book to get totally engrossed in. A strong, independent young woman braves life in the mid-west and succeeds. I've just finished reading "Karyn's Memory Box (Keepsake Legacies Series)" by the same author and am now reading "Nora's ribbon of Memories (Keepsake Legacies Series)". These are wonderful books to get lost in! HIGHLY recommended.

  • By Bonnie Edenfield on March 10, 2015

    This is the first book I have read from this author. I read it because it was recommended by Laura Frantz, and I was not disappointed. Her story was on the cutting edge...a leader among women at a time when it was not cool. I was surprised by the ending in a pleasant way. I plan to read more of Stephanie's books!

  • By CJ Sew on August 6, 2016

    This was so amazing to read. How peoples lives come together and how it turns out is incredible. God has a plan and we are players in His plan.I really enjoyed this, as I am from South Dakota and have been to Deadwood.

  • By M. Carley on August 20, 2013

    In this book, we're following two different relationships. We're following Swede and Tom, but we're mostly focused on Mattie. She has escaped her past and has come to find her brother and start over. Unfortunately, things don't really pan out the way she wants and she needs to come up with a different plan. As she rebuilds her life, she becomes friends with a preacher and starts to ask questions about God. With her past catching up, there's the anticipation about how things will end.Aron is a reluctant preacher, but he is living out what he preaches. His past hasn't been stellar and he readily admits to his problems. The other characters that we follow are Tom and Swede - they work together to open a store in Deadwood. Swede is used to pushing merchandise up the trail by oxen while Tom runs the store back in town. Swede longs to leave the hauling life behind, but she's not sure what to do about her feelings for Tom.While I liked this book, I was a little confused at the end. So much time was spent building the anticipation of when Jonas would catch up with Mattie, I felt that it was not as detailed as it could have been. I'm still not sure what exactly happened. I also felt that the relationship between Aron and Mattie could have been explored a little more and the end not as rushed. I still liked the book, but I just felt that the end could have been better. All in all, a nice read.

  • By Sharon A. Steuart on September 12, 2014

    A story of redemption and some very interesting characters as well. My first time reading a Stephanie Grace Whitson story, but it won't be the last.The story is intriguing and unusual. The redemptive story is always true and this time told in an especially loving way.Read this book and you will enjoy for sure!

  • By Joy Dage on June 22, 2014

    This is such a great read that I bought it in paperback when it came out a while ago and then again on my Kindle - great intertwining of the historical with a very good story. I love the most the way Stephanie Whitson weaves the spiritual side of things in with her stories in a way that is not "preachy" but still gets the message out there. Anything she has written has been top notch!


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