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Women go mad on the Nebraska frontier!

Women go mad on the Nebraska frontier!

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout tells the story of homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy and her efforts to take four women from the Nebraska frontier back to Iowa after the women have gone mad over the long cold winter with too many hardships.  According to the tale, the Homesman is a person, usually a man, who is tasked with taking women who have gone mad back east to their families.  In this story, the husbands don’t want to take on the job, so…

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Light Summer Reading

Light Summer Reading

Wishing to read a story with mystery and a little lighthearted romance, I turned to one of my favorite authors, Jayne Ann Krentz, and her book Lost & Found.  It fit the bill and was an enjoyable read.  Cady Briggs has an eye for detecting forgeries in decorative arts and is free-lancing with a small business, Lost & Found, whose owner Mack Easton traces and recovers missing art.  Cady’s great aunt Vera dies with her business, Gallery Chatelaine, in the…

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Wild Wyoming and “The Virginian”

Wild Wyoming and “The Virginian”

On a recent trip to Wyoming, we had the pleasure of staying in Medicine Bow, Wyoming at The Virginian Hotel.  It was built in 1911 and was named after the famous novel, The Virginian by Owen Wister (we stayed in the Owen Wister suite!)  The novel was also the basis for the TV Series The Virginian from the 1960’s which starred James Drury and Doug McClure.  The novel is set in Wyoming and begins with a traveller getting off the…

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Outlander is the best!

Outlander is the best!

For anyone who likes historical fiction with some steamy romance and clever dialog, I highly recommend Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (it is book one of a six book series).  I especially liked the audiobook because it is narrated by Davina Porter who does a wonderful Scottish accent.  It has also been made into a TV series so don’t miss it! If you like Diana Gabaldon, you should also try the Highlander romances by Karen Marie Moning and the Kushiel’s legacy…

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