Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cowgirl Dreams, by Heidi M. Thomas

If you enjoy reading a good western/historical novel, you won’t want to miss reading Cowgirl Dreams by Heidi M. Thomas. Based on the author’s grandmother, this book captured me from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down. Cowgirl Dreams had my heart in my throat. Not many books can make me cry, but this one sure did. This novel has earned a place on my bookshelf and I highly recommend it. I’m sure you will enjoy the read. I look forward to seeing more by this author.

About the Author

Raised on a ranch in isolated eastern Montana, Heidi Thomas has loved reading and writing since she was a child. Armed with a degree in journalism from the University of Montana, she worked for the Daily Missoulian newspaper, and has had numerous magazine articles published.

A tidbit of family history, that her grandmother rode steers in rodeos during the 1920s, spurred Heidi to write a novel based on that grandmother’s life.

Cowgirl Dreams is the first in a series about strong, independent Montana Women. The sequel, Follow the Dream, will be released this year.

Heidi is a member of Women Writing the West, Skagit Valley Writers League, Skagit Women in Business, and the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. She is an avid reader of all kinds of books, enjoys hiking the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, edits, and teaches memoir and fiction writing classes.

About this Book

Cowgirl Dreams, based on the life of Heidi's grandmother, tells how a determined young woman had to choose between abandoning her dreams, or taking matters into her own hands. Now, for young Nettie, her dreams are about to come true.

Montana in the 1920's: an era and way of life now found only in old diaries, letters ... and dramatic historical re-creations like Cowgirl Dreams. Although Nettie's mother wants her to be a lady, insisting on needlework and piano practice, Nettie holds stubbornly to her own dreams.

After Nettie's wrist is broken and her baby sister dies from influenza, will Nettie's dreams be put on hold? Surely that diminutive 14-yr-old girl isn't about to climb up on that rodeo bull, just like the men do?

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Here is a book blurb written by award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick:

Some girls claim they were born as horses and only later grew up to be western women. Heidi Thomas gives us one of those passionate, persistent young women in Nettie Brady, and she’s based this sparkling and enduring character on her own grandmother s story. Cowgirl Dreams is a heart-warming read for all ages.


David Meigs said...

Wow! I'm going to have to check this one out. :-)

Rulan said...

Hi David.

Good to have you visit. I know you will enjoy this book. :-)

Have a great day, my friend.

Mary E. Trimble said...

This is a lovely review of a great book. Heidi Thomas has done a wonderful job protraying her grandmother's early years. I love this blog--very nicely laid out.

Rulan said...

Hello Mary. It is a wonderful book and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your wonderful comments.