Book Review: No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West Series, Book 1) by Maggie Brendan

No Place for a Lady
(Heart of the West Series, Book 1)
by Maggie Brendan
Copyright 2009
303 pages
ISBN: 9780800733353

Let me first say that I absolutely adored this book! It is a refreshingly different historical/western Christian Fiction romance. If you love romance, cowboys, southern belles, or westerns...I highly recommend Maggie Brendan's debut novel, No Place for a Lady...you will be blown away! I couldn't believe that this was Maggie's very first novel; it feels like she's been sharing her stories for years.

Crystal Clark's father has recently passed away, so she's decided to leave her life in Georgia behind, and start fresh on her aunt's ranch, Aspengold, in Colorado. When she meets Aunt Kate's foreman, Luke, she falls for him pretty quickly, but tries to squelch her feelings once she discovers that he is not a believer. Another complication arises in the form of April McBride. April's father is a neighboring landowner, who wants Aunt Kate's land any way he can get it, while April has her heart set on Luke. Crystal has to deal with some heartbreaking situations during her stay at Aspengold, but in the end, she comes out a stronger, better person for enduring them.

Luke Weber is Kate's foreman, but he's also the son she never had. When he meets Crystal, he thinks she is a typical prim and proper southern-belle with no backbone. Once disaster strikes Aspengold ~ he finds out just how tough Crystal can be ~ and even though Luke has not given his heart to God, he discovers that God has not forsaken him.

I'm impatiently waiting for Book 2, The Jewel of His Heart, to be released on October 1st. I can hardly wait to find out what happens to Josh McBride, April's brother. I'm also looking forward to catching up with everyone from No Place for a Lady!

To find out more about Maggie Brendan and her books, please visit her blog: Southern Belle Writer. You can purchase her books at Amazon.com or Christianbook.com

Oh, one more thing ~ Maggie doesn't like how she looks in the photo I recently posted of her, Julie Lessman, and myself ~ so here's another one. Isn't she beautiful?!?! :)

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Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

Someone gave me this book as a gift back awhile ago, but I haven't read it yet. I'm anxious to start it now! :o)


Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Hey Christy ~ it's a great book. Be sure to let me know what you think once you've read it. :)

Renee said...

Christy, you'll love this book for sure! Lori recommended it to me (well she actually got me a copy and sent it to me) since she loved it so much! I'm sure happy she did it was wonderful!

Thanks for the review Lori, and I happen to think that Maggie looked just lovely in the other picture too!

XOXO~ Renee

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Hey Renee,

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, too! :)

I agree, I thought Maggie looked great in both pix.

Thanks for dropping by!

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Lori, thanks for the wonderful review! I was out West doing research and a little vacation, but it's good to be home now and back into my routine. I have my personal copy of The Jewel of His Heart and hope you get your influencer copy today or tomorrow. :) By the way, I think the first cover girl doesn't look like a snob, but has fun and spunky look reflected on her face. Hey, the art people liked it--marketing didn't. But I thought she truly was my heroine--just my opinion.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Hey Maggie ~ welcome home!! I'm so glad you stopped by. :)

Yes, my influencer copy arrived on Saturday, and I've already read a couple of chapters. LOL

You know, now that you mention it (about the first cover), she does look a little more...devious, maybe, instead of snobby. She actually made me think of April, not Crystal. Both covers look great, but I really like the one they ended up using the best. :)

Cym Lowell said...

I love this review. You can really tell how much you like this author!

Thanks for joining the Book Review Wednesday Blog Party. I love having all these different genre reviews in one place. It really gives readers a chance to consider different genres than they might normally read (I know that I have ordered several different books already!).

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Cym Lowell said...

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Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Thanks for dropping by, Cym. I appreciate the heads up about the link ~ I've added it. =)

I'm already looking forward to next week! LOL

~ Lori