Act like a man … Think like a lady. A Historical Western Romance with a Big Twist. Banished to the dusty cow town of Misery, WY for an alleged affair, Grace Hendrick wants nothing more than to get her son away from the clutches of his abusive father Bull. But if she dares return home to Chicago, Bull has promised to whisk their son out of the country and away from her for good. Besides, he’s sure she’ll resort to prostitution to survive. Grace, desperate and furious, instead concocts a daring plan to beat Bull at his own game.
Thad, the middle son of the oldest, most successful cattle baron in Wyoming, is busy building a ranch and his faith in God. One chance meeting with Grace, though, batters his focus–and his morals–like a hail storm in July. When Grace’s brother Greg is hired by a local widow, Thad figures the kid is the straightest path to Grace’s heart. But what is he thinking, playing with fire … ? Isn’t he a better man than to steal another man’s wife? Even an abused one?As friendship and love blossom, Grace and Thad will discover truths that threaten the foundations of everything they believe. But the truth will set them free … won’t it?
Review: Heather Blanton writes Christian Western Romance. She believes that “Christian Fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway”. Grace be a Lady is the first book in Heather’s Love & War in Johnson County series.
I always like to read Historical Fiction but Westerns typically are not my first pick. I have to tell you that I really enjoyed this Western! In Grace be a Lady, Grace Hendrick is consumed with hate for her husband, Bull, but she is filled with love for her son, Hardy. Grace is stuck in Misery, Wyoming and trying to find a way back to Hardy. The one thing she can’t do is act like a lady if she is going to make home. Thad Walker is taken aback with Grace the second he sees her. He offers her a love that she finds hard to understand. Raney Lawson, Grace’s boss, is a fun character that I could not help but like. She is as gritty as they come.
This series is based on the true events in Johnson County, Wyoming with neighbor fighting neighbor to obtain property for cattle ranching. It is hard to believe the measures some took to get what they wanted. I enjoyed the sweet romance and Godly perspectives of some characters. The friendships formed were touching. There is a lot going on in this story and I enjoyed reading every word of it. Book two of the Love & War in Johnson County series is set to release in August 2016. I received a free copy of this book from the author Heather Blanton in exchange for my honest review.
Favorite Quote: “I said drop it or I will kill you graveyard dead.”