Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer's prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her.Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?
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Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, gramma, chocolate-lover, cat-petter, and--most importantly--a daughter of the King! With more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages, Kim enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Her "gentle stories of hope" are loved by readers and reviewers alike. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, reside on the plains of Kansas, the setting for many of her novels.
1. Tell us about your new novel, Beneath a Prairie Moon, and
how the idea for it came about.
Several years ago I wrote a book called A Hopeful Heart which
featured women from the east coming to a Kansas herdsman
school to learn the skills necessary to become ranchers’ or
farmers’ wives. Readers enjoyed the humor of watching these
Easterners try to brand cattle, cook for a “whole passel of men,”
or take care of chickens. Over the years, I received several
requests for another mail-order bride type story, so I was always
contemplating it. Then I thought, the last book taught the
women how to be good wives; why not write one about the
ranchers learning to be good husbands? And Beneath a Prairie
Moon came to life in my imagination.
2. Why do you believe readers are so fascinated with mail-
order bride stories?
I think it’s the unknown. When you take two people who are
strangers to each other, put them into a situation where they
either learn to get along or be miserable, it’s intriguing to see
how that plays out. We’re encouraged as Christians to choose to
show Christ’s love to others, and a mail-order story allows that
basic biblical precept to come alive on the page.
3. The main character, Abigail Grant, finds her life turned
upside down when her father is imprisoned for illegal
business dealings. How does her story speak to God’s plans
for each of us when things don’t turn out the way we
There as so many things I appreciate about God, but His ability
to make beauty out of ashes is de6nitely close to the top of the
list. How many times have we felt as if our happiness was
ending, only to find ourselves on the precipice of a brand new
and even brighter opportunity for joy? The thing is, God doesn’t
see the way we do, with blinders on. He sees how yesterday,
today, tomorrow, and every day of our lives work together, and
He uses each of our days to weave the most glorious plans for
His children. Of course, we have to be willing to let go of some
things so our hands are open to receive the greater gift He
wants to bestow. I think that was Abigail’s biggest challenge: to
release the known and receive what could be.
4. What message do you hope your readers will take away
from Beneath a Prairie Moon?
I always hope readers will recognize there is no greater hope
than the one that comes from a relationship with God through
His Son Jesus. But speci6c to this story, I hope readers will
perhaps open themselves up to seeing others through Jesus’
eyes. Abigail needed to do this for the townsfolk, and the
townsfolk needed to do this for Abigail. When we look (and love)
through Him instead of relying on our human failings, hearts
5. What can you tell us about what you are working on next?
Next out of the chute is a contemporary women’s fiction story
featuring an Old Order Mennonite woman named Marty and her
lifelong friend, Brooke, who was raised by an agnostic mother.
Very different women, yet bound by an abiding friendship that
faces several challenges when they come together on a special
project, rebuilding a Kansas ghost town.
As with all of Sawyers books this a must read. You are going to enjoy every page of his one.
Miss. Grant hold a special place in my heart. You have to read the book to find out why.
There are a few twists, I 'm sure you are going to enjoy.
I gave this book 4 stars. I hope you will check it out.
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