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Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson (1995) Historical Romance
 

Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson (1995) Historical Romance

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Author: Penelope Williamson
Category: Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Historical
ISBN: 0671508229
Condition: Used
Format: Hardcover
Publication Year: 1995

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Heart of the West



ANNOTATION

Clementine Kennicut, aching to leave New England and her oppressive father, finds the answer to her dreams in Gus McQueen, a cowboy who asks her to elope with him to his Montana ranch. Though happy about her new role as a frontier wife, nothing will prepare Clementine for the harsh realities of rural life--or the powerful attraction she feels for Zach, Gus's dashing, never-do-well brother.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

All her life, Clementine Kennicutt has been filled with restless longing. A ladylike New Englander, she yearns to escape the chafing authoritarian rule of her pious, unforgiving father. Clementine has never met anyone remotely like Gus McQueen. So when the cowboy with the laughing eyes and big, urgent dreams presses her to elope with him to his Montana ranch, she is ready. But nothing has prepared her for the harsh realities of frontier life or for the unpredictable hankering of the heart - least of all for the fact that almost from the first moment she sets eyes on Zach, Gus's dashing ne'er-do-well brother, she knows he's the one she was destined to love. Possessed of a rare spirit and courage, Clementine determines not to let the frontier defeat her as she strives for happiness and fulfillment within her fragile marriage. On a vast canvas dotted with memorable characters and one rousing adventure after another - shootups, storms, a mine explosion, an attack by a rabid wolf - Penelope Williamson has created an irresistible work of fiction.

FROM THE CRITICS

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\Publishers_Weekly Aiming for a high-toned romantic epic but falling victim to some of the romance genre's excesses, the author of Once In A Blue Moon delivers nicely researched period detail and appealing characters in a story of frontier feminism. Chafing under the harsh constraints of her prominent Boston family, Clementine Kennicutt loves the lure of the wild West. When she meets a real cowboy, Gus McQueen, they elope to his home, called the Rocking R, in the Montana territory. As she steels herself for the rigors of ranch life, Clementine finds the real West a far cry from its depiction in dime novels. She truly loves her proper, honorable husband, even as she is drawn to his raw, uncouth brother, Zach, who resents having a hoity-toity tenderfoot at the Rocking R. The narrative is packed with incidents-most of them dangerous- including run-ins with grizzlies, rattlesnakes and rabid wolves, and foul weather ranging from blizzards to droughts. And Williamson presents a full array of socials, shindigs and shootings, weddings, beddings, birthings and buryings. Clementine encounters some stock western figures when she befriends heart-of-gold saloon owner (and ex-whore) Hannah Yorke and Chinese mail-order bride Erlan. Williamson gives these characters convincing voices, however, and demonstrates how women could bond and find new identities on the frontier. Williamson tells her story with brio, if a little too much florid prose.



591 Pages

Hard Cover
Used / Dust Jacket

Very Good Condition

Additional Information about Heart of the West
Portions of this page Copyright 1995 - 2006 Muze Inc. All rights reserved.

Synopsis
Beautiful Boston blueblood Clementine Kennicut escapes her abusive father and elopes with cowboy Gus McQueen to Montana where she finds hardship, along with new independence, and Gus' sexy brother Zach.

Size
Height: 9.5 in.
Width: 6.8 in.
Thickness: 2.0 in.
Weight: 32.0 oz.

Industry reviews
Aiming for a high-toned romantic epic but falling victim to some of the romance genre's excesses, the author of Once In A Blue Moon delivers nicely researched period detail and appealing characters in a story of frontier feminism. Chafing under the harsh constraints of her prominent Boston family, Clementine Kennicutt loves the lure of the wild West. When she meets a real cowboy, Gus McQueen, they elope to his home, called the Rocking R, in the Montana territory. As she steels herself for the rigors of ranch life, Clementine finds the real West a far cry from its depiction in dime novels. She truly loves her proper, honorable husband, even as she is drawn to his raw, uncouth brother, Zach, who resents having a hoity-toity tenderfoot at the Rocking R. The narrative is packed with incidents most of them dangerous including run-ins with grizzlies, rattlesnakes and rabid wolves, and foul weather ranging from blizzards to droughts. And Williamson presents a full array of socials, shindigs and shootings, weddings, beddings, birthings and buryings. Clementine encounters some stock western figures when she befriends heart-of-gold saloon owner (and ex-w****) Hannah Yorke and Chinese mail-order bride Erlan. Williamson gives these characters convincing voices, however, and demonstrates how women could bond and find new identities on the frontier. Williamson tells her story with brio, if a little too much florid prose. 200,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club super release. (May)
Bernstein

YA A tale of the settling of the West told from a woman's perspective three women actually. Clementine Kennicutt is a proper Bostonian lady until she literally bumps into Gus McQueen and elopes with him to Montana. Hannah Yorke is the town prostitute who becomes a prosperous landowner, though she is forever marked by her past. And Erlan Woo is a young Chinese picture bride whose heart remains in China. These three seemingly mismatched characters become fast friends. Throughout the story, Williamson shows how they looked beyond the day-to-day existence and sank roots, established schools, and brought civility to the wildness of the wilderness, while still tending animals, working in the fields, cooking, and caring for their children. As the characters tell their stories, readers are transported to Montana and see how the land controls the fate of these three women. Pam Spencer, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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