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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (387 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer Narrator: Linda Stephens Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781449847067
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Can she turn her second-best chance into a golden opportunity?

Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas. The school’s one-of-a-kind program teaches young women from the East the skills needed to become a rancher—or the wife of one. But will Tressa have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt’s hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands?

Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the passel of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once…and he got his heart broken. But there’s something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice. When trouble strikes, will Abel risk his life—and his heart—to help this eastern girl?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The author crafts a multilayered love story and embellishes it with loyal friendships. Readers will long to be enrolled in the school that molds a young woman into a rancher’s wife.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “[A] tenderhearted tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sawyer’s plainspoken historical and inspirational coming-of-age romance…offers a unique perspective on the herdsman’s schools established on the prairie.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clockstein Lockstein | 2/19/2014

    " A Hopeful Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a delightful romance full of faith and charm. Tressa Neill is one of the first students at Hattie Wyatt's herdsman school for girls. Rejected by her aunt and uncle, she wants to learn how to be a good wife on a ranch in hopes of finding a husband, just like the rest of the women in the school. Abel Samms doesn't have much faith in the school or the women, he just wants to figure out who has been rustling his cattle in such quantities that he's being forced to consider selling his ranch to his wealthy neighbor. Sawyer is a talented writer, and I've read several of her other books, but this may just be her best one yet. I absolutely adored this novel! Tressa is a delightful heroine who is initially unsure of herself but learns from Hattie to learn to trust herself and the Lord. I love books like this where the reader knows from the first page that everything is going to end happily, but the journey there is so much fun. Sawyer has created a vibrant group of characters here, and I hope that the Wyatt Herdsman School isn't through. There are more stories to be told! If you're looking for a sweet romance, you couldn't do any better than this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/18/2014

    " This is actually 3 1/2 stars just because I really like the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/6/2014

    " This was a very enjoyable read. Set in the old west, an experienced widow decided to create a school for preparing young women who want to come to the west and make lives for themselves. Men are plentiful, and in want of a wife, but the women need to be more prepared to take on the adventures and challenges of a ranching community. This God-fearing woman brings them there and helps them learn skills that will prepare them for the future, while God works on the hearts of the women and the men themselves, preparing the way them to come together. The character development was good, (the main character, an orphan unwanted by family in the east needs a new start, while her future husband is nursing a hurt of his own, blaming God,) the adventure high, (cattle rustling!) and spiritual development of utmost importance. Fun summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/30/2014

    " Christian Fiction, one of my favorite books, I have read it at least twice and will definitely read it many more times. Most people probably would not like this book, but I love it! It kind of reminds me of a book version of Seven Brides for Seven Brides... loosely reminds me, but still. It is set during the pioneer era, a girl named Tressa is sent Westward to a school of sorts to learn how to be a rancher's wife. A chick flick for sure, but has enough "action" in it that you're not just reading mushy romantic stuff. I would recommend this to anyone who like reading Oregon trail era fiction, or like Christian fiction (don't worry, they're not beating the Bible down your throat. It's well written). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/17/2014

    " I was really cute but it ended a little too abruptly for me. At least give me a wedding scene or something :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denae Freed | 12/20/2013

    " I've read it twice all ready in the past year or so. I appreciate the growth in each character as they growth closer to God, or their relationship with God and others are restored. It's a sweet story, with lots of excitement and some suspence too. One of my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Highland-dreamer | 12/17/2013

    " My first book by this author. I wasn't overly impressed, but I loved the ending, and the beginning intrigued me. It lost me a little in the middle, but not enough to stop reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/6/2013

    " I was totally captived by the storyline and characters in this book. I could not put it down. I would definetly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 7/26/2013

    " Can't wait to read more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 3/26/2013

    " I've liked some of her other books, but this one just didn't capture me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Masci | 2/26/2013

    " The cover to this book drew me in it was a very good book. A country love story.^_^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 2/10/2013

    " Kim Vogel Sawyer's classic mail order bride story takes wing and flies on its own! A delightful heroine and a mystery thrown in. A good summer afternoon by the pool read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/30/2013

    " A widow rancher sets up a school for young women from the East to learn what they need to know to become the wife of a rancher. Tressa's grandparents inform her she is not pretty and doweryless so has no other hope but to attend the school. Interesting and predictable romance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kura2025 | 1/5/2013

    " Im a little tired of the "ranch in trouble" plotline but it was a cute story. A good read for this genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryal | 9/9/2012

    " She was great the first half of the book then she decided to go preachy on us readers. The story line is fabulous. It was based on an original story. I found it interesting and I liked the romance. But she needs to ease up on the conversion parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ralynn Wilcock | 9/3/2012

    " if you like tracie peterson you'll like this author. I really liked this book it's christan based so you get scripture references and prayers but other then that it is a really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/9/2011

    " This was a nice story that definitely lives up to it's Christian Fiction identity. Tressa is sent by her aunt and uncle to Barnett, KS, in the late 1800s to be trained as a rancher's wife and find someone to marry. The story is predictable, but still very pleasant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth (etandksmom on TM's) | 3/9/2011

    " Sawyers books are not my favorites but they are cute little stories. This is the second of her books that I've read this month. It was better than the first I read, A Promise for Spring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mary Ethington | 1/4/2011

    " I thought this was a sweet book. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Itsjuliaeliza | 12/26/2010

    " Wow...I like this a lot more than I thought I would. I found myself very drawn to Tressa and the other characters...definitely recommended :) "

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About the Author
Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a bestselling and award-winning author and speaker. She is the author of more than twenty inspirational novels. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. A former elementary school teacher, she now lives with her husband, Tom, in central Kansas.

About the Narrator

Linda Stephens is a seasoned audiobook narrator whose readings include Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, which won an AudioFile Earphones Award and was a finalist for the Audie Award for Best Narration.