Beneath a Prairie Moon
Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to Kim Vogel Sawyer's prairie-set heartwarmer of a pair of opposites destined for love.Estelle 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?

Beneath a Prairie Moon Details

TitleBeneath a Prairie Moon
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 20th, 2018
PublisherWaterbrook Press
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical Romance

Beneath a Prairie Moon Review

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    January 1, 1970
    About this book:“Out on the Kansas plains, a group of menfolk eagerly await their mail-order brides, but how long will they endure the highfalutin former society gal tasked with making these ruffians more marriage friendly? Mark Cleveland is the only man in Spiveryville not interested in ordering himself a wife. His neighbors think he’s a fool, but Mack believes the Good Lord will be the author of his love story, should He choose to pen it.When the train from Massachusetts arrives in Kansas with About this book:“Out on the Kansas plains, a group of menfolk eagerly await their mail-order brides, but how long will they endure the highfalutin former society gal tasked with making these ruffians more marriage friendly? Mark Cleveland is the only man in Spiveryville not interested in ordering himself a wife. His neighbors think he’s a fool, but Mack believes the Good Lord will be the author of his love story, should He choose to pen it.When the train from Massachusetts arrives in Kansas with the owner of Bingham’s Bevy of Brides and her uptight assistant instead of the Spiveryville brides, Mack knows the men of the town won’t be very happy about their new guests. So he determines to assist Mrs. Bingham and Miss Grant with acclimating to prairie life. Abigail Grant is a young woman out of options. Although she was raised in wealth and educated at the finest schools, her father’s illegal dealings left her penniless. Cast out from elite society, she takes a place with Mrs. Helena Bingham as a potential bride but finds herself rejected again and again. Now, as she accompanies Mrs. Bingham to the wild and woolly West, Abigail doesn’t know what to expect next. Can she look beyond the tough exteriors to help the unruly ranchers prepare for their brides? Or examine her own heart to discover the plan God has for her?”Series: As of now, no. Spiritual Content- Galatians 5:14 at the beginning; Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, read, remembered, & talked about; Bible reading; Prayers & Blessings over food; Church going; Witnessing; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mack and Helena have faiths; While Abigail feels like God abandoned her family, *Spoiler* (view spoiler)[but does start praying and believing again near the end (hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of talks about God; Mentions of Bibles & Scriptures; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of churches, church going, services, sermons, & a preacher; Mentions of Heaven; A few mentions of Christians; A few mentions of sins; A mention of hymns; A mention of blessings; *Note: A few mentions of evilness; A couple mentions of the devil. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blamed’, a ‘shut up’, and two forms of ‘consarn’; A few mentions of cursing & curses (said, not written); Some sarcasm & eye rolling; Being kidnapped, tied up, & pain (up to semi-detailed); A fire & some pain (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of an accidental death (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of illegal dealings, thievery, arrests, criminals, & jails; Mentions of fighting, hitting, & injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of fathers beating & mistreating their sons (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a divorce & a man (possibly) hitting his wife; Mentions of aiming guns & threatening; Mentions of fires & burns; Mentions of stealing, robberies, chasing bad guys, being shot, & gunfire; Mentions of possible scams; Mentions of a former saloon, alcohol, kegs, drinking, & gambling/card games; Mentions of dead chickens (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of mobs & lynches; A few mentions of knives & feeling threatened (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of blackmail; A few mentions of tobacco; A few mentions of human waste smells; A couple mentions of thinking you’re going to find a dead body (doesn’t happen); A couple mentions of an uprising & fighting; A couple mentions of running from the law; A couple mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of animal waste; A mention of a murderer; A mention of a drunkard; A mention of jealousy; A mention of slaughtering animals for food.Sexual Content- a hair kiss and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); A few unwanted touches (on Abigail’s waist, barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Shivers, & Embraces (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing; Mentions of saloon working girls; Mentions of winks, blushes, flirting, & being stared at; A handful of mentions of the physical side of a marriage (nothing is said else wise); A few mentions of being accosted; A couple mentions of indecent comments (about cuddling/spooning); A couple mentions of kisses & kissing; A couple mentions of (not) being molested; A couple mentions of the possibility of a man violating a woman and taking husbandly liberties (he doesn’t); A mention of women of ill repute; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A couple mentions of unmentionables; A mention of butting into someone’s privacy. -Abigail Grant, age 25-Mack Cleveland, age 31 P.O.V. switches between them, Helena, & Bill Set in 1888 342 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- Two StarsEarly High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four StarsOooh, (very clean) mail-order bride stories and match-making stories are some of my favorites. As y’all might know. ;)I adored all the faith content, liked our entire cast of characters (well, except that one) and honestly wouldn’t mind a sequel. Or at least a follow-up novella. It did end very well, though, and I was quite happy with that ending. Miss Kim Vogel Sawyer has such a fun writing style! Being set in a Western town filled with men, there were a few comments I felt slightly uncomfortable with, but overall it was very clean. A bit of off-topic, but I feel like Mack is one of the few heroes I’ve read about who has a mustache. I don’t know why that got me tickled when I realized it near the end. He and Abigail were very cute together, though. :)Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Waterbrook) for this honest review.
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  • Andrea Cox
    January 1, 1970
    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which was NOT required to be positive.After reading Ms. Sawyer’s previous novel, Bringing Maggie Home, I wasn’t sure if I should expect another gut-wrenching story. Just a few pages into Beneath a Prairie Moon revealed that I was in for a delightful treat. While not a typical mail-order bride tale, it is filled with laughter, adventure, and unique characters that claim space in the r FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which was NOT required to be positive.After reading Ms. Sawyer’s previous novel, Bringing Maggie Home, I wasn’t sure if I should expect another gut-wrenching story. Just a few pages into Beneath a Prairie Moon revealed that I was in for a delightful treat. While not a typical mail-order bride tale, it is filled with laughter, adventure, and unique characters that claim space in the reader’s heart.It was really neat to see a sunburn featured through the story. That’s a different sort of aspect that I quite enjoyed. It brought back many memories of sunburns I’ve had, some more painful than others. This was a really creative thing to add into this wonderful book.Ms. Sawyer didn’t ignore the fact that saloons and brothels were prominent parts of prairie towns in the late 1800s. Instead, she took a fresh tack on it by turning a former place of sin into a diner and bed-and-breakfast combination. This worked really well for the story line, and it played beautifully against Miss Grant’s uppity background. The way Ms. Sawyer turned a bad thing into a good one reminded me of the way God takes the bad in our lives and turns it into good, as we are willing to leave behind our past and step into His ordained future for our lives. One story from the Bible that comes to mind is how God took Rahab and her history of harlotry and turned her life into a piece of Jesus’s lineage as well as allowing her son Boaz to become a well-respected member of the community. (Joshua 2; 6:16-25; Ruth; Matthew 1:5)If it weren’t for two old-time expletives, this would have been a five-star read for me. Those two words added nothing to the plot, and they tried to stick in my mind for a couple of days—forcing me to work extra hard to take every thought captive and renew my mind (2 Corinthians 10:5 and Romans 12:2). That type of wording is unusual for a Sawyer book, and I’m hoping it won’t be a repeated offense.This book is a lighthearted adventure abounding with surprises and quirky characters that I couldn’t help but love. As always with Ms. Sawyer’s books, it was filled with hope and faith and life lessons, all presented with charm, sweetness, and a quick wit. I can hardly wait to see whether her next book will be a heart-wrencher or a laugh-fest.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, happy sigh! This is one of the books that I have to digest before I can manage to review it. The cover is gorgeous, but the story inside just as much so. I knew I would love it, since it's Kim Vogel Sawyer, and each phase of the story was like unfolding a new leaf of enjoyment.It's impossible to be tempted to peek ahead because the plot twists around on itself so many times, which is right up my alley. I love having books surprise me with unexpected occurrences! No great predictability in th Ah, happy sigh! This is one of the books that I have to digest before I can manage to review it. The cover is gorgeous, but the story inside just as much so. I knew I would love it, since it's Kim Vogel Sawyer, and each phase of the story was like unfolding a new leaf of enjoyment.It's impossible to be tempted to peek ahead because the plot twists around on itself so many times, which is right up my alley. I love having books surprise me with unexpected occurrences! No great predictability in this story, excepting only that the hero and heroine are going to end up being interested in each other. I loved the original twist on the matchmaker story! A bride who's been returned to the agency more than once and gets reassigned to assistant and etiquette coach. But do we see a prissy etiquette story? Ah, no! That's not all there is to it, because...Twists. Indeed. All the way from sunburn to kidnapping. One of my favorite things was the deep spiritual lessons. I've heard the topic as naseum in other CF books, but this approach is fresh and engaging and feels authentic. Content/language: Nothing objectionable. Could be given safely to ages 14/15 Thanks to Blogging for Books for a free review copy. A positive review was not required.
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  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    Be prepared for gushing.Because I love, love, loooooved this book! So a cohesive review may not be possible.This is probably my favorite of Sawyer's so far. I did NOT want it to end and when I passed it along to my sister, she said the same thing. I just wanted to stay with Abigail and Mack and Helena and Bill and Spiveyville. They were all so real and believable. They each had their struggles, their strong points, and their weak points.And the men of Spiveyville. Oh wow. I mean, two women of pr Be prepared for gushing.Because I love, love, loooooved this book! So a cohesive review may not be possible.This is probably my favorite of Sawyer's so far. I did NOT want it to end and when I passed it along to my sister, she said the same thing. I just wanted to stay with Abigail and Mack and Helena and Bill and Spiveyville. They were all so real and believable. They each had their struggles, their strong points, and their weak points.And the men of Spiveyville. Oh wow. I mean, two women of prestigious, Eastern training coming into a town to train sixteen westerners who want mail-order brides? That is such an amazing idea and Sawyer executed it very well! I loved seeing the growth of the various characters, the vastness of their personalities. Yeah... I just loved the characters here!As always, Sawyer portrayed strong, Christian characters (when applicable) or young Christians who needed room to grow. There wasn't a ton of preaching in this book because the characters lived out their Christian lives. That was so very refreshing to see!The setting was completely amazing! I loved the many etiquette tips woven throughout the book and in Abigail's personality. It made it feel true to its era.I forgot at times that the basis of this book was "mail order bride." There really wasn't much romance until the end. It was more of solid friendships being formed and developing into a relationship. There were a few hints of things, but nothing portrayed at all.This really was just one of the sweetest, most exciting, and un-put-down-able books I've read this year!*I received this book from Blogging for Books and happily provided my honest review*
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  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath a Prairie Moon was a cute story. And it had a little twist, making it different from the average mail-ordered bride tale - our main female character is not a bride, but a tutor of the men ordering brides. She must teach uncivilized frontier men proper manners, etiquette, and other social rules.I enjoyed this book for the most part. The romance. The danger. The unexpected happenings. I especially liked the little parts where the mistress of this particular mail-ordered brides organization Beneath a Prairie Moon was a cute story. And it had a little twist, making it different from the average mail-ordered bride tale - our main female character is not a bride, but a tutor of the men ordering brides. She must teach uncivilized frontier men proper manners, etiquette, and other social rules.I enjoyed this book for the most part. The romance. The danger. The unexpected happenings. I especially liked the little parts where the mistress of this particular mail-ordered brides organization spoke to men about how women wanted to be treated. How they need to be treated. How their hearts are things to be gently cherished. Ultimately, though, I didn't feel Beneath a Prairie Moon was quite what I was expecting/looking forward to. It had more of a humorous slant than an authentic western/frontier feel. The storyline and some of the characters weren't very believable, though entertaining. I don't mean to bash the book, it just seemed quite different than Kim Vogel Sawyer's previous two books I've read - which I really loved.If one is looking for a fun, (with some drama and danger,) Christian romance set in the as-yet perfectly civilized prairie, they might give Beneath a Prairie Moon a try.I received a copy of Beneath a Prairie Moon from bloggingforbooks review program in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath a Prairie Moon is the latest release from Kim Vogel Sawyer. It's available today, March 20, 2018. I absolutely enjoyed my visit to Spiveyville, Kansas! The setting was so vivid - I could see everything in my mind so clearly. I could hear the characters' voices in my head. The only thing I wish I could have experienced differently was the cellar underneath the restaurant - once you read this book, you'll understand why!This book had such a unique plot! The engaging storyline flowed very e Beneath a Prairie Moon is the latest release from Kim Vogel Sawyer. It's available today, March 20, 2018. I absolutely enjoyed my visit to Spiveyville, Kansas! The setting was so vivid - I could see everything in my mind so clearly. I could hear the characters' voices in my head. The only thing I wish I could have experienced differently was the cellar underneath the restaurant - once you read this book, you'll understand why!This book had such a unique plot! The engaging storyline flowed very easily from one scene to the next. This story had a lot of humor, heart and faith. The romance was slow and sweet. There's even action and adventure woven through. I totally didn't see the main twist coming - very, very well done! This book has it all! There are four main point of view characters who are so real and so well written. Mack - the only proper gentleman in the crowd and the only one not looking for a wife. Abigail - her reactions to literally everything were hysterical! Her character showed a lot of growth during the story - she was a joy to read! Mrs. Helena Bingham - matchmaker extraordinaire, trying to make the best out of every situation she's thrown in. And finally, Sheriff Bill Thorn - quite the stand up guy! Let's not forget about the prospective grooms! When under Abigail's tutelage, these diamonds in the rough sure began to shine! The scenes containing the etiquette lessons were especially entertaining and funny! Beneath a Prairie Moon is a book I will enjoy again and again! I wholeheartedly recommend this book and can't wait to read what Kim Vogel Sawyer is working on next!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah though NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    January 1, 1970
    You know, I just realized I really haven’t been finishing books lately. Ugh, it really makes me feel bad to dnf this one, but I just couldn’t keep going. I’m not trying to be picky about books. It’s just that I’ve seen many other reviews gushing over how this book is wonderful and I really hoped it was going to be the same for me, but it just wasn’t.My main issue is that I just felt a little bored. I only finished 120(+) pages and I realized this book was just not for me. Now, the author didn’t You know, I just realized I really haven’t been finishing books lately. Ugh, it really makes me feel bad to dnf this one, but I just couldn’t keep going. I’m not trying to be picky about books. It’s just that I’ve seen many other reviews gushing over how this book is wonderful and I really hoped it was going to be the same for me, but it just wasn’t.My main issue is that I just felt a little bored. I only finished 120(+) pages and I realized this book was just not for me. Now, the author didn’t do anything wrong. I just wasn’t compelled to read it. It had this Christy (by Catherine Marshall) vibe but it just didn’t work for me.Also, there were many discussions of marriage, since it’s centered around mail-order brides, romance, etc… I realized I was not ready to read this, at least not right now. I mean, I can handle romance, but this book was just not my preference nor necessary for my age. I recently read a nonfiction for girls and it made me realize once again I don’t want to focus on romance in general. At the time when I first saw it, it sounded fine and intriguing to me. I guess your tastes can change over time, eh?Since I did not finish this book, I’m going to rate it three stars. The reason for this? First of all, I don’t think it’s fair to rate it less than that since I don’t think I have a valid reason to do so. Plus, I might see if I can read it again after a month or two, when I think I’m ready to. I’ll re-review it when I attempt this book again in the future. The one good thing that came out of this for me is that I’m going to be more careful in what I choose to read, thus hoping avoiding a scenario similar to this one in the future. The cover is very lovely! ❤I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to provide a positive one.This review was written in my own words and opinions.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book that I've read by Kim Vogel Sawyer and I can confidently say that she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I am not particularly a fan of historical fiction because I often find that it's a bit predictable and cliched but Sawyer's historical books do not fit into that mold.I expected one thing when starting the book based on the synopsis and got something much different (in a good way).The author is very gifted at character development...each character had their own voi This is the third book that I've read by Kim Vogel Sawyer and I can confidently say that she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I am not particularly a fan of historical fiction because I often find that it's a bit predictable and cliched but Sawyer's historical books do not fit into that mold.I expected one thing when starting the book based on the synopsis and got something much different (in a good way).The author is very gifted at character development...each character had their own voice and was very easy to picture. I found myself chuckling several times at the scenes of these "rascally" men who were very unrefined and just wanted to get some wives (the sooner the better). The contrast of these men to the uppity and snooty Abigail was very fun to read about.This story took several very unexpected turns that surprised me. There was depth to this story that I've found in all of Sawyer's books, which really adds to the enjoyment and makes them more memorable.I also appreciated that although there was romance, it began as a friendship and was very slow burning and sweet.My only wish was that there was an epilogue to see where these characters were in the future. A sequel would be even better!All in all, this was a very enjoyable story that I could see myself rereading in the future. I definitely recommend Kim Vogel Sawyer's books...I plan to purchase many more to read.Learn more and purchase here: https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books...I received this book from the author to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Pam Burke
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite things about a Kim Vogel Sawyer story: getting to the end of the story and seeing how all the pieces fit together. One of my least favorite things about a Kim Vogel Sawyer story: getting to the end of the story and having no more pages to read.If you have followed my reviews at all, you should have picked up that Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors. She tells stories (frequently historicals set in her home state of Kansas) of hardship, struggles, love, and faith in One of my favorite things about a Kim Vogel Sawyer story: getting to the end of the story and seeing how all the pieces fit together. One of my least favorite things about a Kim Vogel Sawyer story: getting to the end of the story and having no more pages to read.If you have followed my reviews at all, you should have picked up that Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors. She tells stories (frequently historicals set in her home state of Kansas) of hardship, struggles, love, and faith in a way that tug at the heart strings. Before the story is over, I have usually laughed, cried, and felt like taking some of the characters and "shaking some sense into them."Beneath a Prairie Moon is everything I have just described. The setting involves a kind of rough and tumble town that is short on females of marriageable age, which prompts many of the unrefined men of the town to send letters and money back East for the purpose of securing mail-order brides. When the manager of the bride service and her assistant make the long trek to Kansas, Eastern high society meets the unpolished prairie and all kinds of consequences develop. There is a lot of uncertainty and hard-headedness, and even some pretty dangerous situations. Before all is said and done, love shows itself in many forms -- expected and unexpected.As always, I highly recommend Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest book to all fans of great inspirational fiction. Thanks to Kim and her publisher for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath a Prairie Moon: A NovelI have become fascinated by the writings of Kim Vogel Sawyer, as of late. This book is a good example why. In Beneath a Prairie Moon, Abigail Brantley has suffered the affects of her father's illegal actions. She has been thrown from the world of social registers to one where she is now a tutor for ranchers in Kansas. These men need to be educated in manners so they can be deemed worthy to their mail-order brides. There is one man, Mack Cleveland, who does not want Beneath a Prairie Moon: A NovelI have become fascinated by the writings of Kim Vogel Sawyer, as of late. This book is a good example why. In Beneath a Prairie Moon, Abigail Brantley has suffered the affects of her father's illegal actions. She has been thrown from the world of social registers to one where she is now a tutor for ranchers in Kansas. These men need to be educated in manners so they can be deemed worthy to their mail-order brides. There is one man, Mack Cleveland, who does not want these mail-order brides coming because of how his father was taken in by a scheme like this. Mack has also decided that Abigail does not belong here. Soon however he sees the work she is doing for the ranchers, but he knows that life needs more than smooth edges and he wants to show this to Abigail. This author has a talent for developing the characters in her story. Each one stands alone and does not need to rely on others to create their story. I was envisioning the characters and the scenes as I read along. She also is great at showing the differences between the characters she writes about.This was more than a historical novel. It contained twists and turns that surprised me throughout. I highly recommend this book.I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Just Commonly
    January 1, 1970
    "People who can adapt to changes are much more content than those who are rigid." It's been quite some time since I've read a "mail order bride" story, but I remember them quite fondly. And I find Kim Vogel Sawyer's upcoming release, Beneath a Prairie Moon enlightening, for readers and definitely for the characters.Having experience setbacks in life, our main heroine, Miss Abigail Grant (Brantley) have some hard lessons to learn. Yet as readers, we learn with her. I love the premise of this not "People who can adapt to changes are much more content than those who are rigid." It's been quite some time since I've read a "mail order bride" story, but I remember them quite fondly. And I find Kim Vogel Sawyer's upcoming release, Beneath a Prairie Moon enlightening, for readers and definitely for the characters.Having experience setbacks in life, our main heroine, Miss Abigail Grant (Brantley) have some hard lessons to learn. Yet as readers, we learn with her. I love the premise of this not your typical "mail order bride" scenario. This time, the rugged men of the frontier will learn what it means to "court" and to take on a wife. Throughout the story, there's a certain way to the author's visualization and words that feels authentic and distinct at the same time. I enjoyed how many different personalities we've encountered, and also show the internal strength of women. I'm quite surprised by how much the author is able to put into this story. Romance, friendship, adventure and a message of God's unique plan for each of us, including matters of the heart."Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" In all, Beneath a Prairie Moon is a story of expecting the unexpected, and be pleasantly surprised by the good it is.This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.Please note, all quotes are taken from ARC (essentially an uncorrected proof). Please do not share quote or if do, please verify with release copy.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    “Life is often unfair, and we cannot change it. We can only do our utmost to make the best of what we've been dealt and perhaps try to bring a little happiness into others' lives. Isn't that what the Bible advises—to love one's neighbor as oneself?” Beneath a Prairie Moon brings us a story of Abigail Grant fallen from society due to her father's illegal dealings, leaving her penniless. Her last hope was to sign up to be a mail-order bride, but even that fails! Mrs. Bingham—owner of Bingham's Be “Life is often unfair, and we cannot change it. We can only do our utmost to make the best of what we've been dealt and perhaps try to bring a little happiness into others' lives. Isn't that what the Bible advises—to love one's neighbor as oneself?” Beneath a Prairie Moon brings us a story of Abigail Grant fallen from society due to her father's illegal dealings, leaving her penniless. Her last hope was to sign up to be a mail-order bride, but even that fails! Mrs. Bingham—owner of Bingham's Bevy of Brides mail-order service—decides to give her one more chance, but this time as an etiquette instructor to the rough & tumble potential grooms of Spiveyville Kansas. What ensues could be disaster or God's answer to her prayers. What a fun read! My heart went out to Miss Grant, who through no fault of her own, must seek out a different lifestyle than what she was brought up in. I can understand trying to make your own way into a world you don't have the first clue about. Part of me felt sorry for her & all the things she went through in her young life. Facing the unknown is certainly scary! But I love the way that Mrs Bingham (Helena) took her under her wings and guided her along the way. Just like a mother hen, she sometimes had to ruffle her feathers a bit & other times had to gather her close to lovingly encourage her. You can tell that Helena cared very much for her and only wanted the best for her. As for the potential grooms, each one had their own ideas and often times caused quite a stir with their uncouth & uncivilized ways! I had to laugh at some of the things they said or did, although I couldn't help but fall in love with their own unique personalities. I often found myself grinning from ear to ear! Now Mack Cleveland certainly stood out among the rest of them. While he was about the only one who hadn't sent out a letter to ask for a bride, he was willing to extend friendship to Abigail. He knew what it was like to have nobody to extend kindness to you, but he loved the town & how it's occupants extended that to him in a time of his own need. I loved watching romance slowly blossom like a prairie flower between these two. Sometimes love comes on gentle wings & your heart doesn't feel it until it grows so big that you can't imagine being without that person in your life. And that's exactly what happens here! Over all, faith is liberally sprinkled within the pages. Abigail had left her faith behind, Mack has always had his faith to cling to, and Mrs. Bingham let's it shine forth in all she does or says! A wonderful story to warm you heart & soul, bring laughter bubbling up, and a whole passel of potential grooms to get to know & love! Another fantastic historical story written by one of my favorite authors. * I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. *
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a historical romance novel that takes readers back to 1888. Mrs. Helena Bingham owns Bingham’s Bevy of Brides in Newton, Massachusetts. She is not surprised to find that Abigail Grant has returned once again. Abigail was raised to be a lady with a genteel education and refined manners. After the downfall of her father from his illegal dealings, Abigail found herself without a home and a fiancé. Helena knew Abigail would be a challenge, but she took h Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a historical romance novel that takes readers back to 1888. Mrs. Helena Bingham owns Bingham’s Bevy of Brides in Newton, Massachusetts. She is not surprised to find that Abigail Grant has returned once again. Abigail was raised to be a lady with a genteel education and refined manners. After the downfall of her father from his illegal dealings, Abigail found herself without a home and a fiancé. Helena knew Abigail would be a challenge, but she took her on anyway. The last gentleman (I use the term loosely) found her too “hoity toity”. Mrs. Bingham agrees to give Abigail one more opportunity. She has had a request from sixteen men in Spiveyville, Kansas who are looking for brides. Mrs. Bingham wants Abigail to give the men lessons in manners, table etiquette, how to court a woman, teach them to dance and proper decorum. They are met at the station by Mack Cleveland, the hardware store owner. Mack did not request a bride because he believes that only God can make a heart match. The enthusiastic grooms are not happy with the delay of their brides nor with the required lessons, but they will do what it takes to get wives. Events keep throwing Abigail and Mack together, but Abigail’s attitude makes it hard for him to get close. As time passes, Mack begins to see a different side of Abigail. Is there a chance for these two different individuals? Will Abigail realize that perfection will not bring her love and happiness?Beneath a Prairie Moon is a delightfully entertaining novel. The book is well-written and has a steady pace. I enjoyed the mail order bride angle that the author used in this story. It was unique (hooray). There are a wide variety of characters from the oh so proper Abigail to Athol Patterson who ran the restaurant (and did not appreciate anyone else cooking in his kitchen) to the evil Elmer Nance. It was nice to see the townspeople work together to help each other in times of turmoil (a bad storm and a kidnapping). I like how humor was interlaced throughout the story. Abigail and her sunburn (ouch) provided me with some laugh out loud moments (you would have to read it to understand). Beneath a Prairie Moon is a Christian novel and the author handles it beautifully. There are good lessons woven into the story about forgiveness, pride, the power of prayer, having faith, and following the path God has laid out for you. The story has a villain in Elmer Nance and a hero with Sheriff Bill Thorn. I kept hoping Sheriff Thorn would end up with a certain lady, but it did not happen. The ending will leave you with a smile on your face and a good feeling in your heart. My rating for Beneath a Prairie Moon is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath A Prairie Moon, written by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is the best book I have read this year. It is so good, I feel it should be made into a movie. The story is so well written I felt like I was there watching everything take place.Abigail Brantley was raised in wealth, educated at the finest school and was taught the manners of society by her mother. When her father was accused of illegal dealings, her engagement was called off. Shortly after her mother past away. With no where else to turn, she Beneath A Prairie Moon, written by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is the best book I have read this year. It is so good, I feel it should be made into a movie. The story is so well written I felt like I was there watching everything take place.Abigail Brantley was raised in wealth, educated at the finest school and was taught the manners of society by her mother. When her father was accused of illegal dealings, her engagement was called off. Shortly after her mother past away. With no where else to turn, she went to Helena Bingham to become a mail order bride. But the men she was sent to would not accept her. Helena received orders from 16 men from Spiveyville, Kansas. Helena believes the men are lacking in social skills. She takes Abigail to Spiveyville to educate the men as well as the community on manners and morals as well as eating and dancing skills.Mack Cleveland is about the only man in Spiveyville not ordering a bride. He feels that since God is the one who meant for man and woman to be together that God is the best one to bring Mack his wife. Abigail invites the whole community to her classes. When she teaches the classes, the sheriff, the pastor and Mack take turns watching over Abigail. As time moves on, the few men who did not order a bride, start to wonder if they should have. This is a really good Christian Historical Fiction novel. There is humor, suspense and romance. I feel anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially romance will really enjoy this story. I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    The author has offered us a different type of mail order brides, with many requests all going to the same town. Then she put a boulder in the way when the expected brides don’t show up in the prairie Kansas town, but only the owner and her helper arrive.Now you can just picture a young woman, and she is not spoken for, arriving to teach a bunch of small town men and farmers some manners. Oh, to be a fly on wall with some of the classes she offers and these poor men are required to attend, that i The author has offered us a different type of mail order brides, with many requests all going to the same town. Then she put a boulder in the way when the expected brides don’t show up in the prairie Kansas town, but only the owner and her helper arrive.Now you can just picture a young woman, and she is not spoken for, arriving to teach a bunch of small town men and farmers some manners. Oh, to be a fly on wall with some of the classes she offers and these poor men are required to attend, that is if they want a bride. There are some sad happening here where the sins of the father seem to come home when others put the blame on the child, so very unfair. Then there is child abuse, and putting such unfair blame on a child, the father of these boys is a bit unbalanced.You will enjoy being in this town and most of the people here, of course, every town has those other folks! There is a bit of romance here, and one I thought would happen sure surprised me. You will be in for a very enjoyable read!I received this book through Net Galley and WaterBrook & Multnomah and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Vicky Sluiter
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun spin to a mail order bride story. I absolutely loved the characters of Spiveyville, Kansas. These rough men were written with such heart that you have to root for them. Author Kim Vogel Sawyer writes with strong moral conviction, but is in no way preachy. Her characters are honest people with room to grow spiritually. They seem so human!While this is a mail order bride story, and you would expect romance, there really isn’t much until the very end, and that’s handled lightly. But you’ What a fun spin to a mail order bride story. I absolutely loved the characters of Spiveyville, Kansas. These rough men were written with such heart that you have to root for them. Author Kim Vogel Sawyer writes with strong moral conviction, but is in no way preachy. Her characters are honest people with room to grow spiritually. They seem so human!While this is a mail order bride story, and you would expect romance, there really isn’t much until the very end, and that’s handled lightly. But you’ll love the etiquette tips that Abigail teaches. The Eastern propriety of that day just made me smile.A great Christian historical fiction story, there are surprising twists, humor, and suspense. I highly recommend it and I certainly hope it’s the beginning a series!I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Beneath a Prairie Moon is another fabulous read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. This right her is one of the reasons why she is my favorite author. It is a delightful, fun, clean, sweet and, sometimes, hysterical historical, full of faith and inspiration. I loved Abigail from the start and found myself laughing out loud when she was introduced to the town people of Spiveyville. What a bunch of entertaining characters. Abigail sure had her hands full with them trying to “teach” them how to be good husbands. Beneath a Prairie Moon is another fabulous read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. This right her is one of the reasons why she is my favorite author. It is a delightful, fun, clean, sweet and, sometimes, hysterical historical, full of faith and inspiration. I loved Abigail from the start and found myself laughing out loud when she was introduced to the town people of Spiveyville. What a bunch of entertaining characters. Abigail sure had her hands full with them trying to “teach” them how to be good husbands. I give Beneath a Prairie Moon a well-deserved 5 plus stars and highly recommend it. Wonderful read!I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    A story line that will pull you in from the beginning. The characters add to the delight of this book. I love the strength of Abigail and the no nonsense attitude of Helena and the stability of Mack. There is humor intermixed and mystery intermingled through the story.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5" .. lonely was one thing. Desperate was another . . . . Every other unmarried man in Spiveyville could participate in the scheme, but he wanted nothing to do with any mail-order bride." Abigail Grant's finely ordered world disintegrated when her father betrayed his business partners and was jailed for his wrongdoing. Her friends deserted her, her fiancé broke their betrothal, and her mother's health declined dramatically until death. Having been unsuccessful in previous attempts to be a mail 3.5" .. lonely was one thing. Desperate was another . . . . Every other unmarried man in Spiveyville could participate in the scheme, but he wanted nothing to do with any mail-order bride." Abigail Grant's finely ordered world disintegrated when her father betrayed his business partners and was jailed for his wrongdoing. Her friends deserted her, her fiancé broke their betrothal, and her mother's health declined dramatically until death. Having been unsuccessful in previous attempts to be a mail-order bride, she makes a life-changing decision; accompany Mrs. Helena Bingham, the owner of "Bingham's Bevy of Brides" to Spiveyville, Kansas in order to transform an entire town of uncouth men into gentlemen worthy of their future mates. Hardware store owner Mack Cleveland has made it very clear to himself; if God wants him to marry, God will bring him a wife, he doesn't have to rely on any bridal service to do the work for him. Thus, Mack is voted to travel into Pratt Center, Kansas and meet the train; the train bringing over a dozen young ladies to Spiveyville. Imagine his surprise when only two arrive, one is the owner of the mail-order bride service, and the other lovely, overly refined woman is Miss Abigail Grant, whose lack of head covering is going to result in a Kansas sunburn on her very first day. It's both hard to like Abigail and hard not to like her, as she struggles to adapt to her primitive surroundings. Mack's patience and understanding is hard fought as he struggles to befriend the lonely etiquette instructor, especially when suspicions about Abigail's honesty begin to surface. There are several very emotional scenes in this story, which make the ending all the more endearing, and the prairie moon all the more memorable. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Virginia Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    A charming opposites-attract tale, "Beneath a Prairie Moon", is a rewarding read for lovers of inspirational historical western romance. In the late 1800's, Spiveyville, Kansas is home to a passel of marriage-ready farmers impatient for the arrival of their mail-order brides. The lone dissenter is Mack Cleveland, who prefers to wait for divine intervention to deliver him the perfect wife. When the train from Massachusetts brings only the owner of the bride business, Mrs. Bingham, and her assista A charming opposites-attract tale, "Beneath a Prairie Moon", is a rewarding read for lovers of inspirational historical western romance. In the late 1800's, Spiveyville, Kansas is home to a passel of marriage-ready farmers impatient for the arrival of their mail-order brides. The lone dissenter is Mack Cleveland, who prefers to wait for divine intervention to deliver him the perfect wife. When the train from Massachusetts brings only the owner of the bride business, Mrs. Bingham, and her assistant, Abigail Grant, there's bound to be a lot of disappointed men-folk. Born into privilege, and raised to be accepted in society circles, Abigail lost all when her father's corrupt activities came to light. Forced now to use what she has left, the manners and propriety instilled by her mother, Abigail takes on the task of soothing the rough edges of the Kansas farmers and potential grooms. As Mack is drawn into helping the women and keeping peace in the town, plenty of sparks fly between him and Abigail. The learning process goes both ways, and an awareness and attraction grows between Abigail and Mack. Can faith and hope overcome the obstacles in their way and bring them the love of a lifetime? A recommended read for romance lovers from a talented storyteller. Book Copy Gratis WaterBrook Publishing via Blogging for Books
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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    I love historical fiction and I've always enjoyed mail-order bride stories so I figured that I would like this book and after reading it I can say that I wasn't wrong! This not-so-typical mail-order bride story centers around two women, Abigail Grant and Helena Bingham. Abigail has traveled more than once to meet an unknown man seeking a bride and each time she has been rejected because she was too "uppity" for him. Helena Bingham is the widowed owner of Bingham's Bevy of Brides in Massuchusetts I love historical fiction and I've always enjoyed mail-order bride stories so I figured that I would like this book and after reading it I can say that I wasn't wrong! This not-so-typical mail-order bride story centers around two women, Abigail Grant and Helena Bingham. Abigail has traveled more than once to meet an unknown man seeking a bride and each time she has been rejected because she was too "uppity" for him. Helena Bingham is the widowed owner of Bingham's Bevy of Brides in Massuchusetts and she knows Abigail's past history; when she is contacted to send mail-order brides to Spivey, Kansas she decides that Abigail would best be suited to fill the role of "tutor". Helena convinces Abigail that the two of them should go to Spivey to "groom" these prospective husbands so that they will be better prepared to "court" their brides when they arrive. They show up alone, without the other women, and those eager grooms looking for their brides suddenly become impatient and irritated men wondering where the rest of the women are. This is when the fun begins! The author's description of Abigail's indignation at traveling in an open wagon and the horrible sunburn that she suffers shouldn't be funny but the different references to the sunburn's effects on her appearance had me laughing out loud. So did the women's attempts to teach these Kansas farmers and ranchers good manners and proper etiquette.There were other moments, however, that touched my heart and played with my emotions. I recognized that under Abigail's haughtiness there was deep hurt and embarrassment and I also realized that most of these Kansas men had hearts of gold buried under their rough exteriors. I was reminded that loneliness and a longing for a family know no economic or social boundaries. Beneath a Prairie Moon is filled with laughter, some unforgettable characters, lots of adventure and even a kidnapping. There is also sweet romance, an unexpected romance and a romance that I hoped for that just didn't happen. But most of all, this is a story of feeling unworthy and then being redeemed! Kim Vogel Sawyer has been able to subtly share hope and faith in her entertaining story Beneath a Prairie Moon.I received a copy of this book from the publisher but I wasn't obligated to post a review.
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  • Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers meets Little House on the Prairie in this heartwarming tale of manners, adventures, and romance in 1888 Kansas. Miss Abigail Grant and Mrs. Bingham set out to turn this rough and tumble town of ranchers and settlers into a group of gentlemen worthy of Bingham's Bevy of Brides. They find men who are a little rough around the edges, but they also find so much more. Despite Abigail's rough past and hard exterior, she finds home and acceptance in this uncivilized town Seven Brides for Seven Brothers meets Little House on the Prairie in this heartwarming tale of manners, adventures, and romance in 1888 Kansas. Miss Abigail Grant and Mrs. Bingham set out to turn this rough and tumble town of ranchers and settlers into a group of gentlemen worthy of Bingham's Bevy of Brides. They find men who are a little rough around the edges, but they also find so much more. Despite Abigail's rough past and hard exterior, she finds home and acceptance in this uncivilized town unlike what she has known before, and slowly her walls are able to come down. Mack Cleveland, who wants to find his own bride with God's help, sets out to watch out for Miss Grant and instead finds someone he can't take his eyes from. Prairie storms, barn dances, kidnappings, and joyful reunions round this story out to make an enthralling tale. Abigail does bring a little civility to the gentlemen in Spiveyville, but she receives so much more in return. The humor of teaching ruffians manners is a great spark added into the book. Even though there are a lot of gentlemen in the story, each one is unique and a welcome addition to the story. The book is written from multiple perspectives, but each perspective adds a lot to the journey. Abigail can be a little annoying at the beginning with the severity of her propriety. But as her heart softens, so does her rigidity, making her more approachable and likeable. Mack is a wonderful love interest, being steady and wise in all his dealings. The addition of Nance makes the story even more exciting. The action of the story is not as desperate or intense as some other books that I have read, but it is still enough to make your heart race. The ending is a wonderful party of heartwarming matchups. I would have liked an additional scene of the big wedding day a la Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but that is a very minor remark stemming from a need for more of this wonderful book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story with faith, humor, history, adventure, and an uplifting ending. I received a copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    One of the first musical movies I ever watched was Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In this 1954 production, newly married Millie sets out to marry off her six uncouth mountain-men brother in laws. To make them appealing, she teaches them various social skills such as manners, conversation, and dancing. This is what came to my mind when I read the plot outline for Beneath a Prairie Moon. Abigail Brantley plays the Millie role here, although she hasn’t been as fortunate in finding a suitable husb One of the first musical movies I ever watched was Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In this 1954 production, newly married Millie sets out to marry off her six uncouth mountain-men brother in laws. To make them appealing, she teaches them various social skills such as manners, conversation, and dancing. This is what came to my mind when I read the plot outline for Beneath a Prairie Moon. Abigail Brantley plays the Millie role here, although she hasn’t been as fortunate in finding a suitable husband. I read Beneath a Prairie Moon in one sitting. Granted, I didn’t have much else to do at the time: my power was out during a snowstorm. But I do live in a house full of books, many of which I haven’t read, so you can be sure I’d have found something else if this hadn’t kept my attention. There are a variety of characters from the wary Mack Cleveland to the loathsome Elmer Nance, plenty of men who want their brides sooner rather than later, and married women who want their husbands to also sit through Abigail’s classes. There is humor and tension, and a touching scene between Abigail’s employer and two motherless boys. But with so many brides and so many grooms, there was one pairing I didn’t expect. There was a pairing I’d hoped for, but it didn’t happen. In the midst of so many happily ever afters, therefore, I was left with a bittersweet feeling.This is a Christian novel and it does contain lessons for the reader. Abigail mourns a lost past, has clung onto elements of it, and has become bitter and unforgiving because of it. There’s a question to be asked: does having manners and other social graces make a person superior to someone who doesn’t have them? Finally, demonstrating that first appearances can indeed be deceiving, the men of Spiveyville show they are fully worthy of their brides by their actions.Thank you to Waterbrook and Multnomah for my complimentary Uncorrected Proof of Beneath a Prairie Moon, which I received for my honest review.
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  • Barb Klein
    January 1, 1970
    Kim Vogel Sawyer writes very well and I enjoy her books. “Beneath a Prairie Moon” is no exception. This is another mail-order bride novel, but with a twist. Helena Bingham has a business matching eligible men with women of marriageable status, for a price. Abigail Grant has been sent to four different men for marriage, but either has returned of her own free will or has BEEN returned. She was raised in wealth, and when her father brought shame to their family by committing fraud, if she wanted t Kim Vogel Sawyer writes very well and I enjoy her books. “Beneath a Prairie Moon” is no exception. This is another mail-order bride novel, but with a twist. Helena Bingham has a business matching eligible men with women of marriageable status, for a price. Abigail Grant has been sent to four different men for marriage, but either has returned of her own free will or has BEEN returned. She was raised in wealth, and when her father brought shame to their family by committing fraud, if she wanted to be married, since she was shunned by her former friends, she needed to become a mail-order bride.Bachelors in Spiveyville, Kansas wanted wives, for comfort and for help on their farms and in their businesses. Since there were no single women in their town or surrounding parts, they collectively wrote letters to Mrs. Bingham seeking brides. When their letters arrive, Mrs. Bingham was appalled by their crudeness and illiteracy, not to mention lack of societal manners. In order to make sure she was not sending her girls into a bad situation, she decided that she and Abigail would travel to Kansas to provide classes for the men to teach them how to be husband material.Although these marriage broker novels are mostly the same, this one in particular, is a joy to read. I found it so interesting because of the various characters and their mannerisms and also I found it very humorous which kept me reading. Ms. Sawyer has produced a good novel and I recommend it.I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. You can find this review on my blog at https://wp.me/p2pjIt-ux. Other reviews can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.
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  • Roger Sigmon
    January 1, 1970
    Kim Vogel Sawyer knocks this one out of the park! Although I received this book as an ARC (advanced reader copy) in exchange for an honest review I would have gladly paid for this one. The running theme is that we cannot judge someone by the mistakes of their parents or other family. A story that puts you right into the heart and mind of most of the characters, especially the main characters. I found myself thinking about them while away from the book, wondering how they were processing certain Kim Vogel Sawyer knocks this one out of the park! Although I received this book as an ARC (advanced reader copy) in exchange for an honest review I would have gladly paid for this one. The running theme is that we cannot judge someone by the mistakes of their parents or other family. A story that puts you right into the heart and mind of most of the characters, especially the main characters. I found myself thinking about them while away from the book, wondering how they were processing certain events.This book is not easy to place into a genre, it has mystery, action, adventure, romance, suspense, and a few others thrown in. I'm saying this has been done in a good way, a very unique blend that enhances the plot and character development. The author takes us on an adventure that is set in the late 1800's. A group of men form a small town in Kansas have placed an order for mail order brides. To avoid spoilers, I will say that the events that transpire will make you believe their in hope for the human race after all. One should never judge someone for the mistake of others that carry their family name. Give each other a chance to prove their own worth before labeling them as worthless or evil.Near the end of the book a character enacts a very bad scheme , although he has good intentions. His actions are not in the least legal nor pure, yet the author does an amazing job of making the reader pause and think "what if I were in that position, would my actions be any better?This is the type of book that has such an interesting story line and is fast paced enough you will not want to put it down. If you do put it down, you will not be able to stop thinking of the characters and their lives. This is being released March 20, 2018.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "Beneath a Prairie Moon" is a Christian romance set in 1888 in Kansas. A group of men from a small, rough town in the West send money to a matchmaker agency in the East since there are no available local women. The matchmaker, an older widow, decides to travel to the town to assess the men to best match them up.She brings along a younger woman who has been rejected by several matches. This gal uses manners as a shield to prevent people from accusing her of any wrongdoing and longs to retake her "Beneath a Prairie Moon" is a Christian romance set in 1888 in Kansas. A group of men from a small, rough town in the West send money to a matchmaker agency in the East since there are no available local women. The matchmaker, an older widow, decides to travel to the town to assess the men to best match them up.She brings along a younger woman who has been rejected by several matches. This gal uses manners as a shield to prevent people from accusing her of any wrongdoing and longs to retake her place in high society which was lost when her father committed a crime. She is tasked with teaching the potential grooms some basic etiquette.The sheriff of the town is initially worried that the women are pulling a scam. The men of the town are impatient for their brides and don't see the point of learning etiquette. The sheriff and a respected shopkeeper keep an eye on the women to prevent the eager men from bothering them. The shopkeeper befriends the young woman when he learns of her past because he knows what it's like to be accused by society when you've done nothing wrong.The story was told from the viewpoints of these four characters. It was a light-hearted story with funny moments. While etiquette played a large role in the story, the focus of the story was on how the main characters reacted to events and grew as people. The romance developed over time as people got to know each other and became friends. The main characters learned to more deeply trust in God. There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd highly recommend this enjoyable romance.I received this ebook as a review copy from the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Erica Nicole Pait
    January 1, 1970
    Blessed to receive an early copy of this through the Blogging for Books program.(Full disclosure: I did not read the back of this book before signing up. I simply saw the author and flipped out! I was pretty excited.) Anywho, the review... This book, well, let's just say that I've never felt this way about one of Kim's leading ladies. I was actually shocked that I didn't fall instantly in love with Abigail. In fact, it was a good 150 or 200 pages before I even liked the girl! Helena was my favor Blessed to receive an early copy of this through the Blogging for Books program.(Full disclosure: I did not read the back of this book before signing up. I simply saw the author and flipped out! I was pretty excited.) Anywho, the review... This book, well, let's just say that I've never felt this way about one of Kim's leading ladies. I was actually shocked that I didn't fall instantly in love with Abigail. In fact, it was a good 150 or 200 pages before I even liked the girl! Helena was my favorite though. I loved Mack and Bill, but I enjoyed Helena's POV the best. This was a great book. And the plot was very unique. It was a very interesting concept. Yes, a mail-order bride isn't that unusual for a storyline, but I think this one was taken in a whole new direction which added both intrigue and humor. So many eye-roll worthy moments. And somehow, Kim Vogel Sawyer always knows exactly how I want her books to end, and with one exception (I've been saving that review... it's a bit rant-ish) she has delivered every time. This book had the best ending I could ask for. And those last hundred pages or so... I was in shock basically. It was not a twist I had prepared for and I loved it! Did I mention yet that I love the ending??? ;P I would absolutely recommend this book for its dynamic characters, original plot, and brilliant writing. Just sayin', but there at the end I was alternating between giggling my head off and screeching. It's a good thing my brother wears headphones. He'd probably think I had lost all sense. I'm giving this book 5 stars.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an absolutely heartwarming historical romance with a gentle undercurrent of faith.After her father is arrested and convicted of stealing from his business partners, Abigail Brantley loses not only her social standing, but her friends and fiancé.  With no one to turn to for help, she becomes a mail order bride for Mrs. Helena Bingham. Unfortunately , none of her matches have worked out so when Helena receives sixteen requests for brides from 4.5 stars.Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an absolutely heartwarming historical romance with a gentle undercurrent of faith.After her father is arrested and convicted of stealing from his business partners, Abigail Brantley loses not only her social standing, but her friends and fiancé.  With no one to turn to for help, she becomes a mail order bride for Mrs. Helena Bingham. Unfortunately , none of her matches have worked out so when Helena receives sixteen requests for brides from a small town in Kansas, she decides she needs to meet the men in person. Both women journey to Spiveyville where Abigail is tasked with tutoring the men who have hearts of gold but need a little polish and tips for courting their brides.  Mack Cleveland, one of the few men who did not request a bride, is sent to pick up the women. Mack has reason to be suspicious Helena's business is on the up and up so he is surprised when he looks forward to spending time with Abigail during her stay in town. Given the differences between them, is there any chance for a future together?Abigail clings tightly to the teachings of her darling mother and she is unyielding when it comes to manners and social decorum. However, she does not seem to realize that what is proper behavior for her former life is not exactly a perfect fit for her new circumstances.  Abigail holds tight to these last vestiges of her previous social standing and in doing so, she pushes everyone away. She has also lost her faith since she feels so abandoned by everyone else after her father's activities come to light. Now with one more failed match behind her, Abigail is scared that Helena will desert her as well.Helena is a wonderfully wise, caring and compassionate woman.  She wants nothing but the best for the women who are willing to become mail order brides. However, she is having a difficult time convincing Abigail that she needs to lower her expectations and be more willing to relax her strict adherence to social etiquette. Unwilling to cast her out, Helena instead comes up with a plan to put Abigail's social skills to good use.Mack is a good hearted man who knows better than anyone how Abigail's fall from grace feels. He too experienced being judged by his peers for someone else's actions.  His friends in Spiveyville helped him heal from these emotional wounds but he is not quite as trusting as his  neighbors when it comes to mail order brides. So with a healthy skepticism,  Mack is determined to make sure Helena and Abigail are not running a scam. Initially highly suspicious of the two women, Mack is very surprised by how much he enjoys spending time with Abigail. When the truth about her past comes to light, will Mack continue to give Abigail the benefit of the doubt?Beneath a Prairie Moon is an absolutely charming novel with a superb cast of lovable characters. Mack and Helena are quite endearing right from the start but Abigail is initially quite frustrating and not overly appealing.  The plot is engaging and Abigail's transformation occurs at a realistic pace. Spiveyville is a typical rough around the edges western town and Kim Vogel Sawyer does an outstanding job bringing the little town and its residents vibrantly to life.  The spiritual element is perfectly woven into the storyline in a way that feels like a natural extension of the characters' lives.  With just a hint of adventure, this wonderful historical novel comes to an uplifting and heartfelt conclusion.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    If you like to read inspirational novels, then the upcoming novel “Beneath a Prairie Moon” by Kim Vogel Sawyer should rise to the top of your reading list. Helena Bingham is a widow and owner of a mail order bride business called Bingham’s Bevy of Brides and is given a huge task of finding 16 brides for Spiveyville, Kansas rough and rowdy grooms. After seeing the way the men write their requests, Helena decides that she and Abigail Grant (a very proper young lady and hopeful bride who is having If you like to read inspirational novels, then the upcoming novel “Beneath a Prairie Moon” by Kim Vogel Sawyer should rise to the top of your reading list. Helena Bingham is a widow and owner of a mail order bride business called Bingham’s Bevy of Brides and is given a huge task of finding 16 brides for Spiveyville, Kansas rough and rowdy grooms. After seeing the way the men write their requests, Helena decides that she and Abigail Grant (a very proper young lady and hopeful bride who is having a hard time fitting in with western grooms) should travel from Newton, Massachusetts to Spiveyville, Kansas to teach these men how to be proper husbands. And that is as far as I will go in telling you about the storyline. There are several storylines in this book which includes, action, humor and intrigue. In the end this book is one of faithfulness to God, hope and forgiveness. The characters are so enduring that you will wish the book would continue on past the end. I highly recommend “Beneath a Prairie Moon”. Kim Vogel Sawyer has outdone herself yet one more time with this novel. https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books...I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews, the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Summary:Estelle 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, a Summary:Estelle 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? Review:From the first page to the last page this story keeps the reading wanting more. When it’s finished you still wish there was more to the book. The characters are very believable. The flow and development of the story is perfect. The editing is well done as I didn’t run into any errors which to me changes the flow of the book.Conclusion:Would I recommend this book to others? YESWould I read more books from this author? YESIs this book a Novel or Novella? Novel
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