Book Review: Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

"People who can adapt to changes are much more content than those who are rigid." 

Title:  Beneath a Prairie Moon
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah Fiction
Release Date:  March 20, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

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? 

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.

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.
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Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of gentle stories of hope such as What Once Was Lost and Through the Deep Waters. With more than one million books in print, Kim has garnered numerous awards including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys travel, quilting, and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.

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