Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cowgirl Dreams by Heidi M. Thomas

Defying family and social pressure, Nettie Brady bucks 1920s convention with her dream of becoming a rodeo star. That means competing with men—at a time when cowgirls who ride the rodeo circuit are considered “loose women.” Addicted to the thrill of pitting her strength and wits against a half-ton steer in a rodeo, Nettie exchanges skirts for pants, rides with her brothers on their Montana ranch, and competes in neighborhood rodeos.

Broken bones, killer influenza, flash floods, and family hardship team up to keep Nettie from her dreams. Then she meets a young neighbor cowboy who rides broncs and raises rodeo stock. Will this be Nettie’s ticket to freedom and happiness? Will her rodeo dreams come true?

Raised on a ranch in isolated eastern Montana, Heidi Thomas has had a penchant for reading and writing since she was a child. A tidbit of family history, that her grandmother rode steers in rodeos during the 1920s, spurred Heidi to write a novel based on that grandmother’s life.

When I turned the last page of Cowgirl Dreams, I felt like I was saying good-bye to new-found friends. So, I was thrilled to learn Cowgirl Dreams is the first in a series about strong, independent Montana Women.

Based on the life of Heidi Thomas’s grandmother, a real Montana cowgirl, Cowgirl Dreams brings history to life and is a great gift idea for both adult and young adult readers.

Charlotte Phillips is the co-author of the Eva Baum Detective Series, 2009 President for The Final Twist Writers Group and contributor to multiple blogs. Learn more about Charlotte and her books at:


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  1. I love stories about strong women. Thanks for recommending this book.

    Straight From Hel

  2. Spunky women existed a long time ago, not only now! Thanks for the glimpse into a different way of life, Heidi.

    Morgan Mandel

  3. I have been hearing about this book and reading excerpts since it was first released. It is one that I know I would enjoy, so I may buy myself a Christmas present. :-)

  4. I really enjoyed this book. Nice to read about it again.

  5. Thank you for recommending my book, Charlotte. And the nice comments from all of you--that makes me feel good!


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