I’m a big Sandra Dallas fan. I’ve read many of her books. Many focus around prairie life and being a Midwest girl, my heart can relate. My Dad was a farmer and we didn’t live a fancy life, so again, I can relate.
Some of my favorite books are by Sandra Dallas…My favorite is likely Alice’s Tulips. I like the older ones best… Tall Grass, The Diary of Mattie Spenser, The Persian Pickle Club. All of them are wonderful. The new book is Where Coyotes Howl.
The trouble with that is…what if this one isn’t as wonderful. That is always a problem for me when I pick up new books from a favorite author.
I have to warn you…Sandra Dallas tells the stories as likely could have happened. She doesn’t always wrap things up in a tidy bow and everyone doesn’t always live happily ever after…but sometimes good does triumph over tragedy…There is always tragedy after all isn’t it tragedy that keeps us wanting to read??
So did I like the book?? YES. I love the whole premise of a school teacher coming to town and falling in love with one of the locals. I spent my entire teen years wishing I was 75 years younger and could have done that myself. I totally romanticized that time period.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“1916. The two-street town of Wallace is not exactly what Ellen Webster had in mind when she accepted a teaching position in Wyoming, but within a year’s time she’s fallen in love―both with the High Plains and with a handsome cowboy named Charlie Bacon. Life is not easy in the flat, brown corner of the state where winter blizzards are unforgiving and the summer heat relentless. But Ellen and Charlie face it all together, their relationship growing stronger with each shared success, and each deeply felt tragedy.
Ellen finds purpose in her work as a rancher’s wife and in her bonds with other women settled on the prairie. Not all of them are so lucky as to have loving husbands, not all came to Wallace willingly, and not all of them can survive the cruel seasons. But they look out for each other, share their secrets, and help one another in times of need. And the needs are great and constant. The only city to speak of, Cheyenne, is miles away, making it akin to the Wild West in rural Wallace. In the end, it is not the trials Ellen and Charlie face together that make them remarkable, but their love for one another that endures through it all.”
Amazon readers gave it 4.3 stars. I am going to agree. I really thought for a long time I would give it more stars but the ending left me thinking…I thought about the ending for several days. It wasn’t a terrible ending but it really made a reader realize that this was a time period when tough things happened.
You can find the book HERE if you are interested.