Review No Place for a Lady by ( Heart of the West #1) by Maggie Brendan

Crystal Clark arrives in Colorado’s Yampa Valley amid the splendor of a high country June in 1892. After the death of her father, Crystal is relieved to be leaving the troubles of her Georgia life behind to visit her aunt Kate’s cattle ranch. Despite being raised as a proper Southern belle, Crystal is determined to hold her own in this wild land–even if a certain handsome foreman doubts her abilities. Just when she thinks she’s getting a handle on the constant male attention from the cowhands and the catty barbs from some of the local young women, tragedy strikes the ranch. Crystal will have to tap all of her resolve to save the ranch from a greedy neighboring landowner. Can she rise to the challenge? Or will she head back to Georgia defeated? Book one in the Heart of the West series, No Place for a Lady is full of adventure, romance, and the indomitable human spirit. Readers will fall in love with the Colorado setting and the spunky Southern belle who wants to claim it as her own.


  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733355
My thoughts:
Crystal leaves Georgia to go visit her aunt Kate who lives in Colorado.  Once she arrives all the hired hands take a liking to having a young girl around.  One girl doesn’t care of Crystal that much and that would be the foreman’s fiancĂ©.  He keeps giving Crystal mixed signals and thinks she is going to make a mess of the ranch.  When Kate passes away Crystal takes on the ranch and the problems.
The book was ok.  The characters could have used some sprucing up a bit.  Hard to believe a true southern belle would go out on a cattle drive.  Yes, she does have spunk  and wants what is best for the ranch.   Some of the story is a bit slow, but otherwise not a bad read.