A Hopeful HeartLarge Print - 2010
Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applied to the inaugural class of the Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas, in 1888. The school's one-of-a-kind program teaches young women from the East the skills needed to become a rancher - or the wife of one.
Shy and small for her twenty-two years, Tressa is convinced she'll never have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt's hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, riding a horse, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands. But what other options does she have?
Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the group of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an Eastern girl once - and got his heart broken. But there's something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice. And when Tressa's life is imperiled, Abel has to make a decision: ignore the danger, or risk his own life = and his heart.