A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson

By Stephanie Grace Whitson

It truly is 1876, and 20-year-old Mattie Flynn is set to make a clean begin after fleeing from her sinister boss within the playing condo the place she used to be hired as a singer. Mattie travels to Deadwood, South Dakota, looking for her more youthful brother, who went sooner than her in hopes of constructing a fortune within the gold mines. All Mattie desires is a secure and first rate existence for the 2 of them, yet that does not appear to be her future as she faces extra heartache and trials. Will the suspicious bottles of gold airborne dirt and dust from her brother's declare be the foremost to her future...or does the good-looking highway preacher, who's constantly turning the opposite cheek, actually carry the solutions to her inner most longings?

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Swede harrumphed at the thought. Whatever she was, she didn’t think the word lady applied. Just the thought of Swede Jannike being invited to join a Ladies Aid Society or to have tea almost made her laugh. Or cry. She wasn’t sure which. You must stop such toughts. Dey profit you nothing. Perhaps she would ask around in Sidney the next time she was there and learn what was involved in homesteading on the prairie down that way. What did it cost people to build those sod houses? She’d helped Garth plow once.

Frowning, she thrust out her lower lip and, squirming in her mother’s arms, prepared to yowl. But then she saw her brother emerging from the tent, screeched with joy, and reached for him. Freddie took Eva in his arms and covered her with kisses. Planting her on his shoulders, he waited for her to gather two handfuls of blond hair before taking off in a subdued gallop around the wagon train. Swede allowed one ring around the wagons before saying, “Enough,” and pointing toward the coffee-box cradle now positioned just inside the tent.

AUTHOR STEPHEN BLY, for unselfishly sharing your expertise in all things Old West, AND ANN PARRISH: You always make the stories so much better. What a blessing you are! BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS: It remains a great privilege to work for you. THE KANSAS EIGHT: You know who you are . . and what you do. RANDY ALCORN, brother in Christ and one of the most godly men I know, thank you for allowing me to put your words in my fictional preacher’s mouth. Thank you for your humility as you walk the talk and for consistently challenging me to live in light of eternity.

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