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A Hopeful Heart

A Hopeful Heart

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An excerpt from A Hopeful Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Can she turn her second-best chance into a golden opportunity?

Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas. 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. But will Tressa have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt's hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands?

Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the passel of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once--and he got his heart broken. But there's something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice. When trouble strikes, will Abel risk his life--and his heart--to help this eastern girl?

"Sawyer treats readers to love stories that speak to the heart."--Romantic Times
An excerpt from A Hopeful Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer, published by Bethany House Publishers.

Can she turn her second-best chance into a golden opportunity?

Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas. 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. But will Tressa have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt's hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands?

Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the passel of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once--and he got his heart broken. But there's something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice. When trouble strikes, will Abel risk his life--and his heart--to help this eastern girl?

"Sawyer treats readers to love stories that speak to the heart."--Romantic Times

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Cun h fns und th th hnd f th bttd cpt-b tht hd h cfu sctd bnns, Tss N f n n
behind the tittering row of young women disembarking the train. She
ddn’t nd bn st. In th hspun dss nd utdtd st ht
acquired by Aunt Gretchen, she felt dowdy and conspicuous. No matterthat her attire closely matched that of her traveling companions—with
th xcptn f Evn. Sh st hbd n ntns ds t hd.
She peered out one of the train car’s dusty windows. A solitary 
thick-waisted woman wearing a calico bonnet and matching apron overa pale blue dress stood at the edge of the white-painted depot’s wooden
 k. Th n cuppd h hnd bv th bnnt’s b nd
stared at the train, obviously seeking someone. In the telegram that had
utnd Tss’s tv tn, h bnfct ndctd sh ud
meet her pupils at the train station, so Tressa surmised this woman
ust b th sch’s fund, Ms. Htt Wtt. Th ns und
 
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face held a warm smile, reminding Tressa of her favorite childhood
nusd. At nc, sh ft dn t h.Thn Tss’s z dftd t  s cd thd n th sshf shd ffd b th dpt’s vhnn pch f. A n. A
gawking with obvious interest. A bead of sweat trickled down her back.
In the acceptance letter Tressa had received from the Wyatt Herdsman
Sch, Ms. Wtt hd vd th n f Bntt dsd vs, but
Tressa hadn’t anticipated a welcoming band of prospective suitors.The sight of those sunburnt, cowboy-hat-topped men sent Tressa’s
stch nt spss f nvusnss.
 A giggle pierced the air. After days of traveling with the other girls,
Tressa recognized its source: Luella. The girl had talked incessantly,
ntjctn h chtt th hh-ptchd squs f uht. Lutund f h pstn t th hd f th n nd nnd dn
the row of girls. “Look outside. Do you see? The men have lined up to
t us!” Sh tuchd  hnd t h dpd chk, h ps cuvnnt  s. “Oh, nt th b psd tht ’v vd?” Anth uptd.
“Then kindly give them the pleasure of seeing us depart the train.
Evns sdnc cnd buht n bupt nd t Lus nn-n uht, but th  st nd td n th dd f ths.
“Shouldn’t we wait for the conductor?” Repeatedly during the
 jun, Lu hd bttd h shs nd d fvus qustsf th pt cnduct.“F ht pups?” Evn pntd t th pnn t th nd f 
the car with the tip of her satin parasol. “The train has stopped. We’vereached our destination. We can leave the car without the conductor’s
ppv. N !”
Luella bolted forward, and the others followed. Tressas dry tongue
stuck t th f f h uth, nd sh kpt h s n th cud-b-ntu nts cscdn f bnth th d b f Evn’s

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