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The Fighting Shepherdess

Caroline Lockhart

Book Overview: 

A classic style western written by one of the first female western writers. Caroline Lockhart was a rancher, writer and possibly the first woman to go over Glacier National Parks Swiftcurrent Pass.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .gregation when the flour barrel was low.

Mrs. Toomey was not too agitated to note how immaculate and dainty the dining room table looked with its fine linen and cut glass. There were six dices of apple with a nut on top on the handsome salad plates, and the crystal dessert dishes each held three prunes swimming in their rich juice.

The living-room, too, reflected Mrs. Pantin’s taste. A framed motto extolling the virtues of friendship hung over the mantel and the “Blind Girl of Pompeii” groped her way down the staircase on the neutral-tinted wall. A bookcase filled with sets of the world’s best literature occupied a corner of the room, while ooze leather copies of Henry Van Dyke gave an unmistakable look of culture to the mission table in the center of the room. A handsome leather davenport with a neat row of sofa pillows along the back, which were of Mrs. Pantin’s own handiwork, suggested luxurious ease. But the chief attrac. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The story of a young abandoned woman who makes good in an unforgiving West was better than I expected. In fact, a description of a winter storm may as well have been written by Willa Cather, and some of the humorous jabs at society would have made Mark Twain jealous to have written them.

Maybe the ch

The. Beginning of this book was a little slow, but i was una le to put it down at the end. It is Bout the development of a town and a young woman. The town focuses on "society" and "class". When Kate first comes to town to I teract with them, she is ostracised. She has little influence from women in

Surprisingly readable for such an old book.
LOVED the main character's rise from the bottom.
HATED that it all ended up in romance in the end (ooooh she's all woman and she wants love) and that, in order for a girl to success, she has to be transformed from a grubby sheepwoman to a beautiful girl in

While dated (and therefore there are a few racist scenes), this is more the story of a young girl and her growing-up experience in a community that takes great joy in tormenting her.