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The Lure of the Dim Trails

B. M. Bower

Book Overview: 

Phil Thurston was born on the range where the trails are dim and silent under the big sky. It was the place his father loved, the place he had to be. After the death of his father when he was five, his mother brought him back to the city, where he grew up and became a writer. To revive his stale writing, he returns to the West, and may just find what he is really missing.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'll scarcely need a dozen." The truth was that he thought Park was laughing at him.

Park slid sidewise in the saddle and proceeded to roll another cigarette. "I'd be willing to bet that by fall you'll have a good-sized string rode down to a whisper. You wait; wait till it gets in your blood. Why, I'd die if you took me off the range. Wait till yuh set out in the dark, on your horse, and count the stars and watch the big dipper swing around towards morning, and listen to the cattle breathing close by—sleeping while you ride around 'em playing guardian angel over their dreams. Wait till yuh get up at daybreak and are in the saddle with the pink uh sunrise, and know you'll sleep fifteen or twenty miles from there that night; and yuh lay down at night with the smell of new grass in your nostrils where your bed had bruised it.

"Why, Bud, if you're a man, you'll be plumb spoiled for your little old East." Then he swung back his feet and the horses b. . . Read More

Community Reviews

My third B. M. Bower and I can't award it less than three stars because she is so good at creating a sense of place and I did like Thurston's character. This is yet another love story, but I found story of the "big city" boy come home to the range and rediscovering his love of the west to be the...more

I have now read five titles by Bower, and in at least three of them she has one or another character complain that most writers of Western stories know nothing about the West or the realities of ranch life; and that they should spend time in the country learning what they are trying to write abou...more