Dec 20, 2011

Valley of Dreams by Lauraine Snelling

When Cassie Lockwood's mother died, Cassie began travelling with her father's Wild West Show. Along the way, she became an amazingly skillful trick rider and sharpshooter, likened by some to the famous Annie Oakley. When her father passed away, she continued to work with the show, having nowhere else to go.

Now Cassie has discovered that "Uncle" Jason, the show's manager, has driven the show into debt, and he's absconded with what little money was left. Devastated, Cassie decides to try to find the hidden valley in the Black Hills of South Dakota where her father had dreamed of setting down roots. She has only one clue. She needs to find three huge stones that look like fingers on a giant hand. With Chief, a Sioux Indian who's been with the act for twenty years, and Micah, the head wrangler, she leaves the show and a bundle of heartache behind and begins a wild and daring adventure.

Will they find the valley before winter closes in on them?

Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Visit

Valley of Dreams is the first book in the Wild West Wind series, and what an unusual type of story. I was fascinated by the story of Cassie and her life as a trick rider and sharpshooter. With no warning, the only life she has known ends, and she is forced to make some drastic choices.

With very little information to go on, Cassie leaves in the middle of the night with a few animals from the Wild West show, a gypsy type buggy, and a couple of unusual but loyal friends. Their journey across the wild frontier is filled with danger and tests their basic survival skills.

I loved this book! The ending was totally unexpected and I can't wait to find out what happens next. This promises to be a fantastic series.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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