Think like a lady. Act like a man.
Banished to the dusty cow town of Misery, Wyoming, for an alleged affair, Grace Hendrick is facing the hardest decisions of her life. If she tries to return to Chicago, her husband promises to whisk their four-year-old son off to a boarding school and Grace will never see him again.
She has no choice but to play along, at least temporarily. But in order to survive - and to save her son - she needs money. Misery, however, isn't brimming over with jobs for respectable women. Stubborn and proud, Grace refuses to consider prostitution. Since she'd rather die than give her husband that kind of victory, she forges an audacious plan.
If she has to live in a man's world, she'll live as a man.
Thad Walker is the middle son of the oldest, most successful cattle baron in Wyoming, and he always puts ranch work first. One chance meeting with Grace Hendrick, though, batters his resolve like a hail storm in July. When Grace's brother Greg Henderson gets hired by a local widow lady, Thad figures the kid is the straightest path to Grace's heart. Friendship and love blossom, but so do the lies. Eventually, deceit catches fire and threatens everything Grace and Thad hold dear.
Set against the backdrop of the Johnson County War, 1891, Wyoming will prove more explosive than the mean streets of Chicago.
Blanton, a former journalist, has done her homework; the story is rich with historic detail. Grace Be a Lady is a thrilling, romantic western woven from the threads of one of the Wild West's darkest chapters. Truth and fiction mingle seamlessly here like love and daydreams.
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