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Chip of the Flying U by B. M. Bower

Chip of the Flying U

by B. M. Bower

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The Flying U's owner's Eastern learned sister arrives at the ranch, stirring up things for the hard riding, hard living men and Chip, the tough bronc rider falls head over heels for the 'Little Doctor'. ( )
  MiaSquires | Feb 21, 2014 |
A slightly sappy, but sweet western romance revolving around the antics of a group of cowboys after the boss's niece, the "Little Doctor" comes to stay at the Flying U ranch. Homey and humorous episodes involve a variously, a coyote and some luggage, an accidental pill overdose at a party which necessitates several stomach pumping, a cactus patch, a runaway horse, and an injured cowboy culminate in a happy ending for most all concerned.

It's a cozy read for a winter afternoon when the wind is whistling round the windows, and the snow is flying past them. ( )
  SunnySD | Oct 30, 2007 |
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B. M. (Bertha Muzzy) Bower was the first woman to make a career of writing popular westerns. And what a career it was - more than sixty novels published from 1904 to 1940, the year of her death, and still more posthumously. In the western orbit, Bower was - and is - a star. Her first, Chip of the Flying U, lays out a ranch in Montana and introduces the Happy Family, the bunkhouse gang that reappears in her later books. Chip is the typical woman-shy cowboy, but he is also a gifted artist (reputedly, Bower based the character on Charles M. Russell, who illustrated Chip). Della, a doctor, is the young woman who disrupts his solitary life. The result is a quality ranch romance. Chip of the Flying U was a great success that led to several movie versions, one of them casting Hoot Gibson as Chip. Today's readers who grew up watching westerns on television will appreciate Bower's cinematic style.… (more)

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