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Melinda and the Wild West (2006)

by Linda Weaver Clarke

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In 1896 Melinda Gamble, a very elegant young woman from Boston, is desperately trying to help a rebellious student through acceptance and love, and at the same time, she is trying to understand her own heart. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it is a ruggedly handsome rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared—love. ( )
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  LindaWeaverClarke | Jun 22, 2008 |
This is a story of Melinda, an independent and educated woman from Boston who lives comfortably, but feels there is more she can do with her life. She decides to take a chance and moves to the untamed west. She becomes the new teacher in Paris, Idaho, a rugged wilderness area that is filled with dangerous animals, outlaws and weather that can be extreme in all seasons. She struggles to adapt at first, but comes to love the area and people. She meets a mysterious rancher that she never imagined would some day be a part of her life.

I absolutely loved this book. Now, I may be biased that I adore late 1800’s and anything to do with Wild West areas, but this story just amazed me. Creating a story based upon an independent, educated and strong women character, brings to light the type of women that helped make this country what it is today. Melinda learns to keep her guard up when she needs to, but letting it down can bring happiness in to your life. The themes of family, love, communication and friendship can be found throughout the book.

If you want to read a book that makes you smile at the end, this would be one of those books. ( )
  Allie64 | May 6, 2008 |
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To the memory of Gilbert and Sarah Weaver (1835 - 1909) my great, great grandparents: the first pioneers who settled Paris, Idaho
To the memory of Gilbert and Sarah Weaver (1835 - 1909) My great, great grandparents: the first pioneers who settled Paris, Idaho
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The steel wheels of the train roared as they sped down the tracks.
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Believe me if all those endearing young charms, which I gaze on so fondly today, were to change by tomorrow and fleet in my arms like fairy gifts fading away.

Thou wouldst still be adored as this moment thou art. Let thy loveliness fade as it will, And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart would entwine itself verdantly still.
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In 1896 Melinda Gamble, a very elegant young woman from Boston, is desperately trying to help a rebellious student through acceptance and love, and at the same time, she is trying to understand her own heart. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it is a ruggedly handsome rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared—love.
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In 1986, Melinda Gamble decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a frightening bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it is a ruggedly handsome and very mysterious stranger who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared--love. -- Cover.… (more)

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