Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review and GIVEAWAY of A Story of the West by Susan Spence


The author is hosting a giveaway of her book.

Scroll below this review for the link to the Giveaway  and the Giveaway Guidelines.

Roping cattle, trading horses, living in log cabins, cooking on a wood-cook stove, an all-purpose store in town...... you will experience all of this as you turn the pages.

A STORY OF THE WEST follows Matt Daly, the owner of the D Rockin' D cattle ranch, through cattle drives and through his daily life and gives a wonderful explanation of a cowboy's life at home and his travel from one open field to another rounding up cattle.  I enjoyed the account of how the towns sprung up and how folks knew exactly where to put saloons and all-purpose stores to help the West become populated.  The description of the stores, the ranches, and the daily life was very vivid and made you feel as though you were experiencing all of it along with the characters. 

Life in the 1880's included the difficulties of cooking, bathing, and staying warm in the winter. This life was a lot of hard work and also a difficult life for the citizens as the West was being developed, but all of this was a part of a settler’s daily living. You will also be a part of Lavina and Matt’s love story as well as the life of the rough cowboys and gunfights in the lawless towns.  You will vicariously live through all of this and enjoy the story through the great depiction by the author. 

Ms. Spence did a wonderful job recreating the development of the West and portraying what family life was like during the 1800's.   The story had suspense, colorful characters, and interesting facts that kept you reading.  Matt Daly’s story, along with all the people he met, was merged in a very engaging way throughout the entire book. 

I thoroughly enjoyed A STORY OF THE WEST.  We should all be interested in how our country was developed and be thankful for these pioneers that lead the way and for their taking the brunt of all the work and determination to create towns that were the beginning of what we have today.  

American history buffs will be delighted with all these accounts.  And.....remember....this is "how the West was won" and how our country grew. 5/5 for the GIVEAWAY that will run from today until June 10:


1. You must be a citizen of the United States.
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Click here to complete the giveaway form. Good luck to all.  The winner will be chosen using


  1. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the giveaway.

  2. Hi Elizabeth, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  3. Elizabeth, Thank you for joining me over at Living Life. I look forward to browsing "Silver's Reviews" and becoming better acquainted. I love reading about....reading. Thanks again, Bonnie

  4. This looks like a great read - thanks for posting. I have a link to your blog on my sidebar and stop by frequently although I don't always comment.

  5. Unfortunately we are Canadian, so we can't enter the giveway but we are now following you back!

    Thanks for stopping in to our blog.

    Lily & Erin
    Bookluvrs Haven

  6. Hello Elizabeth,
    I will be sure to add this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Great post! New follower from My Cozie Corner.

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