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Crystal's Pick: Where Coyotes Howl by Sandra Dallas

In 1916 Wallace, Wyoming, schoolteacher Ellen Webster finds purpose in her work as a rancher's wife and in her bonds with other women settled on the prairie as they look out for each other, share their secrets and help one another in times of need.

The year is 1916. The location is the wild, wide-open, and rugged prairies of Wyoming. The winters are brutally cold and the summers are scorching hot. The cowboys are just as rough and tough as the land and climate. The women of the prairie are the toughest of all because they are survivors. They survive nature’s elements, hardships, child birth, and the men. Sandra Dallas tells a western frontier story of hardships and romance through the eyes of women in her latest book, Where Coyotes Howl.

Ellen Webster moves to Wyoming after answering an advertisement for a teaching position. Shortly after arriving, Ellen meets a cowboy named Charlie Bacon. Charlie is an honest and good man. They become good friends and are soon married. Charlie and Ellen have an amazing love for each other that withstands any and all adversities they face.

Charlie and Ellen are the main characters, but there are several other key characters that play important roles in this book. Where Coyotes Howl was fantastic! Sandra Dallas introduces you to the characters in such a way that emotionally bonds you to them. I felt as though they became part of my family and I became part of theirs. I rejoiced with them, cried with them, and wanted to seek revenge for them. This is a must read for those who enjoy historical fiction set on the western frontier, characters overcoming adversity, and romance. Thank you, Ms. Dallas, for another amazing story!

- Crystal, Technical Services Librarian


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