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Some girls claim they were born as horses and only later grew up to be western women. Heidi Thomas gives us one of those passionate, persistent young women in Nettie Brady, and she s based this sparkling and enduring character on her own grandmother s story. Cowgirl Dreams is a heart-warming read for all ages and lets us all know why Ms. Thomas is not only a fine editor of other author s books but shines as a skilled and compassionate writer herself. Jane Kirkpatrick, author of A Sweetness to the Soul (Wrangler Award, 1995) and A Tendering in the Storm, winner of a WILLA Literary Award, 2008. --Jane Kirkpatrick, Award Winning author

"Heidi Thomas brings heart, verve and knowledge to her depiction of the intrepid Nettie. A lively look at the ranch women of an almost forgotten West." --Deirdre McNamer, MFA English Professor, University of Montana and author of Red Rover, My Russian, and One Sweet Quarrel

Nettie Brady defies anyone who challenges her right to become a rodeo rider. She ll gladly take the bone-jarring, gut-twisting ride of a wild steer than endure the stark boredom of women s work in the 1920s. Needlepoint isn t her thing horseback riding, working cattle, and, yes, rodeo riding are what her life is all about. But family is important, too, and their disapproval makes for heart-wrenching decisions. Heidi Thomas does a magnificent job of pulling readers into another time, another place. Cowgirl Dreams is an exciting read, full of heart and yearnings. --Mary E. Trimble, author of Rosemount and McClellan s Bluff
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ISBN-10:  1932695834
ISBN-13:  978-1932695830
Author:  Heidi M. Thomas
Publisher:  Treble Heart Books/Sundowners
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review by . August 26, 2009
I used to love borrowing Westerns from the library when I first got my grown-up card. But I've never read a Western like this one. Cowgirl Dreams is based on the life of the author's grandmother, a real-life Montana cowgirl, and tells of a young tomboy, Nettie Brady, growing up in the 1920s with dreams of becoming a rodeo star.      I hadn't realized there really were female rodeo stars in the 1920s. I hadn't imagined how a woman would ride in a skirt, or how …
review by . August 11, 2009
Cowgirl Dreams gives the readers not only a great book about love and independence, but the struggle that women have gone through in America.    Nettie Brady is eager to fulfill her love of being a rodeo star, but has to deal with some people's thoughts of the role of women as well as the seemingly age-old question: Can a woman have a career and a family?    Heidi THomas answers these this question and more in this literary journey that will take you back …
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