Vickie McDonough

Whispers on the Prairie

Whispers on the Prairie
Series: The Pioneer Promises Series, Book 1
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication Year: June 2013

Whispers on the Prairie is a heartwarming historical romance with a great cast of realistic characters who will capture your heart from the first page. Charming, inspiring, and delightful--prairie romance at its best!
--Carrie Turansky, Award-winning author, The Governess of Highland Hall

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About the Book

A City Girl Far from Home…
Sarah Marshall just wants to go home. It wasn’t her idea to leave Chicago and head west in search of gold, but her uncle’s ambition left her no choice. Neither was her intention to settle in Kansas City with her ailing aunt, but being penniless and without possessions brings little bargaining power. Pretty soon, she resigns herself to her fate, however unfortunate. It isn’t as if she has a home to go back to.

A Country Boy Seeking to Right a Wrong…
Ethan Harper, the youngest of three brothers, enjoys a peaceful existence helping run his family’s stage shop along the Santa Fe Trail. Only one cloud continues to darken his horizon–guilt over the tragic death of his oldest brother’s wife. The only acceptable penance Ethan can think of is finding another woman to marry his brother and help raise his motherless children.

A Match so Incompatible, It Just Might Work…
When a series of misfortunes strands Sarah Marshall and her aunt at the Harpers’ Stage Stop, the status quo is overthrown as the presence of an attractive young woman, however unversed in the ways of prairie living, wreaks havoc on the lives of the Harper brothers, all three of them vying for her attention. But will any of them prove himself worth giving up the life Sarah always dreamed of?


When you avoid loving the one God desires for you, watch out–just ask Sarah Marshall and Ethan Harper. This story of two people determined to go their own way had this reader engaged faster than jelly slides on peanut butter. With Whispers on the Prairie, McDonough begins this new series on such a strong base that I was left wanting the next book right away.
–Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Author, Mind of Her Own, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee, Hearts on the Road, and We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed: A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families

Vickie McDonough has created a wealth of intriguing characters in this heartwarming tale of brotherly conflict and family loyalties set on the Kansas plains. Combining just the right amount of romance, faith, and honest emotions, Ms. McDonough has penned another winner that you won’t want to put down.
–Margaret Brownley, Best-selling author, Dawn Comes Early, Waiting for Morning,
and Gunpowder Tea

Gifted author Vickie McDonough blends authentic details of stagecoach stops, the hardships of the Santa Fe Trail, and the beauty of the prairie to give readers a heartwarming story of family, friendship, and true love.
–Amanda Cabot, Author, Waiting for Spring

A good plot, good writing, and characters so real, it seems as if you know them–Vickie McDonough delivers all of that and more in Whispers on the Prairie. I especially enjoyed the way she handled the relationship between the three Harper brothers. I’m looking forward to future books in her Pioneer Promises series.
–Dorothy Clark, Award-winning author, the Pinewood Weddings series

Vickie McDonough has another winner! Her knowledge of the Old West and the people who settled it shines in Whispers on the Prairie. With its well-drawn setting and cast of endearing characters, this delightful story will play tug-of-war with your emotions right up to the very last page.
–Carol Cox, Author, Love in Disguise and Trouble in Store

Against a backdrop of the growing pains of the post-Civil War United States, Vickie McDonough weaves a tapestry of words depicting life on the plains and the changes that were quickly becoming the norm. Her characters leapt to life in my mind and my heart, and they stayed with me long after I finished reading this wonderful tale. Just the kind of book I will keep on my bookshelf.
–Lena Nelson Dooley, Award-winning author, Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, Catherine’s Pursuit, and Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

The story of Sarah Marshall and Ethan Harper tugged at my heartstrings, and it will echo in the heart of any reader who has ever yearned to belong and be wanted. Whispers on the Prairie is a title to cherish, and I eagerly await the next book in the Pioneer Promises series.
–Laurie Kingery, Author, Hill Country Cattlemen

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