By Stephanie Grace Whitson
It truly is 1876, and 20-year-old Mattie Flynn is set to make a clean begin after fleeing from her sinister boss within the playing condominium the place she used to be hired as a singer. Mattie travels to Deadwood, South Dakota, looking for her more youthful brother, who went sooner than her in hopes of creating a fortune within the gold mines. All Mattie desires is a secure and good lifestyles for the 2 of them, yet that does not appear to be her future as she faces extra heartache and trials. Will the suspicious bottles of gold dirt from her brother's declare be the main to her future...or does the good-looking highway preacher, who's continuously turning the opposite cheek, actually carry the solutions to her inner most longings?
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English. “Although Mr. ” She smiled at the young Mr. McKay. ” Now that she’d met someone who’d known Dillon, she felt inclined to delay the moment when she’d actually step onto his claim . . face his empty tent . . see his unused tools . . the cot where he slept . . the little stove that kept him warm. It was all just a few hundred feet above her now, but she didn’t want to look. Not yet. “ ’Tis only another way to wash the gold out of the gravel,” the brother named Finn said as they walked over to it.
Ve haul freight. Tons and tons of freight. ” Mattie refused to be discouraged. “I don’t expect to be hauled. ” Digging into her bag she held out a roll of bills. ” Swede pushed the money away. “And vat about if dere is trouble from de Indians? ” Mattie would rather face Indians than Jonas Flynn. Men like Jonas didn’t just let girls like her go. He’d be searching trains and stagecoaches, and she’d avoided both so far, stowing away in a farm wagon headed north out of Abilene at first and finally making her way to Sidney, Nebraska, where dozens of freighters left daily headed north to supply the mining boomtowns in Dakota.
You vill need de rest for keeping body and soul until you find your brother. I von’t vait for you. ” That had been over a month and almost three hundred miles ago. Mattie walked without complaint, learning as she traveled that Swede’s blustering was just that—bluster. The sheer physical strength required to keep oxen moving along the trail was the first thing Mattie learned to admire about Swede. The tool of every freighter’s trade was called a bullwhip, and Swede’s sported a two-foot-long hickory handle and a fifteen-foot lash of braided rawhide.
A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson