Book: Dear Penelope by Sharon Ihlecategories: Book, Western, Funny, Humor, Love, Laughter, Suffrage, Historical Romance
Sharon Ihleabout this book: From the time I first selected Wyoming as the locale for one of my books (The Bride Wore Spurs) I knew I would revisit the area again and again. One of the most outstanding reasons is obvious--Wyoming Territory and even today's Wyoming are considered to be part of a collection known as 'the wild west.' My reasons for loving Wyoming run deeper. This was where the real women's rights movement began with the right to vote in 1869. Women's suffrage has come a long way since that ground-breaking event, and I touch on that theme almost thirty years later in the pages of Dear Penelope.
Readers may wonder at first about the title of this book since the heroine's name is Lucy Preston. She travels to Wyoming under the impression that her fiancé will be waiting for her arrival. The letter he wrote explaining that he'd fallen in love with another and that she should stay in Kansas was lost during a train robbery, which leaves Lucy stuck in Wyoming with no one to help her. That's when she meets handsome Sebastian Cole, proprietor of the Pearly Gates Saloon. Since Lucy needs funds for a train ticket home and Seb is short on help, he hires Lucy as a bar maid. She turns out to be at best, a little awkward, at worst, downright clumsy in her attempts to wait tables, but Seb soon develops a soft spot for the young woman who is gradually stealing his heart.
It is during this period that Lucy becomes friends with the woman who runs the small local newspaper. In order to keep the paper running, it isn't long before the two conspire to introduce a 'Dear Penelope' column in which the locals can drop their queries in a suggestion box outside the newspaper office. Since the column demands anonymity, they settle on the name Penelope with no one the wiser that the true author of the column is Lucy. The column becomes wildly popular, and the toast of the town, the mysterious Penelope, keeps everyone guessing.
Since her family back home in Kansas now knows that Lucy has been jilted, and wonder why she hasn't returned home yet, her father and brother turn up in the town aptly named, Emancipation, and as they say, all hell breaks loose. I had so much fun writing this book I can truly say that it felt more like a vacation than work.
• "Sharon Ihle's writing is brilliant, funny, and mesmerizing!"
• "Wonderfully hilarious ... highly entertaining!"
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