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When a cowgirl becomes a cow boss…

We all love reading about a fantastic hero. Sometimes, he even steals the show in romantic fiction. If you read westerns, the male lead is expected to be dashing, heroic, strong, capable, a good horseman, and he’s always good to his lady. But what about the heroine?

While the number of women who came west in the early-to-mid 1800’s was sparse (some figures claim it was as little as 10 to 1) by the late 1800’s, women were coming west for jobs and adventure. Just like their male counterparts. Women of the west were doing things that their sisters back east would swoon over.

In Along a Tangled Path, book 6 in my 7 book series, Brothers of Belle Fourche, Wilhelmina “Will” Galliger pretends to be a mute boy so, she can rope and ride her way to her own land. Her goal is her own ranch. My research tells me, though she is fictional, she was not alone. My character is very loosely based on Lucile Mulhall, from Charles Wellington’s Let ‘Er Buck: A Story of the Passing of the Old West. She is listed as the only woman to down a steer within the time limit at the Pendleton Round Up, among other things.

Women were allowed to have these roles, but they were rare. In the case of my heroine, she dresses as a man to avoid conflict. Of course, it adds a whole heaping helping when it’s discovered exactly who she is. Some women in the west hid who they were, such as Charely Parkhurst. Others, Like Lucile, did not.

 

One of the biggest freedoms women of the west enjoyed, was the ability to not only own land, but to retain it if their husband died or divorced them. This was not the case in other areas of the country. In Along a Tangled Path, Will was treated as chattel by her father as she was growing up and she associates happiness with ownership. She doesn’t want a husband, she wants land. Where she came from, land could be taken if a husband decided to divorce her. So, part of her motivation to act like a man is not only for respect, but because it suits her goal.

I love a strong heroine, but does that make the hero weak? I don’t think so. Charles was so much fun to write as Will’s foil. He’s trying to protect her secret and his heart all at once. He respects her, but it’s important he act as a traditional cowboy hero should and he must protect her above her secret.

For more information on cowgirls of the west, you can click HERE
And to find out more about Lucile you can click HERE  or HERE

Giveaway!! An autographed copy of Along a Tangled Path will be given away to one commenter. Let’s discuss: Do you love a strong female heroine or a more traditional Victorian heroine?

 

 

Kari Trumbo is a bestselling author of Christian and sweet romance. 

She writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with historical detail and heart.
She’s a stay-at-home mom to four vibrant children. When she isn’t writing, or editing, she home schools her children and pretends to keep up with them. 

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

 

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Updated: April 8, 2019 — 7:33 pm

24 Comments

  1. I love a strong heroine–she can be an equal partner with the hero.

  2. Sweet, little, retiring maidens are often rather boring. Not enough conflict for my tastes. I like a heroine who know who she is, who she wants to be, and isn’t afraid to go after it. The old West did women more of an opportunity to do that than any there part of the country. She doesn’t have to relinquish her womanhood, but better be prepared to defend her right to it and her version of herself. The perfect man for a woman like this needs to be strong, sure of himself, willing to give her her freedom, and have a sense of humor.
    Thank you for the information on these strong women. Best wishes for the success of ALONG A TANGLED PATH.

  3. A strong woman needs a strong man to partner with. A pair like this has the potential for great success.

  4. Happy Easter. Oh I love a strong heroine. Especially when she is up against an equally strong hero that respects her as a strong Lady. I think Ladies who are strong indecent and stand their ground makes a book even better.

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      Oh my, I’m in awe of you! How on earth do you take care of 4 children, much less home school them and find the time to write?!?!

      I love a strong heroine! You stumped me when you said, “the heros sometimes takes over the show.” In my mind, the hero always takes over the show! Lol

      This series sounds awesome! Being a Texan, I love strong willed females! I’d love the opportunity to read your book. Ive yet to read one of your books but I’m a virtual newbie to the reading world. I just started reading again in November 2016 after decades of not reading. I’m on my 229th book. A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list.

      Happy Easter!

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        Oops that wasn’t supposed to show up as a reply to your comment it was supposed to just be a comment to the blog.

      2. Happy Easter to you, too! As to your question of when I write. I use a strict schedule and the judicious use of earplugs.
        I hope you get the chance to read Along a Tangled Path, I really love this series. Good luck!

    2. Happy Easter to you, too

  5. Happy Easter. I love a strong heroine. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants and can speak her mind. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the post.

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    Oh my, I’m in awe of you! How on earth do you take care of 4 children, much less home school them and find the time to write?!?!

    I love a strong heroine! You stumped me when you said, “the heros sometimes takes over the show.” In my mind, the hero always takes over the show! Lol

    This series sounds awesome! Being a Texan, I love strong willed females! I’d love the opportunity to read your book. Ive yet to read one of your books but I’m a virtual newbie to the reading world. I just started reading again in November 2016 after decades of not reading. I’m on my 229th book. A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list.

    Happy Easter!

  7. I enjoy reading about a strong heroine.

  8. I really like to have a strong heroine in the book I read. Thank you for sharing your interesting post.

  9. Such strong women! I enjoy the Victorian women because they had to use their wiles to get what they wanted, but the really fascinating women and the ones I admire are those that jumped into the “man’s world” and proved they were just as capable, if not more so.

  10. I like strong female characters. I want them to be able to stand up for themselves, have opinions, be somewhat independent. But I do not want them to be arrogant or lord it over others, to be so in your face that they are pushy, or to be demanding. Strong, independent women can also be caring, venerable, helpful, and influence others in a non- combative way.

  11. I lean towards strong heroines, but it also depends on my mood. Sometimes I just want that damsel in distress story!! Loved this post!

  12. A strong woman needs a strong hero. In the West women had to be strong to survive, especially if they were on a farm or ranch. They often had to work beside their fathers, brothers, and husbands and many times were the ones with enough education to be the bookkeepers and business managers behind the scene.

  13. I like determined women, women are strong and they just about can do anything a guy can do, it is also nice when a guy rescues a woman, or vice versa.

  14. I prefer a heroine who is spunky and strong.

    Have a blessed Resurrection Weekend!

  15. I actually like both!

  16. I prefer a strong heroine in my stories we also need a strong women in this day in time.

  17. A strong heroine who is confident and can accomplish her goals.

  18. When I think of a strong heroine I think about my grandmother’s who were widowed very young, had to work hard and bring up their children on their own and survive.

  19. Strong women were dominant when I grew up since they had to be in order to face life. They took everything in their stride and were able to succeed no matter the obstacles. Life was hard and they faced the trials and tribulations with courage and never complained nor gave in.

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