Saturday, October 13, 2012

Lady in the Making by Susan Page Davis

Millie Evans has changed, choosing to leave rather than join an outlaw gang with her brother. Hoping for a new future, she boards a stagecoach and finds that one of the passengers is David Stone--a man she and her brother once tried to swindle. As she tries to convince David she's different now, her brother's gang holds up the stagecoach. Fighting beside David goes a long way toward softening his heart, but he's still not convinced. Someone is trying to keep him from reaching England to claim his inheritance. Is Millie involved? Millie must trust God to show David the truth, but will he see before it's too late?


1857 The Dalles, Oregon
Chapter One

   “You lied to me, Sam.” Millie Evans peeked out the window from behind the half-yard of muslin that served as a curtain. Outside the shanty they rented behind the feed store, a tall man with thick, dark hair and a week’s growth of beard stood smoking a cigarette.     Millie turned back toward Sam and glared at him. “You said you were looking for a job, but you went and found that despicable man and brought him back here.”
   “I was looking for a job,” Sam sputtered. “But I couldn’t find one, and then Lucky turned up.”
   “Oh, sure he did. Like a bad penny. I suppose you just happened to be in the saloon when he dropped out of the sky.”
   Sam cringed, and she shook her head in disgust. “I came to The Dalles because you told me we could make an honest living together. Big laugh that turned out to be. And now you’ve brought him here. I told you before, I will not go live with a pack of outlaws.”
   She stalked to the wall and pulled her apron, extra dress, and shawl down from where they hung on nails and threw them on her bed. She stooped and felt underneath the end of the bedframe for the handle of her worn valise. Listening to her half-brother was the biggest mistake she’d ever made.
   “Aw, come on, Millie. I just want to make things better.”
   “Better?” She pulled out the traveling bag and plunked it on the bed. “How is going into crime better?”
   “You can have better things. You know. Clothes and—and jewelry, maybe. Lip rouge, stuff like that. It’d be better than scraping by like we are now.”
   “Is that what you thought when you went with Lucky last year?”
   “Well, no.”
   “Exactly. But then two months ago, you wrote to me and said you were leaving the gang and you were ready to settle down in a nice little house somewhere with me.”
   Sam hung his head, and his face colored. “I’m sorry, Millie.” Neither of them had to speak of the money he’d earmarked to buy that little house. He’d lost it all gambling by the time Millie had traveled up here from Elkton. A woman who’d lived thirty years and more ought to know better than to trust a gambling man, even if he was kin.

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 40 novels. A native of Maine, she now lives in western Kentucky. She's teh mother of six and grandmother of eight. her books have won many awards, including the Will Rogers Medallion, the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award, and the American Christian Fiction Writers' Carol Award.

Learn more about Susan and her books by visiting her website.

Susan Page Davis is giving away a copy of LADY IN THE MAKING. The giveaway is available only to U.S. addresses.
To be entered int he book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story

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Anonymous said...

Hi -- Read the exerpt from your book and it sounds so good. I have read so many of your books and everyone is fantastic. I sure would like to win this latest book of yours. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thank you. Pat Hines

Judy said...

The cover of this book caught my eye first. I love it. Then I read the excerpt and I wanted to read more. I have to find out if Millie convinces David that she has changed.

I would love to win a copy of this book!


Joy Hannabass said...

I love Susan's books and would love to win a copy of this one.
ibjoy1953 at yahoo dot com

Teresa Mathews said...

WOW! What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!


Amy Campbell said...

I am SO interested in this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

Lane Hill House said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!
You've got my attention!!!
Please add me to the drawing for Lady in the Making! I want to find out what happens next!
Kathleen ~ Missouri

Lane Hill House said...

Oh, and Carol Ann, I wanted to tell you how I would love to stop by and "browse your bookshelves" ~ but your real ones!!

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Love, Love, Love her books! And this one promises to be just as good as the others! Hope I win. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this chance to win a book by Susan. I've always loved westerns and this one sounds good. Please enter my name in the contest.
Maxie ( )

ann said...

sounds like a great story I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the chance to win

Merry said...

Susan is a favorite author and I would love to read Millie's story.
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apple blossom said...

love Susan's books thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Pam K. said...

I'd love to win a copy of Lady in the Making. I have the first two books in the series and have been waiting for the third before I read them. My daughter read the first two and enjoyed them very much, so we are both looking forward to the third book. Thanks for giving away a copy.

Anonymous said...

We have Susan's books in my Church Library. I know several ladies who would jump at the chance to check this book out, me included.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.
Janet Estridge

Wendy Newcomb said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway, I've had this book on my wish list for some time now.


Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks so much, everybody! We've had weird weather here this weekend, and therefore my Internet access has been spotty. It's great to finally get on here and see so many encouraging responses. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Connie R. said...

Thanks for the chance to win a book. Love to meet new authors this way!


Teela said...

Thanks for offering this giveaway. Lady in Waiting looks to be a super read. Please enter me in the giveaway!

tickmenot said...

I really want to know what happens in the rest of the story.

Please enter me in the contest

Amy said...

Please enter me for this book. What a twist on a story, would be interested in seeing how it plays out.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Jo said...

This book sounds great and I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway!


Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Jes said...

Like the book cover! The story sounds good!

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