Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Christian #Historical #Fiction: CALLI, Prairie Roses Collection Book 13 by Donna Schlachter

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Prairie Roses Collection Book 13

Calli works as a nurse with the US Army at Fort Bridger, Wyoming in 1880. When a wagon train full of discouraged emigrants passes through on its way east, a pregnant widow delivers her baby then dies. Bradley Wilson, leading this train, has few options. He asks Calli to travel with them until they find a relative to take the child in St. Joe, Missouri. Calli, drawn to both this dark and quiet man and the child, resists. But when she disappears, he wonders if she’s run away or been kidnapped. Can these two put their pasts behind them and move into a new future together? Or will Calli insist on having things her own way?

Prairie Roses Collection Book 13


Bradley Wilson shielded his eyes from the burning sun and surveyed the trail ahead, thankful to be out of the wagon and stretching his legs. Eastward. He’d traveled this same trail two years before, heading in the opposite direction. What took him back now? Failure? No, more like disappointment. A cloud of dust as big as Kansas, kicked up by the prairie schooners ahead of him, blotted out whatever lay in that direction. Sweat dribbled down the center of his back. He longed to scratch but knew the action wouldn’t satisfy. Instead, he yanked a wrinkled ball of calico from his shirt pocket and swiped at his face. How a body could sweat so much in a land so empty of water was beyond him.


Calliope Jeffers—or Calli, as she preferred—leaned over her patient. “You’re going to be fine.”

The woman, a private’s wife, her hair plastered to her forehead with sweat, panted. “Don’t feel like it. Hurts a lot.”

Calli propped the woman’s legs up so her feet lay flat on the tick mattress. “It will be over soon.”

The door creaked open, and an anxious face appeared in the space. The husband. “Is it done yet?”

Calli shook her head. “No, it’s hardly started. Go outside and wait.” She sat on a stool at the end of the bed and tugged a sheet over her patient’s legs. Even in this, she’d afford her whatever privacy she could. “Now, when you feel the next contraction, breathe through it like I showed you. Quick breaths. Understood?”

“Until the pain gets so bad, and my brain stops working.”

About Author Donna Schlachter:

A hybrid author, Donna writes squeaky clean historical and contemporary suspense. She has been published more than 50 times in books; is a member of several writers groups; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, traveling extensively for both.


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Special Giveaway: Donna will give away a print (U.S. Only) or ebook copy of CALLI to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

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7 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Christian #Historical #Fiction: CALLI, Prairie Roses Collection Book 13 by Donna Schlachter”

  1. The story sounds wonderful. I was especially captivated because I lived in St. Joe, MO for a few years before moving 38 miles west to Northeastern Kansas 2 years ago. I look forward to reading this book. Thank you for sharing with us!

  2. Hi, Donna, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love the cover! Your heroine, wearing glasses, sets a different tone from a lot of historical novels I’ve seen. I’m intrigued by the storyline, too. This promises to be a fun, wholesome read. Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  3. This sounds like a fantastic read. From the sounds of this book it proves to be a real winner and best seller. Would love to read and review this book in print format. Love books like this

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