New Book by R. Hess is About Family Cattle Ranching in the West and a New Beginning for One Young Woman

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‘Second Chance a Western Adventure’- Saddle up and ride! The Preston family and bunkhouse crew bring cattle ranching to life while helping their new cook, Rachael Carver, forget her tragic past that she left behind in Brockport, New York, giving her a Second Chance at life.

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she unconsciously turns to one brother for security, beginning his commitment to her

“Second Chance a Western Adventure” by R. Hess follows a remarkable tale about western life and new beginnings. In the spring of 1896, Rachael, just shy of her twentieth birthday, boards a train destined to a remote cattle ranch in Oregon for a prearranged employment position - an arrangement made by a guilt-ridden wife who could no longer tolerate her husband’s forceful adulterous actions upon their young housemaid. Seizing the opportunity of his wife’s intervention, he demands that Rachael take his two young illegitimate children with her on her journey west, if she wants her father to remain alive.

Traveling west from Brockport, New York, Rachael undertakes her first assignment from her new boss, the ranch owner. She is required to transact business in a man’s world by overseeing the loading of supplies and freight along the train route. Her third business stop, Rock Springs, Wyoming, brings her face to face with four members of her new employer, three brothers and the ranch foreman. Overwhelmed, she unconsciously turns to one brother for security, beginning his commitment to her.

During the next decade of hard work, Rachael struggles to bury her past. Her new family, the Prestons and their bunkhouse crew, give her an optimistic appreciation of life as she learns there are no social boundaries in the West. By including her in all the daily trials and tribulations of ranch life, cattle roundups, hunting, procuring and preserving their food supply, expanding families, and celebrating holidays, Rachael learns to live and trust again. She receives her second chance.

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About the Author

Fifth generation in the Pacific Northwest, Rebecca was raised on a farm in Matlock, WA with three siblings. Her ancestors migrated to the area filing for a homestead in 1889. Although leaving home to explore life, her roots of rural living remain. With husband Ron, they made their home on ten acres outside his hometown of Reno, NV. After raising a daughter, and the passing of parents, Rebecca followed her passion to write a historic novel about rural life, self-sufficiency, and family commitments. An outdoor enthusiast, Rebecca and her husband enjoy prospecting, camping, and the simpler things in life.

Second Chance a Western Adventure* by R. Hess
Publication Date: February 12, 2014
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 746 pages; 9781493152131
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 746 pages; 9781493152148
e-book; $3.99; 9781493152155

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