Sam Loves the Ranch

Sam Loves Series

Romance - Historical
283 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2018
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Author Biography

Lou and her husband, Ron lived in a motor home and traveled over the US, Mexico, and Canada. They sold tours for RVers, however became Wagon Masters to lead caravans into Mexico. Then they lived in Tucson in an RV Resort where they became active in the various clubs to live a never dull life. Their lives took on another chapter, living in Houston, TX, to be around their family of three daughters, some of their grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Lou has a way of life that is fascinating and always on the go. Lou Ewing Kamradt was born in Benton, IL. She graduated from BTHS, Eureka Collage with a BA in education and other university's for writing courses. She traveled through the western United States, following in the wagon wheel trails, exploring ghost towns of years past, where her desire to write about the woman of that time, their romances, and courage seeking a better life. She has written several short stories and novels," Sam Loves" is her latest series written in the late 1800's .
" Sam Finds Love" is book one. Lou writes about Sam 's decision to leave St. Louis to travel west to Plainville, Wyoming, where she hopes to start a new life. Book two, "Sam Loves the Ranch" is Sam's life dealing with Indians, 150 people on a wagon train, and proved once again of her capabilities.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite

Sam Loves the Ranch by Lou Kamradt is Volume 2 in the 'Sam Loves' trilogy. Set on the Sweetwater ranch in a small town called Plainville, the novel continues the story of Sam Olgeve Grains. Sam moved from Missouri to marry Ted Grains, owner of the largest ranch in Wyoming. She has now settled into her new life and the couple wish to expand their business. They decide to open a Dude Ranch for city folk. However, they require more help and this arrives in the form of a 150-strong wagon train which camps outside the town. Amongst the new arrivals are sick children, pregnant women and an injured man. Sam takes many of them in and gives them a home. In return, they help to run the ranch and the prospective new venture.

The novel opens with an exciting sequence where Sam Grains, the heroine of the story, is thrown into a dangerous situation when a stagecoach veers out of control. Sam leads us through the book, introducing us to various characters, many of whom work on the ranch. The families, who are warm and inviting, experience joy as well as heartache in their struggle to get by. I always enjoy reading about the lives of people during this time period and was interested to see how the women managed, especially during childbirth. This is an honest book with a moral compass. There is a respectfulness to the writing which is often lacking in stories today. Readers will find this a refreshingly clean read with no profanity or explicit violence.

Karen Russell

A charming step back to the 1800’s. Kamradt brings the past to life truly conveying the struggles of the time and how love and strong relationships endure difficulties. She pulls you in focusing on heroic characters. Sam, a strong willed, independent woman, is not the norm of the time. She is feisty, but has a strong sense of family, community and helping others fulfill their dreams. Laced throughout the book, her love for Ted builds and together they build a relationship that endures, death, birth, and other obstacles that a big ranch brings to everyday living. A delightful romance that you won’t be able to set down.