Why I read this book: A big thank you to Dean for providing us with the book for an honest review. 🙂 I really enjoy cowboys/westerns/ranchers/historicals. This story has elements of all of them. I wanted to read his book because Dean made my morning on a day that turned into a nightmare. Thank you Dean. Add men on horses in jeans? Bonus. Historicals? I’m there. Two men falling in love? Sold. I was glad I did.
When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.
Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?
Publisher: Musa Publishing | Publication Date: July 4, 2013 | Page Count: about 159 pgs
While not exactly a cowboy story, Frank Greerson and Gregory Young are ranchers and farmers looking for their own spread away from their families where no one knows them and likely wouldn’t see anyone for months. It is a tale of these men’s journey to, and about, their settlement on the Kansas Prairie after the Civil War has ended. There is free land available from the Government: All you have to do is claim it. With their service reducing a portion of claim time, all they want is to have their structures straddling their two claims and live their life as they see fit.
Well, as with most plans, they have a tendency to not go as planned. Along the way, Frank and Greg face hardships, meet new people, and have their own fights and insecurities with what life has thrown at them. Throughout it all, you can feel the love they have for each other as they build their life together. The writing is real. The others they meet along the way give insights to how traveling west had so many problems and pitfalls but it was worth it in the end. This is sweet, no sex story but I don’t think it could be told any other way. I loved it so much, I want to see the story continue. I give A Place to Call Home 10 out of 10 Pots of Gold
With inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, L. Dean Pace-Frech started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, he submitted it for publication and Musa Publishing offered him a contract in early 2013. Disappear With Me is his second novel.
Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his partner, Thomas, and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, Dean enjoys reading and patio gardening.
Prior to novels, Dean did some technical writing in his career. He plans to write a sequel to both A Place to Call Their Own and Disappear with Me, but is taking some time away from those characters and worlds to work on a third novel, The Higher Law.