The All-Girl, No-Man Little Darlin's
An unwanted girl learns how in 1915 her grandmother Maisy ran away from her scheming mother to the wild west. Maisy traveled through rough mountain passes and even rougher towns, gathering other lost girls desperate for freedom. But taking on a man's world came with a price. It is only after grandmother Maisy has shared her story with young Anabel that these two broken souls learn to mend. More
Young Anabel, unwanted by her parents, finds an unusual ally in her long-forgotten grandmother, newly released from the loony bin. But Anabel discovers that her grandma Maisy isn’t crazy, she’s survived a dangerous past she has never shared. Until now.
In 1915, America is an innocent nation, enthralled by its own westward expansion and captivated by the Wild West pageantry of Buffalo Bill. Nowhere is this adventurous spirit more embodied than in the heart of young Maisy, a daughter of the prairie’s teeming grain belt.
When her scheming mother forces a loveless engagement, teenager Maisy bolts with the clothes on her back and a disgruntled horse.
She rides west through rough towns and dangerous mountain passes. Her quiet but fiery spirit attracts other runaway girls, all lost souls hungry for a better life.
She hits it off with Lill, a bartender obsessed with the rodeo, and big Rosey, who can wrestle a bull and is just as stubborn. They recruit an escaped mail-order bride, a nervous blonde beauty, and the town’s laundry maid with her cow. Together, they form their own travelling rodeo show, The All-Girl, No-Man, Little Darlin’s. But Cilla, their loud-mouthed “trick rider” who doesn’t know any tricks, is a constant thorn in Maisy’s side.
Their passion drives them on and teases them with fame, fortune, and the freedom they so desperately seek. But of all the dangers they face, the most relentless is their past. When it catches up with them, in the form of a vengeful father, nothing will ever be the same. Caught in an explosion of incest, rape, and murder, there’s a trial – but the wrong person gets condemned to hang. It falls on young Maisy’s shoulders to do the unthinkable. But the price is steep, and costs Maisy her soul.
For years, she carries her pain and guilt in silence, accepting society’s labels about her, until she sees herself reflected in her spirited granddaughter. Maisy recognizes something in young Anabel that she trusts, and when she shares her story with the girl, Anabel not only understands, but is proud of her birth-right as a daughter of the wild west. Old Maisy, finally able to unburden her secret, finds herself free of her past. Together, bonded by love, the wise old woman and the eager young girl learn to treasure that most difficult thing to believe in – themselves.
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