Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Rated 4.83/5 based on 12 reviews
Newly revised Book One of the Travers Brothers.. A sweet romance series. Emma Smith hadn't been straight with her new boss, but he hadn't given her much of a chance to explain. Trapped in her own lies and uncertainties Emma was running in fear of losing her baby.
Deke Travers, oldest son on the 4 Bar None Ranch, needed one thing, his brothers to settle down and get with the business of ranching. More

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About Rita Hestand

Hi folks!

Thanks to my good friend and great cover artist, Sheri McGathy I am able to get some children's books out now. I guess you are wondering wny. Well, children's books don't sell on line as well as other books so getting covers for them is hard at a reasonable price. I hope you'll enjoy them and read them to your children. Reading to your children is an old-fashioned thing, mothers and fathers have been doing it for years. When a parent takes the time to do this, they'll find their children garner more respect and a closer bond with their parent. My Issues series is meant for just that. It has a little of everything, comedy, serious to the joys of life. I'll be offering these in audio too so you can put these on while you drive your children to school. Even though life is much busier now, there are so many ways to do things. Audio is really a gift from God, as it makes good use of your time.

Okay, since a good many of you have taken advantage of the freebies, I will leave the Christmas books up for sale but the other go back to the same price except for Bad Day for a Killing. That one will remain on sale. Also since Courting Abby is a Christmas time book, I'm offering it for free right now. I would appreciate some reviews, they don't have to be long or detailed but when an author gives you free books, it is like a Christmas present to give them at least a review of the book. Just a few words. I'd appreciate it. We work hard to bring you books you want to read.

I told you I was going to take a breather from writing, and I am but I am also working on editing, getting my books more in order over at Amazon and getting some I've written out. Teach Me Your Love is now released. Actually, it's more work than I imagined, but next year will be better because of it. My next book in the Dream Catcher Series is Finding Her, about a woman who was captured as a child by the Indians and raised by them. She takes an Indian brave for her husband and he's killed by the whites. So now she helps leads her people in battle against the whiles. She's called the White Silver Fox, and Aiden McCall is supposed to find her and bring her in to be hung as an example. But can he do it when everything within him says it's wrong.

As for a bio, suffice it to say, I'm a Texan tried and true. I have grown children and grandchildren and already some great-grandchildren.I've done multi jobs in my lifetime giving me a variety of experiences to write and talk about. I've done many different kinds of work from Texas Instruments, to City of Garland, to working for the Wylie Independent School District. I've worked for a hat factory, filing insurance claims, secretarial work, to waitress. My writing reflects my varied background. Another note I've had a in home day care for twenty years too. So when I write about something I have a general knowledge of it too, which is a real bonus for me. Just like my public work, my writing varies too from contemporary to historical, I write romance, thrillers, childrens. A lot of people might say gee, that's a lot of different jobs, and it is, but, I've learned from them all, and I use that experience in my writing.

I want to thank all the readers over a length of time that have tried some of my books. I hope I've enlightened and entertained you. I hope I've shared some love in this world. Sharing love can't be bad, it's God given.

My sincere wish is that all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas and we all look forward to having a good next year. I thank all of you for being with me all this time and I am working on books, but not too hard during the holidays. Unless I get wound up, which I sometimes do.

Merry Christmas to you all.

God bless.

Other places to see my books

About the Series: The Travers Brothers
Four brothers of the Travers Brothers family.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Courting Abby

Hannah's Man

Along Came Love

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Review by: Aria on Nov. 6, 2013 :
Good read
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Review by: Casey Weaver on July 9, 2013 :
I loved this book! It is very well written and attention capturing. I could not put it down.
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Review by: Crystal Dawn on March 30, 2013 :
Enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and held my attention all the way through.
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Review by: Katie Burgess on Feb. 11, 2013 :
Really enjoyed reading this book
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Review by: Venisha Robb on Sep. 9, 2012 :
Great book an enjoyable read!
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Review by: Stephanie Payne Hurt on July 16, 2012 : (no rating)
This was a very touching book. It was nice to read a clean romance that kept you riveted. This was my first time reading this authors work, but it got me hooked. Just finished the Travers series. Awesome read.
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Review by: Narlen & Eveline Evans on July 16, 2012 :
Very enjoyable book.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on Feb. 28, 2012 :
A well constructed,written novel. The juxtaposition was inline. An enjoy to read. Well done.
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Review by: Jean MacIntyre on Jan. 22, 2012 :
This is a really great romance story! I also got a hand cramp from my iPod - but it was sooooo worth it!!!
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Review by: judy kay on Nov. 27, 2011 : (no rating)
Great book. Thank you for making this book avalable for us to read. Loved it.
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Review by: Polly Bennett on Oct. 17, 2011 :
Wonderfully written! Great story. Great characters! What more do you need! I'm buying the rest of the series right now!
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Review by: T.M. Johnson on Sep. 14, 2011 :
I loved loved loved this--could not put it down! Even after the awlful hand cramp my IPod gave me!! Thanks for just an awesome book!!
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Review by: Laura on March 29, 2011 :
Wonderful read - loved it!  How Emma was written was wonderfully done.  You could feel every emotion and despair that Emma was feeling and going through. And Deke is a good old fashion cowboy with a soft spot for Emma and Sammie Jo.  He has strong family values and a heart of gold.

Beautifully written!
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Review by: Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery on Feb. 20, 2010 :
She never imagined a big, busy cowboy like Deke Travers sitting in a rocking chair holding a baby, reading a story, and sounding as though he enjoyed every moment of it.
"What? You don't think I had a Mama?" He slanted the baby a weird expression. "Well I did. And she was almost as pretty as yours."
Emma's heart lurched again. What a strange and wonderful combination this man was. The kind of combination a woman could get her heart tangled up with. But, of course not hers. No, she wasn't here for a man. She wasn't looking for a husband.

This is my favorite snippet from Author Rita Hestand’s romantic western, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, from her Travers Brothers Series. To me this little excerpt tells the story of this read. A tough cowboy like Deke Travers, with a marshmallow center, and a woman named Emma who does everything she can not to fall in love with him are definitely my kind of read.

Ms. Hestand did an excellent job with making us feel Emma’s despair and desperation when she “bumped” into Deke and the emotions she felt throughout the story. Sammie Jo is a fun, heart-wrenching addition to the cast. Even the Travers Brothers' father became real to me and is an important part of the story. But Deke, the cowboy who melts over the child, Sammie Jo, captured my heart. A true Texas cowboy.

Once again Ms. Hestand’s knowledge of Texas, ranching, and her understanding of family life and responsibilities comes shining through. Be sure to read this great Travers Brothers Series. (It doesn’t matter the order you read them as they are stand alone novels with interlinking characters and locations.)

I gave this novel five stars for plot, characterizations, and just a darn good read. I am a big fan of Rita's style.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)
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