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The Trials of Nellie Belle

by Sydney Avey


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There is power in justice and forgiveness
When her parents marry off Kansas-born Nellie Belle to the ranch foreman, she never questions that motherhood will follow. But at the dawn of the progressive era, dissatisfied Nellie seizes an opportunity to move west and start a new life. Yearning to find a sense of self-worth, Nellie leaves behind her husband and son and takes her two daughters to the Northwest. She charges forward to become the first woman court reporter to travel the circuit in the region.
In small-town makeshift courtrooms and growing cities boasting new halls of justice, Nellie's strength touches many lives: independent-minded lawmen, enterprising women, hard-working immigrants, and a number of cads. But when her prodigal youngest returns home with a babe in arms, Nellie must do what she can to pull together the remains of her scattered family.

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Torchflame Books
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Sydney Avey (Author)

Sydney Avey writes about dynamic women in changing times. The Sheep Walker's Daughter will be republished by The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno in October 2017. The Lyre and the Lambs, currently out of print, remains a...

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