Saturday, July 8, 2017

Go West

My Review of Go West 

Ellie comes to a ranch in Colorado to work and meets Aldon. Ellie was asked some things to do that she was not comfortable doing but she went out of her comfort zone, one thing she was asked to was teach Sunday School for the young ones. I really got attached to the characters and I could imagine the characters and the ranch so clear in my mind. I love the little pictures before each chapter, very unique. I am really hoping for it to be a series, just a hint to the author. I loved when Molly made rhubarb pie the first morning after Ellie arrived, that is something that you don't hear a lot about in books. Even though there was a lot of employer/employees relationships they all seem like family. The only thing I didn't like about was having to leave the characters behind. I don't want to give away any more of the story line but I definitely recommend this book.

About the Book

After duty as an ambulance driver in World War I, Ellie Morgan returns to Chicago to take up her share of the work in her grandparents’ department store. Ellie doesn’t want to alienate her family or disappoint them, but despite a six year effort to settle in, she feels increasingly trapped in store routine. Meanwhile, her grandmother urges her to marry a local politician and help him succeed in his chosen field. Ellie’s grandfather, however, wants to see her happy and independent. “Go West, young woman, go west,” he advises paraphrasing a popular quotation of the day. So with Granddad’s help, Ellie secures a job on a ranch in Colorado and sets out to prove that she has the necessary character to succeed at a third vocation.

When Aldon Leitzinger meets Ellie’s train in Clifton Colorado, he introduces himself as the foreman of the ranch. But the more people Ellie meets in the community, the more apparent it becomes that she is in demand to fill a number of roles for which she is not prepared. Desperate to prove herself, she settles in to please everyone, a task that puts her at risk of failure in every attempt at finding a new and happier life.

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About the Author

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”


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1. At the Train Station

She looked up into the eyes of a tall man with silver-blond hair. He held her carpetbag in one hand and a deep brown Boss of the Prairie Stetson in the other. She didn’t know yet who he was, but she knew from working in her grandparent’s department store back home, that he had good taste in hats. His frayed khaki shirt, however, looked as if it were part of a uniform from the Great War.

2. At Church

 How do you do? Ellie said the words she’d been taught to say when she met someone. The ladies nodded without smiling, and suddenly Ellie knew she was being judged. Oh, Lord, she thought, they’ll be gossiping about me the minute I leave the church.

3. The Cattle Push

Three days later, before sunrise, Aldon arranged himself on the seat of the chuck wagon with Ellie beside him. He was glad to have the use of Dieter’s mules, as he slapped the reins lightly along their backs. Mules were good value. Maybe they weren’t as pretty as horses, but they were stronger. They also had better horse sense and enough self-respect not to allow folks to ride them to death.

4. Trip to Denver

Aldon took Enrico from the policeman and Ellie put her hand under the young man’s elbow to help support him. Lia followed them to the Packard Six, and Aldon stuffed Enrico into the back seat. He shoved him over and got in.
“You’ll have to drive,” Aldon told Ellie. “I’m still woozy from that punch. We leave the for the valley at six o’clock in the morning.”

5. The Sheriff’s Wife

Ellie heard the upstairs window slide open. Cathy barely had to raise her voice to be heard. “Take the stick and fish the diapers out of that big galvanized tub where they’re soaking and throw them in the pot hanging from the tripod. I already put in the soap flakes. Stir them around then take them back out so you can rise them in that other tub. That’s cold water, so you can wring them out before you hang them on the line.
By the time Ellie finished the difficult chore she almost wished she hadn’t offered to help. She sat down on a rock and rested her back against the rough bark of a tree. When she woke she was being gently 

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Ellie, a former WWI ambulance driver is ready for something new, so she goes west. Can she live up to all the roles she's expected to fill or will she crumble and fail? DiVoran Lites has a new book out and she also has a great giveaway of art cards and eBooks! Find out more here:


Ellie, a former WWI ambulance driver, is ready for something new, so she goes west. Can she live up to all the roles she's expected to fill or will she crumble and fail? DiVoran Lites has a new book out and she also has a great giveaway of art cards and eBooks! Find out more here:


DiVoran Lites has a giveaway to celebrate her new release!


Ellie is ready for something new. Can she live up to all the roles she's given or will she crumble?



  1. Thanks for posting your review! I loved it. :)

  2. I like the details you pulled out in your review. You're right all the characters do feel like family despite the employer/employee relationships. Thanks for being a part of DiVoran's tour.

  3. I enjoyed reading the review. You are right, the characters all felt like family.


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