By Stephanie Grace Whitson
It is 1876, and 20-year-old Mattie Flynn is decided to make a clean begin after fleeing from her sinister boss within the playing apartment the place she used to be hired as a singer. Mattie travels to Deadwood, South Dakota, looking for her more youthful brother, who went sooner than her in hopes of constructing a fortune within the gold mines. All Mattie wishes is a secure and good existence for the 2 of them, yet that does not appear to be her future as she faces extra heartache and trials. Will the suspicious bottles of gold dirt from her brother's declare be the foremost to her future...or does the good-looking road preacher, who's constantly turning the opposite cheek, actually carry the solutions to her inner most longings?
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Hand-painted signs improvised from old lumber or dirty sheets touted the location of laundries and stores, saloons and hotels, but most businesses were little more than large canvas tents. Frenzied and filthy. Mattie glanced down at the mud-caked hem of her skirt. Even before arriving in Deadwood she’d encountered plenty of filth—just as predicted by the reluctant freighter she’d convinced to let her travel with the supply train. As for frenzy . . two men across the way were screaming at each other over a promised order and a failure to supply.
But there was more than physical strength to admire about Swede. While the other bullwhackers rained down a constant barrage of foul language, Swede never swore. And though it wasn’t unusual to see teams streaming with blood from whip lashes across their shoulders and flanks, Swede’s whip never touched flesh. “I paid too much for dese beasts to misuse dem in such a vay,” Swede said when Mattie asked about it. “Dey are stupid and stubborn, but dey are all I have, and I vill take care of dem. ” Swede rested the great beasts frequently and applied a vilesmelling black ointment to even the slightest knick on leg or back.
Gunshots sounded somewhere off toward the Badlands part of town. ” Mattie relented. “Thank you. I’ll take the offer of a place to sleep. ” Swede glowered at her. “You have very big decisions tomorrow. You vill need your vits about you. ” “You aren’t old enough to be my mother,” Mattie chided. ” Mattie tasted the soup. ” Freddie smiled. ” He nodded. “Antelope. ” “Freddie tracks and traps and shoots straight,” Swede explained. “And he is a good cook. ” “I’m not smart like some people,” Freddie explained.