By Suzanne Norquist
Imagine a striking, blond-haired, blue-eyed woman running a major business enterprise. She dresses at the height of fashion and commands all aspects of her organization. The newspapers love her and call her a queen, even describing her pearly teeth and full, red lips. She’s well educated and plays her own grand piano.
Now imagine that woman in the late 1800s. Horses are her business. Katherine (Kitty) Wilkins was known as the Horse Queen of Idaho or the Queen of Diamonds. Her ranch used a diamond brand. She wore tailor-made Parisian clothing and rode side-saddle when away from the ranch.
She was a gifted rider, and her brothers taught her the necessary skills of shooting pistols and rifles. Education and life experience provided her with the best of both worlds.
Regardless of her beginning, she became the undisputed queen of the business. On the Diamond Range, all the hands, no matter how rough their edges, respected her. Anyone who didn’t was removed.
She bought stallions from around the world to develop her stock. No native Oregon or Spanish horses for her. Her vast herd required forty men for fall roundup.
Kitty wasn’t particularly interested in women’s rights, but people held her up as an example of what women could do. She also didn’t care for bicycles, not because they were unladylike, but because they competed against horses.
Her ability to command respect is what I most admire. People let her do the work she loved. And she used the varied aspects of her life experience and education to create an empire. What a fine example for women today.
”Mending Sarah’s Heart” in the Thimbles and Threads Collection
Four historical romances celebrating the arts of sewing and quilting.
Mending Sarah’s Heart by Suzanne Norquist
Rockledge, Colorado, 1884
Sarah seeks a quiet life as a seamstress. She doesn’t need anyone, especially her dead husband’s partner. If only the Emporium of Fashion would stop stealing her customers, and the local hoodlums would leave her sons alone. When she rejects her husband’s share of the mine, his partner Jack seeks to serve her through other means. But will his efforts only push her further away?
For a Free Preview, click here: http://a.co/1ZtSRkK
Suzanne Norquist is the author of two novellas, “A Song for Rose” in A Bouquet of Brides Collection and “Mending Sarah’s Heart” in the Thimbles and Threads Collection Everything fascinates her. She has worked as a chemist, professor, financial analyst, and even earned a doctorate in economics. Research feeds her curiosity, and she shares the adventure with her readers. She lives in New Mexico with her mining engineer husband and has two grown children. When not writing, she explores the mountains, hikes, and attends kickboxing class.
She authors a blog entitled, Ponderings of a BBQ Ph.D.