The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts
Posted June 8, 2009on:
Title: The Beef Princess of Practical County
Good If… You’re looking for a good book set in the country.
Summary: (Taken from Amazon)
After years of waiting, it is finally Libby Ryan’s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair. Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family’s cattle farm, in hopes of winning the annual steer competition. Against her father’s advice, Libby gives the calves names, even though both steers will eventually be auctioned off. After a few months of preparing for the Practical County Fair, Libby finds that she is growing closer to her steers with each passing day, and the pressure to win Grand Champion is mounting.
Luckily, Libby can count on her best friend to get her through most of the county fair chaos. Yet once reality sets in and she realizes that her steers will soon be sold to the highest bidder, the chaos in Libby’s heart becomes
too much to bear.
Books set in the country tend to appeal to me since I live in the middle-of-nowhere but since I can relate to them easily, I’m always more picky about the details. But Michelle Houts can obviously relate too because there was very little for me to pick apart in Beef Princess.
The Beef Princess of Practical County begins a little slow but once you get to know the characters, you’re instantly drawn in. I know very little about raising cattle, which is a huge part of the plot, but Houts wrote about it in a way that didn’t include every detail of what went into it but enough to explain what was going on so everyone could relate a little bit.
Libby is a character that I’m sure everyone can relate to, whether you’re twelve or sixteen or even thirty-five. She’s young and stubborn but willing to put others before herself. Most importantly, she stands up for what she believes in, whether or not it’s always a realistic choice.
The plot stays fairly simple and even though I kept waiting for some surprise ending, it never came. At first, it was slightly disappointing but in the end, it worked for the novel.
I definitely recommend this one so pick it up the next chance you get!