Sunday, March 5, 2017
Bess by Charles Cranston Jett
Bess Parker is only twenty-one years old when she sets out by herself in 1908, leaving the safety of her childhood home for southwestern North Dakota to establish a homestead. And it takes all the strength she can muster to succeed—facing the perils of the vast prairie, making her homestead productive, conquering the dangers of the frontier, flirting with romance, struggling with the emotional needs of her heart and body, and meeting the challenges of life on the prairie. But this unique young woman has a steely determination, and her story is the epitome of courage and grit in a difficult and sometimes cruel time in the history of the west.
About the Author:
Mr. Jett is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
He served in the United States Naval Nuclear Submarine Force where he created the nuclear attack submarine (SSN) predeployment training program for covert submarine operations, the tactical doctrine for the nuclear submarine electronic surveillance system (AN/WLR-6), and is the creator of the geographic plot (Geo Plot) for covert tracking of Soviet submarines from the SSN platform.
He has had fifteen years’ experience in the management consulting and executive recruiting world, where he participated in strategic planning, marketing, and organizational development engagements, and CEO and Board of Directors’ searches.
He has worked with corporate organizations in the area of critical skills identification and skill profiling to assist them in their corporate development programs as well as enabling them to target specific skill profiles for recruitment for entry level management positions.
He created the career management tool known as the “Doom Loop” which has become popularized as a highly useful tool for anticipating and addressing various “career crises” as well as enabling organizations and executive search professionals to assess the skill capabilities, potentials, and current situations of individuals in corporate environments.
He is the author of several publications including the magazine articles “Whatever Happened to Corporate Loyalty?” and “Critical Skills and the CEO”—both of which were published by Chief Executive Magazine and have become widely popular articles in the reprint world. He is also the author of two new books: Wanted: Critical Skills!! and Career Crises and the Doom Loop.
He is an accomplished speaker on the subject of Critical Skills, having been featured by many of the nation’s top business schools (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Northwestern, Chicago, Michigan, etc.) and the American Psychological Association. He focused on skill development at the high school level and was featured in the US Department of Labor’s publication, “Teaching the SCANS Competencies,” which was distributed nationwide. To facilitate high schools’ and training organizations’ ability to create and manage work-based learning programs to teach critical skills and the SCANS competencies, he created the software management tool known as “Coop2000®” and served as a national school-to-work technical assistance provider as well as a national workforce investment act technical assistance provider.
He is the author of Super Nuke!, WANTED: Eight Critical Skills You Need To Succeed, The Doom Loop, and Field Studies—all published by OutskirtsPress.
Growing up on a farm in Cando, North Dakota, Bess Parker is a tomboy. She’d rather be outside helping her dad with farm chores than inside learning to cook or sew with her mother. Obedient child that she is, Bess manages to do both—get up early enough to feed the chickens, gather the eggs, help Mama with breakfast, and then go outside to help saddle up her horse and help her dad tend the sheep. In the spring she even helps with lambing and shearing, while getting good grades in school and mastering the piano, eventually being able to play complex pieces such as Chaupin’s etudes. The only thing is, when a local boy expresses an interest in courting her, Bess just isn’t interested. She wants to move farther west and homestead—on her own. Much to her mother’s dismay, Bess never seems to show any interest in romance at all.
She’s very good at hiding the feelings she has for her best friend. Nor does she tell her parents about Linda, the girl she meets on the train enroute to Haley, North Dakota, the town where she plans to homestead, or the three wonderful days they spend together before Linda leaves for Montana to visit her aunt and uncle.
Bess grabbed me at the beginning and held my attention straight through. I had difficulty putting it down. Mr. Jett did a pretty good job of staying in the period with only one anomaly that I found, which wasn’t bad for a first-time historical novel. Mr. Jett’s dialog could also be a bit less stilted, but making the transition from non-fiction business writing to fiction is not easy, and since Mr. Jett had the same publisher, I suspect he had the same editor who may not know as much about working with fiction. Bess is a plucky character—a strong woman who makes her own way in a man’s world. A true pioneer in more than one sense of the word. I highly recommend Bess.
Author Website: https://charlescranstonjett.com
Warnings: Lesbian Relationships
Length: 301 Pages
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