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Heidi M. Thomas

Award-winning Author, Editor, Writing Instructor

Keeping the Family History of the West Alive, One Book at a Time

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Book 3 in the Rescue Series

Rescuing Hope

         Samantha Moser’s quest to buy the ranch her great-grandparents once owned—the ranch she’s struggled to manage for a heartless owner—seems impossible. With the help of the troubled teen she’s mentoring, and her rescue horses, life is rich under the Montana sky. But when a group of veterans with PTSD need her help, and the man she could find happiness with has a serious accident while helping her rescue another horse, life takes an overwhelming, stressful turn.


     Can Sam find the strength and courage to overcome, or will all her dreams shrivel and die on the prairie?

WILLA Literary Finalist Award

Will Rogers Medallion Award

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Book One in the Rescue Series


Rescue Ranch Rising

Samantha Moser rescues horses…horses with the power to heal. She’s begun to help veterans with severe PTSD through her passion and her equine friends. But limited finances, dishonest contractors, and a disastrous barn fire turn her dream of a healing center to ashes.

When the man she loves doesn’t appear to share her feelings, she’s left to overcome a mountain of doubt and fear alone.
Once again, Samantha is at a crossroads in her life.

  Can she reignite her romance while resurrecting her dream from ashes, or will she have to choose between them?

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Book Two in the Rescue Series

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Rescuing Samantha

With dreams of raising Thoroughbreds, Samantha Moser leases the Montana ranch that once belonged to her great grandmother, a trail-blazing rodeo cowgirl.

After back-breaking work to fix up the abandoned, dilapidated ranch and a disastrous blizzard, her fiancé lacks the courage that runs in Samantha’s blood, and he leaves her.

Struggling with shattered dreams, a proposed takeover of the land for an exotic animal refuge, and financial difficulties, Samantha must take a job on a dude ranch. In the midst of all the uncertainty, she rediscovers the healing power of horses for children and what life’s purpose is for her.

But knowing her purpose might not be enough.


Can she help a young girl overcome her insecurities, battle the investment group threatening the land, and trust the man who

has a stake in the takeover while he

professes his help?

Book One in the Rescue Series

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Rescuing Hope by Heidi M. Thomas, a compelling contemporary western novel, combines modern ranching struggles with a story of survival in harsh Montana winters. The novel is the second in the Samantha Moser “Rescue Series.”

Sam Moser leases the ranch her great-grandparents once owned. But she’s worried about the owner who has already made one attempt to sell the ranch, and she’s afraid she won’t be able to “prove” herself to him. Her dream is to operate an equestrian center using her four rescued horses.

5.0 out of 5 stars 

A compelling contemporary western novel

Rescuing Hope is an engaging tale of a young woman’s dream to own the Montana ranch her great grand parents once owned. Samantha Moser hopes to raise thoroughbreds using income from her as-yet unrealized equestrian center to fund her dream. 

It is through a community of caring people - not the least of which is a handsome videographer who creates a documentary of her equestrian work with troubled children and veterans with PTSD - that Samatha manages to find courage and confidence. An enjoyable read from a first-rate author.

Karen Casey Fitzjerrell, award-winning author of Forgiving Effie Beck,  

Rescuing Hope is the next book in the RESCUE series. It continues Samantha Mosher's gentle life in mid-winter Montana as she seeks to make life better for her rescue horses, a confused teen, an injured man who holds a lot of interest for her, and a handful of vets who need her. She juggles complications while baking chocolate chip cookies and serving hot chocolate to good friends and neighbors who come to rely on her for more than her common sense and discipline. This is a feel-good book about traditional values and the benefit of holding steady against the forces that nature delivers. Charming, well written and filled with hope. A good read for teen girls as well as lovers of horses and the traditional West.

5.0 out of 5 stars 

The Rescue Continues


About Heidi M. Thomas

           Heidi M. Thomas grew up on a working ranch in eastern Montana. She had parents who taught her a love of books and a grandmother who rode bucking stock in rodeos.

            Describing herself as “born with ink in my veins,” Heidi followed her dream of writing with a journalism degree from the University of Montana and later turned to her first love, fiction, to write her grandmother’s story.

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