This is a very good western story about a farmer/rancher by an author who wrote 77 mostly short stories between 2006 and 2007. This is his second longest and second highest rated. In a way it reminds me of some of the Cmsix type stories. We start with a hero with some basic supplies and a residence (and a pole barn) and the start of a farm and 101 longhorn cattle, two of which he milks.
He finds an injured Indian maiden, nurses her to health, and finds her a virgin the fun way. They manage to learn enough of each others language to get by and eventually get very friendly. Not every day but sometimes two nights out of three. She has a son, two daughters and then another son. Seasons go by, they go to Fort Worth (two weeks round trip) some years to do some trading, a few groups of people travel by and stay a day or so including Indians related to his wife and some Apaches they have to fight off who definitely are not. Eventually they get neighbors, one as close are 4 miles away, some of whom have a daughter their older son goes courting as the story comes to a close.
Sometimes the weather is very hot, sometimes its cold and snowy, but farm life goes on. I wouldn't have minded if this story went on further too, but it ends at a reasonable stopping point. The plot is very adequate for the needs of the story but nothing special beyond that. A high enough seven I am going to round to an eight.
Technical Quality is ok, call it a low eight. I remember seeing a weather "vein" on a windmill to pump water for his cattle. Appeal is also an eight. I liked it, I didn't love it. I think it had enough sex to fit on SOL but not a real high stroke value. If you decide to read it you might want to try some of this authors other stories. There isn't any data about this author. One of his other stories was reviewed in 2006 by Stormy Weather. One of the many duties of reviewers is to bring to your attention some of these stories that you won't find by looking at what current authors are writing now or wrote in the past.