When Gwen Collins left Oklahoma to become a fashion designer, she planned on never coming back. Then she receives word that her father has died, willing her the family ranch. Gwen returns to her childhood home to sell the ranch and is surprised to find one small stipulation: Before she can inherit, she must live on and work the ranch for one year. She's about to give it all up and return to Dallas when she meets Bo Bohanan, a neighboring rancher, who agrees to help Gwen cope with daily ranch life.
Donna Barnard's The Making of Okie follows Gwen on a yearlong adventure of self-discovery, submission to God's will, and even a little romance. As Gwen learns to rely on Bo's help with the simplest of tasks, she struggles with the loss of her independence and the humility it takes to yield to the will of God. From little red sports cars to rusty trucks and lazy horses, readers young and old will find out the real way to make an Okie.