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A Novel of the American West, 1859 Missouri
The people are restless – the effects of prejudice and hate. Blood has already been spilled, and now there is talk of war…. a War Between the States!
The Town of Independence Missouri has become a hub of activity as hundreds prepare for their exciting journey to Oregon. This spring’s wagon train, piloted by Peter Chastain, plans to pull out as soon as the grass is long enough to keep the stock fed and healthy. And none too soon for the violence of the border ruffians has come too close for comfort.
Full of spirit and restless rebellion, Charlotte Mary West hates that life is moving on without her, and she is not remiss to let the whole world know she is NOT happy!
She longs to break free of the restraints of her arranged marriage to a man she describes as “adventurous as old hay” and his expectations that she act like a proper lady. Nothing proper about her!
Her passion is for adventure –to return to the much-loved mountains where she grew up – to live and discover the meaning of life for herself.
If that isn’t enough to make her unhappy, she learns that her beloved and esteemed father, mountain trekker Fremont West, has hired on to scout for Peter Chastain’s wagon train. And her best friend, Matilda and family, have joined that same wagon train!
Everyone is leaving and moving West but her … they will be living her dream. Unfathomable that of all people, she is the one who will be left behind!
Dirks Braelen is on the run from his life as a hired gun in Texas. He’s ready to hang up his holster, stop killing for a living and try to find peace for his tormented soul.
He may be ready to leave his old life behind, but two brothers whose lives he devastated in Texas may not allow that to happen.
Hatred for the man responsible for their parents’ death fuels a deep, uncompromising ache for Revenge! That ache takes them 500 miles into Kansas Territory to exact it — and they will have it, no matter what the cost!
Two people who share one commonality — a search for happiness and the meaning of life — will they find it in each other?
He wants to escape his past. She’s trying to escape the present.
Possibly they will find the answer they seek skillfully woven into a tale told by Charlotte’s father. The secret? The sacrifice of the little sage hen.
Written by Susie Schade-Brewer
Released in 2009
Published by Swimming Kangaroo Publishers
Available at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback.
Click here to read the Prologue of The Sacrifice of the Sage Hen