Fearless: A Novel of Sarah Bowman

Fearless: A Novel of Sarah Bowman

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by Lucia St. Clair Robson, Robson L. St Claire
     
 

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Riding tall against the Texas sky, Sarah Bowman was a force of nature all her own. A strong-willed woman, she participated in the Florida campaign against the Seminoles, later marrying a man who admired her boundless spirit. Then, in 1845, as the United States prepared for war with Mexico, Sarah signed on as a laundress and cook with General Zachary "Old Rough…  See more details below

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Riding tall against the Texas sky, Sarah Bowman was a force of nature all her own. A strong-willed woman, she participated in the Florida campaign against the Seminoles, later marrying a man who admired her boundless spirit. Then, in 1845, as the United States prepared for war with Mexico, Sarah signed on as a laundress and cook with General Zachary "Old Rough and Ready" Taylor's army in Corpus Christi. Before the war even began, though, her husband was killed. But going home was out of the question. She considered the army her home and its soldiers her family. While battle raged around her, Sarah became a familiar figure through the haze of exploding gunpowder, riding among the flames to retrieve the wounded. And eventually, she would find love again where she least expected it. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When you're an imposing flame-haired beauty, standing six feet or better with a heart as big as Texas and a Tennessee wit to match, your life will be filled with adventure. At least if you're Sarah Bowman, the larger-than-life heroine of this dashing western romance from popular novelist Robson (Mary's Land). Basing her protagonist on the historical figure who was dubbed the Great Western by her beloved army boys in the 1840s, Robson creates a lively narrative as Sarah loves and loses men, makes and loses fortunes, saves and succors friends, foils terrorists, all the while mothering (and laundering and cooking for) Zachary Taylor's troops during the Mexican war. Robson's period details are vivid: one can almost feel the hot brass of the cannon and the hunger of the poor Mexicans and smell the Army mules and their drivers. Sarah herself has no mean gift for daily conversation and lyrical expression. With its tough-and-tender Amazon lifted from the history books, this tall tale towers in appeal and skill over most western historicals. (July)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Having triumphed with books like Walk in My Soul (1986), best-selling historical novelist Robson returns with the story of Sarah Borginnis Bowman, who followed her husband to war (the Mexican war, that is) and stayed on to fight after his death.
Kirkus Reviews
Robson (Mary's Land, 1995, etc.), who only recently moved to hardcover, continues to turn just-the-facts into highly realistic historical fiction, filled with strongly focused characters and glowing with phosphorescent detail. Beginning in 1845, this tells of the real-life Sarah Borginnis Bowman, a boundlessly spirited six-footer with cayenne hair, whose first husband dies on a boat when a white-hot steam-boiler erupts, blowing the indestructible Jack Borginnis to atoms. Jack had been serving under General Zachary Taylor, and when Taylor's troops in Corpus Christi have been ordered to march on Mexico, which won't give up Texas to the States, Sarah believes herself to be an Army woman, signs on as a laundress and cook, and goes along. As soldiers discover, she's fearless in battle, and at the slaughter at the Rio Grande is seen courageously retrieving the wounded amid exploding gunpowder. She follows Old Zach through battle after battle against Santa Anna, marries a Corporal Davis, and later meets a golden-eyed man who moves with amazing grace, as if to waltz music. After the war, she takes the name of Albert Bowman when they set up house together. More richly detailed historical fiction from an author who writes only what she absolutely wants to—and has a good time doing it.

Dale Walker
(Bowman) strides into life from history's dusty pages under Lucia St. Clair Robson's expert pen.... Robson has writen a vibrant work that gives us back some forgotten history.
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Robson continues to turn just-the-facts into highly realistic historical fiction, filled with strongly focused characters and glowing with phosphorescent detail.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345397713
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/30/1998
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.53(w) x 9.68(h) x 1.42(d)

Meet the Author

Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in South Florida. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and a teacher in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. She has also lived in Japan, South Carolina, and southern Arizona. After earning her master's degree in Library Science at Florida State University, she worked as a public librarian in Annapolis, Maryland.  She is the author of the historical novels Mary's Land, Light a Distant Fire, Ride the Wind, The Tokaido Road, and Walk in My Soul. She lives near Annapolis in a wooded community on the Severn River.

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Fearless: A Novel of Sarah Bowman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Carolyn1940 More than 1 year ago
Ms. St. Clair Robson kept this book very interesting while weaving in historical data. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago