Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She began telling stories at a very early age, regaling neighborhood chums with her tales over homemade sugar cookies and milk. Her love of 19th Century Western history was reinforced by visits to her cousins on their ranch and listening to her father's stories of homesteading in Old Mexico and in the Tucson area. Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Rim Country Writers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to spoil her grandchildren, travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books.
The Man from Shenandoahby Marsha Ward
Book 2: The Owen Family Saga. Young cavalryman Carl Owen returns from the Civil War to find the family farm destroyed, his favorite brother dead, food scarce, and his father determined to leave the Shenandoah Valley to build a cattle empire in Colorado Territory. Crossing the continent, Carl falls in love with his brother's fiancée while set to wed another
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Book 2: The Owen Family Saga. Young cavalryman Carl Owen returns from the Civil War to find the family farm destroyed, his favorite brother dead, food scarce, and his father determined to leave the Shenandoah Valley to build a cattle empire in Colorado Territory. Crossing the continent, Carl falls in love with his brother's fiancée while set to wed another girl, but he might lose everything if the murderous thug Berto Acosta has his way. Carl battles a band of outlaws, a prairie fire, blizzards, a trackless waterless desert, and his own brother—all for the hand of feisty Ellen Bates.
"I finished The Man from Shenandoah at half-past midnight because I couldn’t put it down." - Utah Reader
"This is a book to prize, and not only for its gritty realism, exciting action, and compelling characters. The story further engages us by examining the ties that hold family and community together. Not many Westerns do that. Heartily recommended!" - Western Writer's Newsletter
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The Man From Shenandoah by Marsha Ward The Civil War has just finished and Carl Owen has just returned home to find his family farm destroyed. His family decide to leave Virginia to seek his mom's brother in the gold fields of Colorado Territory. Carl's father decides to start fresh with starting a cattle ranch and with other families in the community going with them, the journey is bearable. Carl encounters and battles Berto Acosta, a murderous outlaw leader, along with his gang, battles a prairie fire, blizzards, a trackless waterless desert, and his own brother, who has been promised Ellen as his bride by both fathers, while Carl is set to marry Ida. This western novel has everything and the action is non-stop. There are two more in this series and I've just started the second Vol., Ride To Raton, with Trail of Storms the last one. I highly recommend this excellent novel. Kudos to Marsha. Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri Until Next time, See You Around The Book Nook Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated Pub. Date: December 2002 ISBN-13: 9780595263080 248pp
I had nearly given up on reading Westerns as the newer ones I have are written with our modern morals and language. Ms. Ward uses the language of the class & region, which makes The Man from Shenandoah so real. The book gives us joyous times but doesn¿t pass lightly over the hardships of the time. The author draws a character in such human warmth and depth that you have no trouble remembering who is whom. I don¿t know how a woman can write so well from a man¿s viewpoint; but, as she illustrates so well, men didn¿t understand women in the old West any better than they do now, but well, we women have always understood enough for both sexes! I love the dialogue that eases us into seeing from Carl Owens'eyes. His thoughts and words flow so clearly that we come to know him well. Carl is not given to flowery speeches. He can be complex; at times makes some pretty humorous mistakes, and he doesn¿t like to apologize for them. He¿s pretty good at laughing at himself however. Carl's values and his honor cause him no end of conflict with his family and others throughout his story. Often a western (especially one with romance included) doesn¿t sketch the family at all. I liked this one because the main character was not the 'silent loner with no family to teach him love and values' hero. The better part of the characters in this novel were members of warm, loving, laughing, arguing and flawed families. It was a joy to get to know them. Ms. Ward paints vivid night skies, warm sun on your face and makes you wish you could lie down to contemplate the clouds in a meadow surrounded by quakies (Aspen trees to those not native to the Rockies). Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona have been my playgrounds all my life and the journey into past memories was achingly sweet. A young girl threw her arms up over her head, whirled around in a meadow full of wildflowers and cried ¿I love you, Colorado, you¿re beautiful.¿ This Colorado girl was so homesick she cried too - tears. Ms. Ward's characters worked `danged hard¿ and they went down to the ¿crick¿ to get water. Arizonan¿s give me such strange looks when I talk about the dry cricks here. Well, human nature being what it is, there were people I loved and people I could do without but loved to hate. I was also a bit humbled by the women, who reminded me of my great-grandmother. She was a bit like Ellen Bates. Now give us our sequel - it's so hard to wait! I can't leave you without also mentioning that the cover is to die for. Yummy!
I finished "The Man From Shenandoah" at half-past midnight because I couldn¿t put it down. I didn't know I was a western aficionado, but this book made me want to find a horse and put my hubby in riding gear (loved the cover)! This was a great story; the gripping action, the believable characters, and the historical research. I loved that it was as much a romance as it was a family western, and I never realized I was a romance aficionado either! The author skillfully took me into the past--familiar with mining territory in Nevada, and the more western parts of Utah, Arizona and Colorado¿the story had me there with the dust and the snowstorms and cabins and praire fire and all. Especially beneficial was the story's ability to inspire me to be a better wife. I don't want to be so much like that shallow Ida (gulp); I best be gettin' more like Miss Ellen! The author¿s blood, sweat and tears paid off; I will add her sequel(s) to my bookcase as well. Thank you for the adventure, Ms. Ward!