Ride to Raton (The Owen Family Saga)by Marsha Ward
Writer Phyllis Dugan says, "Marsha Ward has the ability to grab readers by the lapels, yank them into her stories, and make them care deeply about her characters. In her newest novel, she combines joy and pathos with revenge and redemption, adding enough satisfying action and surprises to keep readers breathlessly looking forward to the next page. I thoroughly enjoyed Ride to Raton."
After losing the heart of his fiancée to his brother, James Owen leaves home to make a new life for himself. The turbulent world of post-Civil War Colorado Territory is fraught with danger and prejudice that increase his bitter loneliness as personal setbacks threaten to break him. Then James's journey brings him into contact with another wayfarer, beautiful young Amparo Garces, who has come from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. Through a twist of fate, their futures are changed forever when their lives are merged in a marriage of convenience. James and Amparo undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, battling their personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms. Will their journey end in life or death?
"Marsha Ward has one foot in the 21st century and one in the 19th. Her characters hew closely to those wild days, portraying their lives and times. Readers love her for that."
--Gary Svee, two-time Spur Award Winner
Western Writers Newsletter, Sep. 2003
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Ride To Raton by Marsha Ward This second installment of Marsha's post Civil War Saga has James Owens bittered over his brother Carl marrying his promised Ellen. James leaves the family homestead to find his way and winds up with more trouble than he bargained for. He meets a beautiful, but frightened Mexican girl, Amparo Garces, who comes from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. James helps, even with their language barrier, to get Amparo back home. By some twist of fate, their lives are forever changed when a marriage of convenience is arranged. They undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, battling personal demons, language issues, and winter's raging fury. The action is non-stop, as James and Amparo battle outlaws and the elements. I highly recommend this action-packed Western series. Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated Pub. Date: November 2003 ISBN-13: 9780595301690 222pp