Toward A New Beginning [NOOK Book]

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Although Sam Bartlett enjoyed a successful horse-supplying business in Independence, he was none-the-less envious of the hundreds of folks who passed through on their way west. Unable to stand it any longer, he convinces his wife, Judith, to pull up stakes, pack up their three-year-old son, Tom, and accompany him on a journey that turns out to be much more than either of them could have imagined.

The trek quickly develops into one of extreme hardship that is complicated by ...

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Overview

Although Sam Bartlett enjoyed a successful horse-supplying business in Independence, he was none-the-less envious of the hundreds of folks who passed through on their way west. Unable to stand it any longer, he convinces his wife, Judith, to pull up stakes, pack up their three-year-old son, Tom, and accompany him on a journey that turns out to be much more than either of them could have imagined.

The trek quickly develops into one of extreme hardship that is complicated by savage weather, dangerous river crossings, water shortages, unique personalities among members of the wagon train and nearly constant harassment at the hands of marauding Comanches.

The determined travelers’ ability to effectively defend themselves is pushed to the very limits as One Eye's warriors harass and attack them repeatedly, with devastating results. With four of the train's beloved children having been taken captive, the inner strength of the beleaguered pioneers is sorely tested and a handful of the men set out to recover the children.

After valiant attempts to rescue their children fail miserably, they are forced to return empty-handed. Against all that is held sacred, the members of the wagon train are forced to leave their children behind while they do their best to evade the heathens while they continue their struggle for survival with barely enough water left to keep the animals going.

With all hope of ever seeing the children again now gone, it is the ingenuity of the beautiful Comanche woman, Birdsong, that is yet to be heard from.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011406829
  • Publisher: R. William Rogers
  • Publication date: 7/13/2011
  • Series: Arkansas Valley , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 6,152
  • File size: 283 KB

Meet the Author

Originally from central California, I successfully made the transition to Colorado in 1981, and have remained here ever since.

I first began writing fiction in 1997 while on a bowhunting trip to the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of beautiful central Colorado. The desire to write that initial novel just kinda flared up after having read a few books by Author/Evangelist, Al Lacy. I wrote that first novel, MUSTANG JUSTICE, on a notepad with a pencil (well...a few pencils really). After receiving the usual rave reviews from the wife and family, I decided that I was a writer and steadfastly began entering it into the computer.

The next logical step was to have someone other than family read it. Boy, did that ever turn into a chore. Although that person liked it as well, her initial reaction was: 'Where did these people come from?' That question was answered satisfactorily after completing what had began as a tedious task at best, but quickly transformed itself into the exciting and joyous experience of writing the first three books in the Arkansas Valley Series: TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING, UNCERTAIN TIMES and SHATTERED DREAMS; MUSTANG JUSTICE turned out to be the fourth in the series.

Of course this entire endeavor had to have been Al Lacy's fault, because he lit a fire somewhere deep inside my soul after having consented to going to lunch with me and allowing me to pick his brain.

One thing led to another and I was eventually able to self-publish TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING, which was not only the first self-published work to become a finalist for the prestigious Christy Award, but won the 2003 award for 'Excellence In Christian Fiction'. Note: Mr. Lacy graciously wrote the introduction for that book.

Since then, I have written an additional nineteen books.

I am currently immersed in writing a new series of fact-based, historical, Christian Westerns, titled: SETTLERS OF SOUTH PARK (that's in Colorado). The firstfour books, A DREAM FULFILLED, DIVINE DISCOVERY, TURMOIL and now THE REDEMPTION OF ARNIE BRADBURY have been completed and are now available for your enjoyment. The fifth (which as yet remains untitled) is currently being written and will become available sometime around mid-summer of 2014, would be my best guess.

With that in mind, let it be said that my genre interests are not entirely limited to Christian Westerns. I have additionally written books in such genres as: Adventure, Sports (baseball), Civil War, Gold Mining, and other topics as the urge strikes me. So far my interests have been strictly fiction and will continue to be for the forseeable future.

Back in the day, I served five and a half years in the US Air Force, as a jet fighter mechanic, during the Vietnam conflict.

My wife of many years and I have five wonderful daughters and seven, count 'em, seven grandchildren. We now reside in Widefield, Colorado, with one of our grandsons, whom we adopted.

I am now retired and enjoying the freedom to write when and wherever the notion grabs me (which is usually everyday and just about anywhere I happen to be).

Please feel free to email me at: bobthebookbuilder@gmail.com with any questions, concerns or suggestions. I truly hope my work brings a little bit of joy into your life, but you may have to wipe away a tear from time to time in order to get there.

Enjoy.
Bob

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    I reccomend very highly

    This is an excellent book in my opinion. It has romance, some suspence and a good glimpse of life at that point in history. The moral content is absutely excellent. I would say that this is an excellent work of Chridtian historical fiction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

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    It was ok, the constant preaching got very old and redundant.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    This book sounds amazing!! I can't wait to read it. :)

    This book sounds amazing!! I can't wait to read it. :)

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Enjoyed this!

    Suspense, romance, and lessons in faith. Loved the writing style, the story, the characters. Looking forward to the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    highly recommend

    Absolutely loved it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Good western story

    The story was well written and had a lot of colorful charactors. I felt drawn in to the story and thinking the ways of the past out west. Enjoyed reading this one very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Good

    Enjoyed. Characters were good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Recommend

    Injoyed this book, like reading about the travel west. They were a courageous people and I enjoyed the mixture of the characters and felt like I was there with them. Good writing at least for me.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

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    Loved it! A great Christian historical novel, and I will be read

    Loved it! A great Christian historical novel, and I will be reading more of his books. My only fault is that the info on the other books in the series gives away what happens to some of the characters, so B&N or the author needs to change that. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    A really interesting take on a wagon train story, filled with un

    A really interesting take on a wagon train story, filled with unusual characters, all of whom either believe in Christ, or are being pursued by Christ.  Well worth your time if you like adventure, romance, historical novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Mixed feelings

    For those who love wagon train stories, this has some interesting twists and turns. And the author does a fair job of developing the characters. However, the writing is a bit awkward at times. For instance, some of the narrative uses contractions and slang of the times which distracted me away from the story while trying to figure out if a character was talking or if it was simply narrative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Excellent for a boring day

    Very good couldnt stop reading it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Could not put down!

    My first reading by this author, but it will not be my last. I felt as if I was on this trail-blazing adventure - what a writer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Good story, well written

    Held my attention the whole time. Ended up only putting this story fown a couple of times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Book Review

    It was good. Had a lot of thing happen in it.

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