Willow Creek Homeby Janice Jordan Shefelman
A summer of drought and epidemic illness in 1847 force Mina, Papa, and his new wife, Lisette, to move on from Fredericksburg to a larger land grant deep in Comanche territory. They join together with two other families to establish a colony on Willow Creek. Though a treaty has been made between the German settlers and the Comanche Chief, Buffalo Hump, there remain renegade bands of warriors roaming the countryside, stealing horses and murdering settlers.
In order to earn money, Papa must go on lengthy trips hauling supplies, leaving Mina, Tante Lisette, and baby Peter alone. It helps to know that the Kaufmanns and Hesslers are nearby - especially young Daniel whom Mina has decided she will marry someday.
One evening at dusk while Papa is away, Mina hears a strange sound outside. It is like an owl but not really an owl. She is the only one who can load and fire Papa's shotgun, and Mina realizes Tanta Lisette and baby Peter are dependent on her.
Janice Shefelman has written a story of a spunky girl who learns to put that spirit to good use in establishing a homestead. A complete novel in itself, Willow Creek Home continues the story begun in A Paradise Called Texas, based on the author's German ancestors' immigration to Texas.
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