Mama told me I had to be ready, prepared, and strong for when things were not looking good.
Families torn apart amid the American Civil War must fight to stay together in Jan Spann's epic new novel, A Rebel West. This young adult adventure has all the romance, action, and danger to turn it into an instant classic.
Claire "Belle" Pettifaux is a typical nineteenth-century teenager when the Civil War begins. Her world torn apart, she witnesses both her father and her budding love interest, Samuel, shipped off for battle. When her mother dies, Belle must go live with her aunt in Kansas and await her loved ones' return.
Meanwhile, a Kansas boy named Austin "Earle" Johnson Jr. recounts his own story of his father's enlistment in the Union Army. His heartbreaking tale, told in alternating chapters with Belle's story, forms a picture of two young people thrust into a world wholly unknown to them.
Reuniting with her father and Samuel after the war, Belle and her loved ones travel to California in hopes of starting life anew. But Indians, robbers, flash floods, and more threaten to keep them from finding a place to call home.
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About the Author
Jan Spann works for J&J Inventories while also serving on both the Banning Unified School Board and the Banning Community Fund Committee.
A first time author, Spann lives in Banning, California, with her husband. Together, they have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"A Rebel West" offers a descriptive story, recounted from firsthand experiences of several of the book's characters--while based on people that truly existed, accompanied by genuine photographs that inspired the characters--the story itself is historical fiction. It is a tale of families from both sides of the Civil War, how their lives are intertwined, and how they struggle and grow together. It is not a war story. Author Jan Spann seems to have done a lot of research to incorporate scenery, conversation, and other details that provide insight to the livelihood and travel one could encounter during the 1860s. A newspaper story offers a little more perspective as to her research, as revealed to the historical society of the area she lives (if the link works): http://www.recordgazette.net/arts_and_entertainment/spann-highlights-her-civil-war-novel-at-historical-society-meeting/article_07591bf6-5d29-11e7-a136-973159899997.html The stories, uniquely told from the point of view from the different characters, can be confusing at first, but for readers paying attention, it's not too difficult a couple of paragraphs in to each chapter, to figure out who has picked up the story from where it was last left off. It's self-published, and there are slight editorial inconsistencies, but nothing too distracting. The story really has a lot of description, almost at times as if it's encapsulating journal entries from the Civil War. It's not necessarily a riveting story, but there are enough dramatic moments, and the voice and style are unique, that it's worth a read. -David James Heiss Redlands, Calif.