Book 1: The Owen Family Saga. 2014 Whitney Award Finalist-Historical Fiction
Rulon Owen loves two things more than life-his country and Mary Hilbrands.
When Virginia secedes from the Union, Rulon enlists, and finds himself fighting foes both in battle and in his own camp. He struggles to stay alive against all odds, with a knife-wielding tent-mate and a Union army that seems impossible to defeat. It will take every ounce of vigilance he has to survive and, with a little luck, he might make it home to his wife and the son he's never seen.
Forced to live with her parents for the duration, Mary faces a battle for independence. With a mother whispering that her husband won't come home to her and a son who needs her to be both father and mother, Mary has to dig deep for strength to overcome her overwhelming loneliness and the unknown future ahead.
Separated by war and circumstance, Rulon and Mary discover that not all enemies wear the Union blue.
The Best Reading Order for The Owen Family Saga is: 1-GONE FOR A SOLDIER, 2-THE MAN FROM SHENANDOAH, 3-SPINSTER'S FOLLY, 4-RIDE TO RATON, and 5-TRAIL OF STORMS.
"Marsha Ward's deep characters and attention to detail are sure to please the reader, and drag them into a world they find they don't want to leave."
~C. Michelle Jefferies, author of the Chrysalis series
"Gone for a Soldier will make you laugh, and bring a lump to your throat."
~Bill Markley, Civil War reenactor and author of Deadwood Dead Men
"While the men left their families to fight for the Confederacy, the women soldiered on at home. A very moving tale of tragedy and triumph."
~Pat Decker Nipper, author of Love on the Lewis and Clark Trail
"Heartbreaking, enlightening, and ultimately hopeful."
~C. David Belt, author of The Children of Lilith series
"The Civil War years and its effect on the family are accurately depicted; the romance is real and true. Strong family ties bind this series together and it's sure to hold you enthralled."
~C.K.Crigger, author of the China Bohannan adventures
About the Author
Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed American historical novel series, The Owen Family Saga. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Indie Author Hub, LDStorymakers, and Arizona Professional Writers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books. Visit her website at marshaward.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Marsha Ward is a new to me author, having only read one of her short stories prior to this book, and I was happy to be asked to read and review this Civil War novel as my reading has focused on this era a lot lately. Based on a wonderful monolog by a docent on a recent visit to the Lotz House in Franklin, Tennessee, I believe Marsha Ward did a marvelous job of capturing the horrors of the sights, sounds, smells and privations of the Civil War. I must admit, while not at all inappropriate in her word choice, the intensity and frequency with which Ward dealt with the desires of young, unmarried men was a bit over the top. Nevertheless, I did enjoy and would recommend the book with that caveat. The Owen family is blessed with both strong maternal and paternal characters, and a wealth of love within the family. Julia and Roderick Owen of Shenandoah County, Virginia have nine offspring, ages eight to twenty as the story begins. Father and five sons will serve on the side of the Confederacy during the war; not all are destined to return. Rather than focusing on the issues for which they fought, Ward concentrates on the toll military service in the Civil War took on relationships, on those on the front lines, on those left behind, and on the communities devastated by the invading troops. I thank Marsha Ward for providing me a copy of Gone for a Soldier in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. I do look forward to reading her novella, That Tender Light, which tells the story of how Rod and Julia met.