Maria Owens, the flirtatious eldest daughter of a prominent Independence family, eloped with a handsome young lawyer. When her father, Samuel C. Owens, learned of the marriage, he forced the 14 year old Maria to accompany him to New York City, where she was placed in a school for girls. She escaped from the school and returned to Independence by steamboat, to be with her husband, John. He joined the army, just before President Polk declared war on Mexico. Maria was lonely in her husband's absence and sought comfort in the arms of a young man she had met aboard the steamboat. John returned from boot camp to find his marriage in jeopardy.
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About the Author
Lou Ann Owens has enjoyed small town living all of her life. She worked as a bank teller for many years, but her passion was writing. She contributed to A Writing Sampler, an anthology of stories from the Grays Harbor County Writer's Guild. Her Owens' family lineage prompted her to write this fact-based historical novel. She resides in McCleary, Wa., with her husband, Ken Strozyk. They have four adult children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.