Book 4: The Owen Family Saga. Thinking he's been treated unjustly by his father, James Owen leaves the family homestead to make a new life for himself.
The turbulent world of post-Civil War Colorado Territory is fraught with danger and prejudice that increase his bitter loneliness as personal setbacks threaten to break him. Then James's journey brings him into contact with another wayfarer, beautiful young Amparo Garcés, who has come from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. Through a twist of fate, their futures are changed forever when their lives are merged in a marriage of convenience. James and Amparo undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, battling their personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms.
"Ride to Raton is a pure western, complete with bad guys and broken hearts and even a dog. The sequel to The Man from Shenandoah features James Owen, the younger brother. Marsha Ward writes a fantastic romance against a vivid southwestern backdrop. James begins this book as a hurt young man, but by the end of the book, I really could see him grow up and become a man. Made tougher by circumstances he has no control over, James realizes that the love he thought he had lost was nothing compared to what Amparo shows him. Amparo is a young Hispanic lady, forced to leave her home in Santa Fe to marry a stranger in Colorado. She bravely faces her uncertain future, relying on her faith to get her through. She is sweet, loving and she provides a great contrast to James's rough exterior. With an ending that surprised even me, Ride to Raton is not your usual romance. However, I do recommend it for western lovers--even the cover is wonderful! Marsha Ward once again shows us her gift for old fashioned storytelling!" ~Jen Hill, Roundtable Reviews
About the Author
Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She began telling stories at a very early age, regaling neighborhood chums with her tales over homemade sugar cookies and milk. Her love of 19th Century Western history was reinforced by visits to her cousins on their ranch and listening to her father's stories of homesteading in Old Mexico and in the Tucson area. Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association and a member of Western Writers of America, Indie Author Hub, and Arizona Professional Writers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to give talks, meet readers, and sign books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ride To Raton by Marsha Ward This second installment of Marsha's post Civil War Saga has James Owens bittered over his brother Carl marrying his promised Ellen. James leaves the family homestead to find his way and winds up with more trouble than he bargained for. He meets a beautiful, but frightened Mexican girl, Amparo Garces, who comes from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. James helps, even with their language barrier, to get Amparo back home. By some twist of fate, their lives are forever changed when a marriage of convenience is arranged. They undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, battling personal demons, language issues, and winter's raging fury. The action is non-stop, as James and Amparo battle outlaws and the elements. I highly recommend this action-packed Western series. Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated Pub. Date: November 2003 ISBN-13: 9780595301690 222pp