On a hot summer day, young Elijah Marshall stops plowing to give a drink of water to two strangers and invite them to lunch with his family. His neighborly act sets in motion events that will drastically change his future.
The strangers share a new religion, which the family embraces. But the neighbors want no part of Mormons. Multiple acts of unkindness and starvation drive the Marshall family to flee to the Mormon city on the banks of the Mississippi River, Nauvoo.
Then the path of Elijah's life takes perilous detours, with twists and turns he never expected to make.
In a 19th century coming-of-age story ranging from Pennsylvania to the Great Salt Lake Valley, Elijah plunges into harrowing adventures filled with sorrow, danger, and romance.
"Once again, Marsha Ward has woven an exciting historical novel. Elijah Marshall's adventures, trials, and faith building experiences as he journeys on The Zion Trail will keep readers turning pages until the end!"
~Loralee Evans, author of The Shores of Bountiful, and other novels.
"Marsha Ward's genius rises to her highest peak in The Zion Trial, with spot-on period terminology and meticulous attention to detail. It pulled me back to that time when my fourth-great-grandfather converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and took that Zion trail, and beyond."
~Debra Erfert, author of Window of Time, Changes of the Heart, It Takes a Sleuth, and Relative Evil.
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
I found The Zion Trail an enjoyable, easy read despite the great challenges young Elijah and his family experienced in their trek for a new home in a peaceful place. Having pioneer ancestors, myself, and being familiar with their history...Elijah's story truly reflects the hardship these people faced and the joyful blessings received. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and stories of faith. It holds a great message of hope for all of us. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, Marsha!
The Zion Trail, A Promised Valley Novel by Marsha Ward is an outstanding tale of the life of a young pioneer man. It will give you a clear vision of the struggles and the blessings he receives in his life. When Elijah offers a drink to two men while plowing his land, he doesn't realize how many things will change in his life. His family is composed by three siblings, himself, his mom and pop. All their lives change in matter of days as they embrace the Mormon religion. Friendly farmers by trade, his family becomes unwelcome in their community and his father is beaten almost to death after they are baptized as Mormons. When their barn with their food for winter, including their cows, is burned to the ground they resort to hunting small game to survive. Enough is enough, and in the spring they decide to go to Nauvoo and find peace at the knees of the Mormon prophet. Elijah's older sister Sarah, although baptized a Mormon, doesn't have the vision nor the faith to follow her father and runs away with the scoundrel who had beaten her father. Elijah family's future is uncertain and he hopes his faith is true. In this tale we follow Elijah's life all the way from a teenager to the man that he becomes. It is a clean read and a moving pioneer story.