Book 5: The Owen Family Saga. Jessie Bingham put heartbreak away to tend to her sister's needs, but when she settled for second best in love, she didn't foresee that James Owen would come back into her life.
The aftermath of the Civil War creates cruel circumstances for the Bingham family. A brutal attack on Jessie's sister, Hannah Fletcher, drives the extended family to flee to the West. They are soon joined by Heppie Bingham's beau George and his brother, Ned, who bring news that the Binghams are being pursued by cronies of Hannah's attacker. Even after they fight off that onslaught, poverty, bad weather, and Hannah's frightful secret plague their journey. Nursing her battered heart when she hears James Owen took a wife, Jessie accepts Ned's offer of marriage, but puts off the wedding until they reach Albuquerque. Then a stop on the trail holds surprises that launch Jessie into a bewildering tangle of values, emotions, and high adventure. Includes rape scene and Mormon beliefs.
Marsha Ward has the uncanny ability to transport readers back in time. You feel the characters' sorrows, hate the villains, cheer the heroes, and sit on the edge of your seat as one adventure after another unfolds. What a satisfying story this is, with real, believable trials and heart-warming conclusions. I recommend it to everyone, from history buffs to adventure lovers to romance readers.
~Shirley Bahlmann, author of the "Odds" pioneer series
Marshaling adept storytelling with an intimate understanding of her subject matter, Marsha Ward delivers loyal fans an exciting continuation of her Owen Family series, while new readers will rate Trail of Storms a satisfying stand-alone read that will send them back for more. Prepare to be transported to another time . . . another place. Ward's grasp of western dialect and culture is like a set of old leather reins in her skilled hands, driving her story's authenticity. The book opens with Jesse Bingham and her sisters on a tense Virginia day, under the brutal occupation of Yankee forces. High drama begins on page three and you're already invested up to your elbows.
~L.C. Lewis, author of the "Free Man and Dreamers" series
I really really liked this book. I liked the first two books in the series too, but this book seemed to flow beautifully and connect with me. I was right there, submerged in 1867 and could even smell the hay in the barn!!! This book starts with a BANG...(I was shocked and extremely impressed!) not to mention throughly entertained ALL the way through. It was intense, touching and heartwarming. So, Great Job Marsha Ward! And to everyone who hasn't read this book: GO GET IT!
~K. Darrach, Reader Review
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
If you're looking for great read - this is it. I'm not even a big western reader. But I LOVED this book. I've read all of Marsha Ward's books... they are all great. Trail of Storms is exceptional. The story line, the characters ... I didn't want it to end. And I can't wait for the next one! Excellent Book!
Another great western book by the best western author Marsha Ward. A must read for fun of history and love.Being a Louis L'amour fun and collector of his work my husband and I stumble into Marsha Ward family saga. A great read in itself and a must read for lovers of westerns and civil ward history fun. We will keep an eye on this author and are sure that she will not disappoint us. Anna del C. Author of "The Silent Warrior Trilogy" http://www.annadelc.com
I found a few scenes in the beginning of this book a little disturbing, and the romance between James and Jessie felt a little too rushed for me towards the end, but I'm giving this book 5 stars because the overall storytelling and writing were so superior to many other books I've read this year. No overdose on adjectives or annoying eye rollings or head bobbings when a simple "she nodded her head" would do. Marsha Ward knows how to write smoothly and well in a style that enhances, rather than detracts from the story she is trying to tell. The reader is completely caught up in the story and never jerked out of the world she's created by awkward or repetitive phrases. She spins an authentic yarn of a good ol' Western tale. Despite my personal quibbles in a few instances, I highly recommend ALL of Marsha Ward's books! Note: This book is self-published, but in my opinion, contains higher quality writing and plotting than several traditionally published books I've read. Moral? Don't judge a book by the publisher. You may be disappointed on the one hand and missing out on a gem on the other!
Trail of Storms by Marsha Ward In this 3rd installment of Marsha's excellent Western series, we find Jessie Bingham and her family fleeing post- Civil War Virginia after her sister is brutally attacked. Since hearing of James being lost to her, she agrees to marry her childhood friend, Ned Heizer, injured from the war and traveling with his brother to catch up with their friends, heading to Albuquerque. When Jessie and James reconnect, Jessie feels beholden to her promise to Ned, though she can't stop thinking of James, even with knowing he'd been married. While encountering a Mormon wagon train on their journey, James, Robert and Hannah are overjoyed at hearing about this new religion. And Ned is wondering why he's having feelings for someone other than Jessie. I hope there is another vol. in this series, as I hate to see it end, as I've come to love these characters so very much. Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated Pub. Date: March 2009 ISBN-13: 9781440126048 264pp