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Trail of Storms (The Owen Family Saga Book 5) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B004Z1L266
- Publisher : WestWard Books (2 May 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 2948 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,551,926 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My rating of four stars is in acknowledgement of author Marsha Ward's skill at fluid storytelling and the authenticity of her setting and characters. Obviously, the author has written the story she wanted to tell, and I cannot fault that, even though that story lost a good deal of my interest when it became a very lengthy explanation of and persuasion pitch for Mormon beliefs. I can honestly say this is the first Western I've ever read in which a main character's emotional quandary was solved by God smiling on polygamy. (The LDS church has, of course, long since disavowed that practice, but TRAIL OF STORMS takes place in 1867.)
I think it a bit disingenuous that the author makes no mention of the Latter Day Saints in the synopsis of TRAIL OF STORMS, as Mormon beliefs are a significant part of the book and pretty much function as a Deus Ex Machina in solving all the characters' problems. I did finish the story feeling that I had just read a very lengthy sermon. I think, because Ms. Ward has the skill and talent to make a reader feel very deeply for her characters. I was fine with the characters' conversion to the LDS religion, but it was an annoying slog through the amount of time devoted to it. The story became little more than a Mormon catechism as the main character asked questions and the Mormon elder answered them. Characters also discussed their readings in the Book of Mormon at some length.
Is TRAIL OF STORMS a well-written Western? Yes, it is, which is why I've rated it four stars. But the reader should be aware that the story does evolve into a very lengthy sermon.
I hope with everything in me that If she chooses James he takes her home to his parents and forgets about the Mormons! He has enough religion in him that his ma taught him. Besides they are not God's chosen people. Yes some things they teach are good but not all. Especially that it's okay to have more than one wife! Not! Not! Not!
The story itself was amazing and was brilliantly written. You would be disappointed if you don't get and read it for yourself.
If you like westerns in the old-fashioned sense of the word, don't bother reading this. Marsha is a new breed who writes about men who have and express emotions - going through things that scar them so deeply they weep. Yep. They cry.
I took away one star for some unnecessary swearing and hope it doesn't get worse in the other novels she's written.
I wish he would hurry up and finish.