In the spirit of the throwback phenomenon, Whimsical Publications decided to share some of our historical books. We have young adult books filled with courage and achievements, books sure to leave you enthralled, breathless, and enlightened, and books that take you on an epic journey and a cattle drive. Click on the link provided for each one to learn more and to read an excerpt.
Spurs for Jose’ by Wanda Snow Porter; Young Adult/Western
In the fall of 1846, when José Rodriquez turns twelve, his papa says next spring he must help tame Rancho Grande’s wild colts. He knew this day would come. For on the Alta California rancho, being a vaquero and training horses was his family’s tradition. Vaqueros’ horsemanship and roping skills were legendary and their lives full of danger. Many vaqueros had been killed or crippled while riding the mustangs. Did he have enough courage to ride the wild ones and measure up to his papa’s expectations?
Worried, José decides only luck will help him be fearless enough to ride the wild colts, luck he will get from a pair silver spurs and chaps made from a brave bull’s hide. But he has no money. How can he buy silver spurs? Then the Mexican-American war starts. And a few days before Christmas, Colonel John C. Fremont’s battalion camps on Rancho Grande and everything changes.
Based on true events, Spurs for José brims with action and excitement as a young vaquero goes on an unforgettable adventure.
Josette by Danielle Thorne; Historical Regency
Josette Price sees her future in Beddingfield Park. While her brother, George, needlessly pursues a naval career, she promises to watch over their beloved parents and the park estate. Nothing would make Josette happier than to see her sister and her self settled within the palings of Beddingfield. But dark, brooding Captain Carter rides into their lives with news that ruins everything: George has been lost at sea.
Learning the Park is entailed to their cousin, Edward, Josette must decide between marrying her fickle relation or helping her besotted sister trap him in her stead. Only Captain Carter and his delightfully spinsterish relatives can stop the Price girls from making a choice that would be the greatest tragedy of all.
Pistol Man by Daniel Cassidy; Western
In 1846, Nathan Delaney is only eight years old, when he is caught up in the turbulent struggle of the Mexican-American war. Travelling with a troop of Texas Rangers, Nathan quickly loses his innocence and childhood in the harsh, arid wastes of the Texas borderland in a series of brutal skirmishes between the hard-bitten Rangers and their Indian and Mexican foes.
Twenty years later, Nathan is trying his best to put the years he has spent as a Confederate guerrilla fighter behind him. He has arrived in the small town of Taylor’s Mill, with a view of settling down to a life of peace and prosperity. Fate, in the form of a beautiful young woman, and an unwanted confrontation with some of the town’s rougher elements, conspires against him however, and Nathan is soon forced to go on the run. Texas seems the ideal place to head for, and once there, Nathan is given the opportunity to range even further by joining the famous Montana cattle drive, led by the legendary Nelson Story.
With nothing to look forward to except stampedes, flooded river crossings and multiple confrontations with hostile bandits and Indians – and with a particularly determined Bounty Hunter still dogging his trail – Nathan will have plenty of cause to wonder whether he has made the right choice or not.
False Notes by Tara Manderino; Romance/Historical
In late summer 1874, Simon Barr, one of the premiere agents of the newly evolving US Secret Service, arrives in the Oklahoma Territory, to meet his partner, Luke Hayden, and begin their investigation of a large scale counterfeiting operation. In town for a short time the Secret Service agents investigate a large scale counterfeiting operation that threatens the US economy, while finding romance along the way.
Simon meets Kirsten Bentzer, who is the niece of one man and the fiancée of another that he comes to suspect are behind the escapade. His attraction to Kirsten catches him off guard and wars with his sense of duty. Surely, she can’t be innocent, no matter how much he wishes it were so.
Anderson’s Gold by Stephen O’Sullivan; Adventure/Western
Boston 1878. Tom Anderson, a mild mannered office clerk, is content with his mundane life. But following the death of his mother, his peaceful existence rapidly disintegrates as he is sucked into a world of violence and apathy. Forced to flee the city, he strikes out for the vast wildernesses of Western Canada to recover the proceeds of his late father’s mine.
And so begins an epic journey; not just in distance, but also one of self-discovery.
Circumstances force Tom to change as the journey progresses. Under the guidance of his father’s old partner, he learns how to survive, how to read men, and how to kill. He also finds love. But at journeys end, will he still be the same man that captured Katherine’s heart?
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