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About the Author
Writing as P.A. Bechko, Peggy Bechko has been published by Doubleday, Harlequin, Pinnacle, and The Fiction Works. One of her screenplays made the quarterfinal of the Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting, and the semi-finals of the America's Best screenwriting competition.
This is a fun book. In the late 1860's, Elias McPherson and his granddaughter Emma set out for California in a windwagon, a covered wagon fitted with masts and sails. They hope both to demonstrate the vehicle's abilities and to look for Emma's father, who disappeared years before. The first two-thirds of the book recounts their adventures along the way as they find themselves involved in every classic Western situation from train robberies to Apache attacks to gunfights. They also become the nucleus of a sort of motley wagon train, collecting a diverse troupe of traveling companions, including the third major character in the book, Chance Fargo, an itinerant gambler who is handy with a gun. When the windwagon finally breaks down irreparably, however, the group decides that it would make more sense to settle down and found a town than to continue on--but running a town on the frontier turns out to have its own set of problems.
Partly a mixture of Western and Romance, the book is most engaging as a road book, and much of the charm comes from the concept of the windwagon itself (these did, in fact, exist). The action sequences, described in almost cinematic detail, are all skillfully handled. All in all, a worthwhile read.
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