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Into the Snow: The Testimony and Last Will of Jedediah P. Carpenter (Colorado Historical Fiction and Frontier Legends Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Erwin
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Book Description

In the summer of 1858, young Jedediah P. Carpenter finds himself orphaned and alone on the Oregon trail in the middle of Nebraska Territory. He also finds himself smitten with the beautiful Emma Cooper, three years his senior, who has ridden off into the morning sunrise with the despicable Zeke Jones.

Jed's will to reach his family's original destination in Oregon is hampered by his lack of survival skills and the specter of the oncoming winter. Through an unlikely true friendship with a "Damn Indian", Pete Scares-the-Ponies, Jedediah learns and hones those skills. Instead of heading for Oregon, though, Jed finds himself in a little mining camp called Buckskin Joe in the early days of the great Pikes Peak gold rush.

His whole life takes a turn when the mysterious "Silverheels" comes to town and he experiences a love that will carry him through fifty years of solitude and beyond . . . the kind of love we all seek.

Jedediah's story will draw you into the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains in the early days of the territory that became the state of Colorado. Along the way, you will experience joy, sorrow, love and adventure, in this fictional explanation of the naming of one of Colorado's prominent mountains, Mount Silverheels.




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". . . a book that I believe all western fans will enjoy. . . a story of learning how to survive in the wilderness . . .a bittersweet love story . . ."  - Western Fiction Review

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"Thank you. Had to stay awake in order to finish it. Wonderful descriptions of the land. Great plot threads. And I cried at the end. It felt so real. Can't wait to read your next one."  - Ben Leichtling, PhD

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  • File Size: 2147 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: GoodStoryPress.com (January 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AW1C5V4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Short Read...Lots Of Sage Pioneer Truisms June 11, 2013
Format:Paperback
Into The Snow is one of the most enjoyable short reads I have experienced in quite some time. It is very well written, moves along at a nice pace, and truly I had a hard time putting it down. Fortunately with it being a short read I was able to finish it in one evening. In brief, the story spins a tale of a fictional mountain man that is old and dying and penning his memoirs of his younger days and his trail to where he has ended up. It's interesting, poignant, exciting, and best of all to me author John Erwin provides a good steady dose throughout of western old timer sage advice and truisms that I am familiar with in these kinds of novels and very much enjoy. For example early on in the book he writes:

"I observed at an early age that conversations between strangers, and sometimes between old time friends, are a lot like business transactions. Somebody usually comes out ahead in the end, even though the other party may be completely satisfied and not see the lopsided outcome. The key is to listen much and talk little"

At another point in the book it reads:

"One thing I noticed as my family moved west, leaving the wooded Mississippi valley behind for the scrub oak country that faded off from tall grass prairie to short grass prairie, that the shorter the grass gets, the bluer the sky becomes and the more deceiving distances can be"

These colorful, (and most very accurate mind you) observations made this book not only a pleasure to read, but educational in an old time mountain man wisdom way that readers of such historical fiction like me really get into. I not only very much enjoyed this fine read, but loved the poignant ending that for me came too soon, considering how much I was really appreciating this book. I highly recommend Into The Snow for a very welcome evening read that will actually leave you thinking about Jedediah P. Carpenter and his rustic trails end, long after the last page is turned... : )
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book dwells in the intimacy of a mountain man's relationships with the Rocky Mountains, with his traveling companions, and with his one true love. The prose is spare and tactile, evoking the hard landscape and the irregular surprises of unexpected outlooks, gullies, and hot springs. In all of my readings of the ancient classics, I have never before seen and smelled the intimacy of a funeral pyre, and Erwin provides it in the denouement of this partly historical, mostly fictional account. Erwin's book merits a delicious, slow read to admit the sensory details that must originate in part from Erwin's own rich experience of the mountains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IABookReviews.com gave this a 9.0/10.0! July 26, 2013
By Brandon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Rating: 9.0/10.0

Review: Being a person that isn't big into 'historical' fiction, I didn't know how well I would like this book. However, the way the book was presented, the story line, and the beautiful landscape descriptions quickly set my mindset of not putting the book down until I was done. At 105 pages, I was taken by surprise of the way the story came to life. After reading the book, I decided to do a little bit of research to see how true the history part of the story was, and I was shocked to find that it's very close in resemblance, so much so that I had to check Amazon to make sure this was fiction! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read...period. Any genre, any category, this book will keep you enthralled. A very beautiful work by Author John Erwin. I really hope to see more of his work!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book March 9, 2013
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This is a refreshingly original story based on well-researched historical details. I enjoyed the author's dramatic style and ability to bring the characters to life. The excitement of the Colorado gold rush, a bittersweet romance, and the quite satisfying end of a man who more than deserved his fate would make a wonderful movie. Even better would be more novels by Erwin based on some of the secondary characters in "Into The Snow."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb novel, a must-read book for all. January 5, 2013
By Grandma
Format:Kindle Edition
Outstanding historically based novel with amazing prose, filled with surprises. So descriptive, I felt like I was watching a movie unfold, that I was right there with the main character. Excellent writing and plot; true to life Colorado mountain country tale of adventure, love, justice and Western life of that era. Highly recommend to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Am All Over It October 21, 2013
By kccan
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This book was a gift, in more ways than one. Because it came from my son, I read it. It became my night time bed story,
and I purposely read only 10-12 pages a night as I found I didn't want it to end. Usually coming from a hectic day, as
most are, I was quickly transported to the mountains and blue, blue skies of Colorado....a state I almost called home in the
early '80s. I was deeply moved by the story of Jedediah and Emma, which far transcended what I thought would be a 'gold
rush' story, a subject that has never particularly interested me. And yes, I definitely see 'film' written all over it. But don't
even consider it, as it is a work in progress. Thank you, John, for such a wonderful and unique story. kc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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John has done an excellent job of taking one on a splendid journey into not only the mountains of this great country, but into the mind of a young man and the wonderful memories he holds so dear. I cant help but believe there's a touch of Jedediah P. Carpenter in all of us. In reading the accounts of his life, I could not help but to be taken back time and time again to an earlier time in my own life. Precious memories were rekindled as I followed Jed, "Into the Snow." Great job, my friend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Snow audio is available now
We had the privilege of reading this outstanding novel. John's style of writing is so captivating that My wife had I, along with Karen Carlson and 14 other voice artists, decided... Read more
Published 3 months ago by 3CanMedia
5.0 out of 5 stars Old-Timer Wisdom in a Bittersweet Tale
This is a beautiful story told with poetic prose. Jedediah P. Carpenter is a sympathetic character, though I read the novel somewhat reluctantly, dreading the end, but compelled to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dernhelm
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story Told In An Interesting Way
The history felt real, and the angle was fresh. I've never read anything exactly like this. Would have liked it to be longer and have had more time with the characters.
Published 9 months ago by cricket
5.0 out of 5 stars American Folklore
What a beautiful telling of a story fit for the pages of American folklore. This is the colorful imagining of how Mount Silverheels in the Colorado foothills procured its name. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sofia B
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the snow
Well done account of what might have been the story behind a Colorado legend. Believable characters and knowledge of the locale.
Published 13 months ago by Roberta Moellenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars life lines
This book is hard to read at times, but worth the time. Written as a review of his life it relates all that had happened to this hard-working man. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dorothy A. Smith
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John Erwin lives with his wife and four cats in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado. He published his first novel, "Into the Snow: the Testimony and Last Will of Jedediah P. Carpenter" a couple of months after his 57th birthday.

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