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Book 4 of 5 in the Owen Family Saga Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: WestWard Books (November 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988381001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988381001
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,717,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the southwestern United States; and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She became a storyteller at an early age, regaling her neighborhood friends with her fanciful tales during after-school snacks. 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 southern part of Arizona. Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed post-American Civil War novel series, The Owen Family Saga. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Pikes Peak Writers, and LDStorymakers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to spoil her grandchildren, travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books. Visit her website at marshaward.com.

Customer Reviews

This book will grab you, pull you in, and keep you begging for more.
KachinaNova
I will definitely read more by this author and recommend it to anyone who likes westerns, or just a good yarn.
Jonesy
Ward is a talented author who weaves together yet another wonderful tale.
J.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Coulter Bellon on February 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was a little hesitant to pick up this book because it's the fourth in a series, (The Owen Family Saga) but I've been reading a lot of historicals lately and this one looked promising. Marsha Ward is known for her attention to detail and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could read this as a stand alone and really get into the characters even though I hadn't read the previous three books in the series.

It's the story of a family in the Colorado territory, trying to make a go of it, The oldest daughter, Marie, is afraid she will never get married because there aren't a whole lot of suitable young men for her to consider. There's a neighboring farmer's son, whom her father chooses, a cowhand who is sweet, but not of her class, and a sophisticated man from town who professes his love. Marie's choice takes her in unexpected directions and down a path of danger. It really is a riveting story that takes you back to the time period.

I think Ms. Ward did a wonderful job on her descriptions and on making the characters come to life. There were a few instances where our heroine seemed a bit naive and I guessed the ending pretty accurately, but I really enjoyed the journey. It was a quick afternoon read and it immersed me in the lives of this family. I wasn't sure I liked westerns per se, but Spinster's Folly showed me that I really can like a western--especially one as well-written as this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KachinaNova on November 25, 2012
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Once I started reading this book I found myself trapped in the story. I simply could not bring myself to put it down. This book will grab you, pull you in, and keep you begging for more.

-- SPOILER ALERT Below --

Spinster's Folly was an amazing book delivering a fast paced, enthralling story of a young woman seeking a husband. She presses her father to find her a suitor only to find the man he chose would never love her. In her despair at the coming wedding, she is seduced by and flees with a dangerous man with ill intentions. As she endures the wicked man she ran off with, she comes to realize what she wanted in a husband was under her nose the whole time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonesy on May 8, 2014
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As usual, I will skip the synopsis, as it is available for everyone to read themselves. I liked the scrappy, down-to-earth family and the heroine is real and believable. She is a strong gal who makes a mistake, but isn't overwhelmed by it. The hero might be just a bit too good to be true, but isn't that what we are all looking for in a western novel? I will definitely read more by this author and recommend it to anyone who likes westerns, or just a good yarn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By proad on May 6, 2014
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I have enjoyed the Owens Family Saga. I have been looking for a final book that wraps everything up. Hope to see one soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. on February 19, 2013
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Ward is a talented author who weaves together yet another wonderful tale. I highly recomend this book for anyone who enjoys captivating, character driven stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leona on November 5, 2014
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I loved every book in this series. Marsha Ward created a family with depth and feelings. you can not help but laugh, cry and love with the Owen clan.The writing is masterful. the trials that women faced are clearly explored. I have but one complaint and that was the next installment had not been written. you will love this book as a stand. alone but will appreciate it more if you read the whole series. it is well worth the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce DiPastena on June 7, 2014
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"Spinster's Folly" is another winner of a Western by Marsha Ward! As always, she captures the voice of the west in an authentic but accessible way for the reader. It’s fun to visit old characters from her previous books, while wondering what Marsha might have up her sleeve for characters who will undoubtedly be demanding their own stories in the future. Marie’s story was touching as she wrestled with her impending “spinsterhood” at the advanced age of eighteen. (A valid worry for a woman her age in that day and time, especially one growing up in the relative isolation of the Western frontier.) As a result, Marie makes some rash decisions that are compounded by her honest, hard working, but somewhat clueless father when it comes to his daughters. These decisions thrust Marie into a nightmare that only her own ingenuity and a faithful cowboy can ultimately rescue her from.

While I found the family relationships within the Owen family vividly and realistically drawn, I would have enjoyed the story spending a little more time developing the relationship between Marie and the cowboy, Bill Henry, and a little more time spent showing how a slick gamester temporarily tricked away Marie’s heart. I feel that Marsha Ward is a writer of such high caliber that she could have stretched this book out a little longer to more fully explore these particular crucial relationships. (Though I confess this is simply a quibble from a reader who enjoys somewhat longer books when they’re as well written as this one is!) But quite aside from this personal “wish”, I thoroughly enjoyed “Spinster’s Folly” and continue to look forward to more books by this author.
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More About the Author

Because Marsha was asked to provide this information, she says the book order in The Owen Family Saga is: 0-Gone for a Soldier, 1-The Man from Shenandoah, 2-Ride to Raton, 3-Trail of Storms, and 4-Spinster's Folly.

Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the southwestern United States; and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She became a storyteller at an early age, regaling her neighborhood friends with her fanciful tales during after-school snacks. 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 southern part of Arizona.

Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed post-American Civil War novel series, The Owen Family Saga. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Pikes Peak Writers, and LDStorymakers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books. Visit her website at marshaward.com.

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