From the Author
Unlike some of the more pampered Victorian women of the 19th century who spent much of their time planning ways to capture a beau's attention, the women of the Western frontier had to focus on surviving in a rugged land. Like their hardy male counterparts, they needed to be strong--ready and willing to stand on their own two feet.
A move to the northern part of the state a number of years ago put me within an hour's drive of Prescott, Arizona's first territorial capital. There, I made numerous visits to Sharlot Hall Museum, learning about the beginnings of the territory and exploring the rambling log cabin that served as the original governor's "mansion."
I love the way Prescott's history has been preserved. The layout of the downtown area is much the same as it was in the earliest territorial days. The more time I spent wandering around the town plaza, the more I could picture it filled with people going about their business in a bygone era. The results of those fanciful musings eventually formed the basis for the characters and happenings in Land of Promise.