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Spinster's Folly (The Owen Family Saga) (Volume 3) Paperback – November 14, 2012
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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 and fiction 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 and several other writers' organizations. 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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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.
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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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.
I couldn't believe when she was kidnapped how close she came to her brother James and neither knew it.
When will Rod Owens learn not to make marriage arrangements for his children? Every one he did backfired.
Will Bill find Marie in time before she is ruined? Will he ever be able to save her and take her home to her parents?
This story shows the false love and the true love of a man, I found it sad and emotional. Yet so touching. You must get this book and read it for yourself.