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Susan Gibbs

The Bend in the River

The Bend in the River
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Published by Hawkshadow Publishing Company
October, 2004
ISBN: 9780971466708
Independent Publisher Book Awards Semi-Finalist, 2005rnrnKansas, 1877: After the sudden, tragic deaths of her parents, seventeen year-old Emma Jorden is left an orphan and must fend for herself. She heads for the safety of a remote trading post, the only civilization in the region. On her journey, she becomes lost in a freak autumn blizzard and hovers near death. Shea Hawkshadow, a mixed-blood Cheyenne warrior, rescues her and takes her to the Cheyenne reservation in the Indian Territory. Following an impulsive love affair, Emma and Shea marry. Their marriage sparks condemnation amongst settlers and soon such intolerance escalates to attempted murder. Escaping with their lives and little else, Emma and Shea risk a journey across the vast western frontier. Many trials await the couple in their search for a life free from persecution. Emma masks her increasingly fragile emotional state until years of repression exact a dreadful toll. She battles to unearth the causes of her mental instability hindered by the lack of compassionate treatment in the 19th century. Emma�s transformation from a guileless girl into a complex woman with an unflinching will to survive is remarkable and moving. The Bend in the River is an absorbing saga of savagery, love, secrets, and healing.rnrn“The Bend in the River” (ISBN 9780971466708) is Gibbs’ debut novel. It was a hit with reviewers and readers and also a semi-finalist in the 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). rnrn“The Widow of Port Seaton” (ISBN 9780971466715), was praised for its rich historical details and moving love story. rnrnHer newest offering is “The Coachman” (ISBN 9780971466722), 2017, honored as a Distinguished Favorite of the 2017 Independent Press Awards for Historical Fiction.
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Adventure , Historical , Literary , Regional , Romance , Western , Women's
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