High Mountain Winter: A Novel of the Trail West

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Categories: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Renaissance E Books/PageTurner | Date published: 10/22/2005


Based on a True Story of a Pioneer Woman's Courage! Written by Western Writers of America Spur Award finalist, Ardath Mayhar, High Mountain Winter is a gripping novel with the ring of truth, because it actually happened. Left alone in a covered wagon in the most desolate, snow-bound mountains in the US, a young woman survives all that nature can throw at her. Here is how the author describes the genesis of this stunning novel. "With the westward journey of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman in 1836, expansion of the United States to the Pacific began in earnest. That first trek proved both women and wagons could make the almost two-thousand-mile migration, and by 1850 the ruts were already worn deep. Starting at either Westport Landing, Missouri, which was later to be named Kansas City, nearby Independence, or at Kanesville, Iowa, now Council Bluffs, the emigrants set off across the plains toward their goals. In 1848, unsuccessful revolutions took place in several kingdoms of Europe, and . displaced people fled the turmoil of their own country and went west to America. Heat and cold, dust and floods and catastrophes didn't stop their progress across the wide land. Those spared by cholera and accidents and occasional Indian raids became the ancestors of at least some of those now living in the West. Maryla Stoner's winter sojourn is based upon an actual occurrence. There was, indeed, a young woman who survived a high mountain winter, all alone in a covered wagon, after her father and brothers went away to hunt and failed to return. Now go with me and follow the Oregon Trail, in 1850, with the last wagon train to leave Westport Landing before the season was too far along to allow safe passage. Meet the assortment of people who set their faces toward the setting sun, in pursuit of a dream that our kind has never quite lost." Ardath Mayhar lives on a ranch in East Texas.