Publication Date: January 31, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 306 Pages
Word Project Press
Follow the paths of Sarah and Will (or Sam) as they tell their stories of trust, secrets, and betrayal on the frontier in the old West. Their pioneer spirit helped to fuel the expansion into the Western territories of the United States. The two are historically on their separate journeys, yet they remain intimately connected. Through the fictionalized Western frontier tale of Sam and Sarah, the author, Beverly Scott, was inspired to reveal rumored secrets from her family history.
In 1878, Will is on the run after killing a man in a barroom gunfight. He escapes the Texas Rangers by joining a cattle drive as a cook headed to Dodge City. He struggles with the dilemma of saving his life or attempting to return to his pregnant wife and five children. Just when he thinks he might be able to return home, he is confronted by a bounty hunter who captures him and plans to return him to Fort Worth, Texas to be hanged.
Although Will changes his name to Sam, he remains an irresponsible, lonely and untrustworthy man on the dodge from the law who abandons the women he loves. He ultimately seeks redemption and marries Sarah.
In 1911, Sarah, a pioneer woman and widow with five children struggles to find the inner strength to overcome betrayal, loneliness, fears, and self-doubt. Her husband, Sam, thirty years her senior, died with a mysterious and defiant declaration, “I won’t answer!”. Despite poverty and a crippling illness, she draws on her pioneer spirit to hold her family together and return to Nebraska to be near her parents and siblings.
When Sarah returns to Nebraska she receives staggering news which complicates her efforts to support her children. She is shocked, angry and emotionally devastated. Since she is attempting to establish herself in the community as a teacher, she believes she must keep her secret even from her own family. Will Sarah find forgiveness in her heart and the resolve to accept her new life alone?
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews
“SARAH’S SECRETS: A Western Tale of Betrayal and Forgiveness” by BEVERLY SCOTT
Beverly Scott, author of “Sarah’s Secrets” does a wonderful job of describing the setting and plot for this story. Based on the author’s questions of her own family life, Beverly Scott takes us back in time to the 1880s to the old west, and Pioneer days. Life was simple but it was difficult to survive. There were Native Americans (Indians), wild animals, illnesses and the severe weather conditions that made it very difficult to live. It was hard to trust strangers in hard times looking for food or water.
The genres of this story are Fiction, and Historical Fiction, with the author taking poetic license to add the historical details to the fictional characters. There are major secrets and betrayals that will cause conflict with the main characters.
The author describes the characters as complex and complicated, courageous, brave, and struggling with secrets and to stay alive. The author takes us on an adventure as Sarah and Sam tell their stories of their lives in the wild west. Sarah is left as a widow with children to take care of five children after Sam’s death. Sarah is a former school teacher but in these times, single women and widows do not usually get jobs easily. The trip back home to her family is treacherous and dangerous.
Worse of all is the betrayal and consequences that Sarah has to learn to live with.
I liked Sarah and found her to be extremely tolerant and courageous. She was a wonderful caretaker and mother.
I appreciate that the author describes the importance of family, friends, love, hope, faith and forgiveness. I would highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
“Sarah’s Secrets” by Beverly Scott is part of HF Virtual Book Tours and will be on Lindas Book Obsession Blog on August 30,2017.
Beverly Scott on Blog Tour for Sarah’s Secret, August 14-September 4 – Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour
About the Author
Bev specialized in serving executives and managers as a leadership coach and organizational consultant for over thirty-five years. She taught organization psychology and founded The 3rd Act, a program whose mission supports positive aging. As she grew into her own third act, she started a genealogical journey to uncover the details of her grandparents’ lives. She concluded that the story needed to be told as fiction using the known facts as her framework.
“Sarah’s Secret: A Western Tale of Betrayal and Forgiveness,” Bev’s debut novel, is the culmination of her long-held desire tell the family story and confirm the whispered story about her grandfather.
Bev previously focused on publishing non-fiction work, including the second edition of “Consulting on the Inside,” which she co-authored with Kim Barnes, published in 2011. She has written numerous professional articles and contributed to “70 Things to Do When You Turn 70,” edited by Ronnie Sellers and Mark Chimsky. Bev blogs on several sites, including her own, “The Writing Life” on www.bevscott.com.
Bev enjoys traveling, visiting with friends, reading and spending time with her grandsons. She lives with her spouse in San Francisco.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 14
Kick Off at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, August 16
Feature at Pursuing Stacie
Thursday, August 17
Review at WS Momma Readers Nook
Monday, August 21
Feature at So Many Books, So Little Time
Tuesday, August 22
Review at A Holland Reads
Monday, August 28
Feature at A Literary Vacation
Wednesday, August 30
Review at Linda’s Book Obsession
Friday, September 1
Review at Creating Herstory
Monday, September 4
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Sarah’s Secret Blog Tour, August 14-31
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