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Ride to Raton
Thinking he's been treated unjustly by his father, James Owen leaves the family homestead to make a new life for himself.
The turbulent world of post-Civil War Colorado Territory is fraught with danger and prejudice that increase his bitter loneliness as personal setbacks threaten to break him. Then James's journey brings him into contact with another wayfarer, beautiful young Amparo Garcés, who has come from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. Through a twist of fate, their futures are changed forever when their lives are merged in a marriage of convenience. James and Amparo undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, battling their personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms.
"Marsha Ward has the ability to grab readers by the lapels, yank them into her stories, and make them care deeply about her characters. In her newest novel, she combines joy and pathos with revenge and redemption, adding enough satisfying action and surprises to keep readers breathlessly looking forward to the next page. I thoroughly enjoyed Ride to Raton." ~writer Phyllis Dugan
"Ride to Raton is a pure western, complete with bad guys and broken hearts and even a dog. The sequel to The Man from Shenandoah features James Owen, the younger brother. Marsha Ward writes a fantastic romance against a vivid southwestern backdrop. James begins this book as a hurt young man, but by the end of the book, I really could see him grow up and become a man. Made tougher by circumstances he has no control over, James realizes that the love he thought he had lost was nothing compared to what Amparo shows him. Amparo is a young Hispanic lady, forced to leave her home in Santa Fe to marry a stranger in Colorado. She bravely faces her uncertain future, relying on her faith to get her through. She is sweet, loving and she provides a great contrast to James's rough exterior. With an ending that surprised even me, Ride to Raton is not your usual romance. However, I do recommend it for western lovers—even the cover is wonderful! Marsha Ward once again shows us her gift for old fashioned storytelling!" ~Jen Hill, Roundtable Reviews
"Marsha Ward is a wonder at developing her characters, and their dialog is so natural." ~Pat Nipper
"Marsha Ward's novel Ride to Raton reminded me why I swore off reading fiction: I can't put the story down. She has the ability to put you in the time and place and her use of imagery is a treat." ~Liz Adair, author of Counting the Cost
"Ride to Raton is the action packed story of a conflicted man who strives always to do the right thing. It will catch at your heart and stay with you long after you put the book down. Highly recommended." ~C.K. Crigger, Western Writers Newsletter