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The Homesteader's Legacy
Mary Jean Kelso
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A young girl's scream, a baby's wail, and a toddler's cry broke the quiet of the countryside near Moriarty, New Mexico. Although unheard by neighbors too distant to help, their voices screeched a heartrending cry.

Their mother lay writhing in pain at their feet.

A young girl’s scream, a baby’s wail, and a toddler’s cry broke the quiet of the countryside near Moriarty, New Mexico. Although unheard by neighbors too distant to help, their voices screeched a heartrending cry.

Their mother lay writhing in pain in the dirt at their feet.

Only moments before, Molly Westerman had stood on the steps of her fine home, her eyes contentedly scanning her surrounding one hundred and sixty acres of farmland.

It had been a challenge to reach this level of success. She was proud of the work the whole family had done to make their dream come true.

She’d smiled as she’d looked at the windmill’s blades spinning in the hot afternoon breeze. They’d reminded her of the day her husband, Trace, had come into their lives. At first, she had thought him a drifter, up to no good--untrustworthy. Later, she had thought her heart would burst with happiness when she learned their love was mutual.

Two of her stepchildren, from her first marriage, Rosie and Seth, were busy with chores nearby: Rosie, behind her, rocked baby Jacob in the cradle his proud father had made him. Eight-year-old Seth piled firewood beneath the big black kettle so Molly could make lye soap. Little Emmy, Molly and Trace Westerman’s first born, clung to her mother’s skirts as they watched Molly’s eldest stepson, Andy, ride his beautiful black horse, Comet, along the back fence line. The variegated gray and white dog, Crazy Leg, bounded behind, barely out of reach of Comet’s back hooves.

Life could not get much better than this, Molly had thought happily.

Then, she clutched her chest and lurched forward, falling from the front porch steps and landing on her knees in the soft dirt before her.

“Ma! What’s wrong?” Rosie shrieked.

Emmy cried out as her mother’s forward movement dragged the toddler, whose fists were entwined in the fabric of her bright yellow skirt, to the ground with her where she lay now, face down in the good earth.

The pain in Molly’s chest was like a bullet ripping through her flesh and she gasped trying to catch her breath and wondering if she had been shot.

What is wrong?

Molly’s palms were on the ground and she clutched her fingers into the granular soil trying to withstand the pain.

“Ma!” Rosie screamed again, as she ran to Molly’s side.

Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre author and a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News, Fernley Today and other Nevada Appeal subsidiaries. She has been published in many newspapers and magazines, both as a writer and photographer. She was an Assistant Editor for three pharmaceutical magazines before concentrating on fiction. Her books include titles for children, young adults and adults. They are the historical and contemporary mysteries, romances and suspense novels. Previously published novels by Mary Jean Kelso include: Mystery in Virginia City, A Virginia City Mystery, and the third printing, Goodbye is Forever. The sequel is Abducted! The third in the series is Sierra Summer. Other titles include Goodbye, Bodie, Kat’s Cradle, The Homesteader, The Homesteader’s Legacy, Blue Coat, The Christmas Angel, its sequel One Family’s Christmas and the Andy and the Albino Horse series. Back to the Homestead is the 3rd in The Homesteader series.

Goodbye Is Forever - Nancy Drew has competition, Lynne Garett is in town. In a well constructed tale, a young woman learns how to deal with her amputation and how to rely on herself. On a vacation she becomes involved in a mystery that, in fact, is related to her. Mary Jean reveals the mystery layer by layer. The author has created a role model for young women everywhere. I enjoyed this story and found it easy to identify with the heroine. I look forward to other books from this talented author. -- A.Dee Carey Wings-Press Author, Fox in the Mist 2004, Mark of the Fox 2005

Goodbye Is Forever - Ms. Kelso has written a very intense story. She weaves action with a great plot leaving the reader mesmerized until the dramatic conclusion. This story keeps one guessing until the last page. Ms. Kelso made the characters very believable all the way down to their expressions as well as the whole setting of the story. -- Linda L. Lattimer, Wings-Press.com Author, Skeletons Too Close To Home

Goodbye Is Forever - This book contains a lot of interesting characters and unforeseen plot twist. The bad guys really gave me goose bumps. It also gives the reader a little bit of Virginia City history, but it is written so well into the story that you don‘t even realize your learning until you put the book down. Lynne Garrett is an excellent role model, she doesn’t let her disability stop her from pursuing whatever it is she feels needs to be done. When you have finished reading this book you can find more of Lynne’s adventures in Abducted and Sierra Summer. -- Terri, Fallen Angel Reviews

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ISBN: 159705822X
ISBN(13-digit): 9781597058223
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 284
Paper Weight (lb): 12.0

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