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Toward A New Beginning (The Arkansas Valley #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  350 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Although Sam Bartlett enjoyed a successful horse-supplying business in Independence, Missouri, he was none-the-less envious of the hundreds of folks who passed through on their way west. Unable to stand it any longer, he convinces his wife, Judith, to pull up stakes, pack up their three-year-old son, Tom, and accompany him on a journey that turns out to be much more than ...more
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published January 11th 2014 by Amazon (first published January 31st 2002)
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May 30, 2013 Sheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is kind of like watching a Hallmark movie or Little House on the Prairie. The Indians definitely did not talk like these Indians. I won't be reading any more of the series.
(I do like Hallmark movies and I did like Little House on the Prairie :)
Aug 02, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Seriously, I know this happens in other genres, as well, but sometimes Christian fiction seems to be the worst about accepting bad books just because they talk about God. This book is set in the 1800s on a wagon train, and they talk like modern day hicks. Really! One of them said something, and then said, "Pun intended." I kid you not!

I know there was a story. All kinds of bad things happened to the wagon train, but I couldn't really tell you what those things are, because I was too busy rollin
Trudy E
Nov 10, 2016 Trudy E rated it really liked it
As Sam and Judith (known as Jay) once again uproot and move further west, they and their young son, Tom, join a wagon train. As the first installment in a series, I felt the story was engaging and found myself rooting for this brave band of pioneers who join the family on the trek. Full of adventure, hardship, and Indian encounters, anyone who enjoys historical fiction for this time period would most likely enjoy this book.
SUMMARY: This book won the Christy Award Winner for "Excellence In Christian Fiction."

Although Sam Bartlett enjoyed a successful horse-supplying business in Independence, Missouri, he was none-the-less envious of the hundreds of folks who passed through on their way west. Unable to stand it any longer, he convinces his wife, Judith, to pull up stakes, pack up their three-year-old son, Tom, and accompany him on a journey that turns out to be much more than either of them could have imagined.

Jan 24, 2016 Beverly rated it liked it
Sam and Judith (Jay) Bartlett live in Independence, Missouri. He raises and sells horses and Jay keeps house and raises their son Tom. Sam really wants to head further west--following the hundreds of folks that he sees coming thru Independence. He convinces Jay that they should go west as well and start a horse business there. They finally head out as part of a wagontrain with 2 wagons--one for the family and one for all the things that Jay doesn't want to leave behind. They hire a young man ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Toward a New Beginning was about a wagon train of families and the hardships that they faced. There were many ups and downs both in the content as well as the way I felt about this book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read and it kept me interested from start to finish. The issues that I had with it were purely about the grammer used. The author seemed to go in and out of the period that the book was written in. It wasn't a huge issue, just something that was distracting ...more
Nov 28, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it
This was one of the most disappointing books I've read all year, out of more than 300 fiction and non-fiction books! Seeing it was a Christy award winner, I truly expected more. The extensive errors in syntax and spelling were a distraction, the constant use of extraneous wording and colloquialism was poorly executed. The author used phrasing such as "he was fixin' to do some thinkin' on the subject" as part of the narration, instead of only in dialogue. I would recommend that any true fan of ...more
Sandra Barnett
Sep 21, 2015 Sandra Barnett rated it really liked it
Arkansas Valley

I choose this book because of the Christian theme. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about the west. It's filled with excitement and suspense. I laughed about some of the characters behavior during that time. Very good and interesting read. Good job
Oct 29, 2012 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Read on TDY trip with Larry to Baltimore - on Tiffany's kindle. Reminds me of the trek the Mormon pioneers. Hard to imagine walking all those miles and seeing nothing before you but wide open range and being totally dependent on the Lord to guide you - for safety and to find food and water sources.
Lisa C.
Jun 25, 2016 Lisa C. rated it did not like it
I tried very hard, twice, to get to the end of this book and finally gave up. The only way I could describe it is the author tried too hard to make it a western. I had to suspend belief too many times during their journey. The characters were not that great and I didn't see many historical aspects to it. Where are the descriptions, the 'feel' that you're on a wagon train.
Mary Beth
May 28, 2015 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
This novel is a Santa Fe trail expedition. The trek quickly develops into one of extreme hardship and survival that is further complicated by: dangerous weather, raging river crossings, unique personalities in the wagons, hostile Indian attacks, hunger, water shortage vengeance, courage, romance, and biblical principles.
Dianne Sidebottom
I enjoyed this story. Songbird character made the story. Sad that the horses died from arrows. Some of those who went west must have believed God wanted them to journey n witness to others. This one written by a man's perspective.
Diane Trimble
May 21, 2014 Diane Trimble rated it really liked it
A very good book

it is a very good book. It has a lot of fun and true facts in it. It is a good story plot. And with hardly any bad words in it makes it easy to use and enjoy

robert palmer
Jan 12, 2014 robert palmer rated it liked it
Slow at first but got better as t book went along not the v best western I've r but n the wo

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E Dwayne Shepard
Dec 08, 2014 E Dwayne Shepard rated it really liked it
A good beginning.

In you are interested in the old west and the trials and tribulations the early settlers endured, then this. Is a great book. It is a easy read. It also shows the strong religious undertone that was in the Arkansas settlers.
Feb 15, 2016 EmileBeridon rated it really liked it
Giddy up

A slow start that picked quickly. Makes you wonder about the early western settlers and that period of Western American History. On to book two of the series.
Ever read a book, knowing there will be a twist and the twist that happens is one you don't like? That happened in this book to me.
Mar 06, 2015 LISA BOWMAN rated it it was ok
Didn't finish the book

Lost interest. Not a lot of spiritual meaning. Looking for a better read that points to spiritual truths and meaning
Darlene Law
Feb 10, 2013 Darlene Law rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different twist for a historical novel. Sort of makes you think of what you might do in the same circumstances.
Feb 27, 2014 Truitti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent western with a bit of wholesome romance. I felt as if I were on the Santa Dr trail in a covered wagon, walking along side the characters.
Margaret Klein
Dec 23, 2014 Margaret Klein rated it it was ok
Lost Interest.

An wagon train leaving Independence Missouri, Indians attacks, and crossing fast moving rivers. All I can say is Mind numbing boring.
Beni West
Feb 17, 2014 Beni West rated it really liked it

I enjoyed the descriptions of characters and events very much! Similar stories could've happened thousands of times as new territories were explored.
Aug 17, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very simple story incorporating all the typical events rumored to have occurred while settling the west.
Cathherine M. Muncey
Oct 23, 2014 Cathherine M. Muncey rated it it was amazing
Good book, just did not like how it ended

It was a good book, just did not like how it ended...Will definitely read more of the same types of these
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Dec 01, 2013
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Shirley Martinez rated it it was ok
Jan 10, 2015
Sherry rated it it was amazing
Mar 18, 2014
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Originally from central California, I successfully made the transition to Colorado in 1981, and have remained here ever since.

I first began writing fiction in 1997 while on a bowhunting trip to the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of beautiful central Colorado. The desire to write that initial novel just kinda flared up after having read a few books by Author/Evangelist, Al Lacy. I wrote that first nove
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