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Trail of Storms

(The Owen Family Saga #5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  15 reviews
After her sister suffers a brutal attack, Jessie Bingham and her family flee post-Civil War Virginia and endure a perilous trek to New Mexico Territory. When she hears her former sweetheart, James Owen, has taken a wife, Jessie accepts Ned Heizer's marriage proposal on the condition they wait until journey's end to wed. But then Jessie encounters James again . . . and he i ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 11th 2009 by iUniverse (first published March 1st 2009)
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May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I found a few scenes in the beginning of this book a little disturbing, and the romance between James and Jessie felt a little too rushed for me towards the end, but I'm giving this book 5 stars because the overall storytelling and writing were so superior to many other books I've read this year. No overdose on adjectives or annoying eye rollings or head bobbings when a simple "she nodded her head" would do. Marsha Ward knows how to write smoothly and well in a style that enhances, rather than d ...more
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
First a disclaimer: To enjoy this book you MUST have read Ward's two previous books! There is no hint of it being a series, so I bought it thinking it could stand on its own. It doesn't. The entire plot line depends heavily on storylines that have played out before. The most important being Jessie and James (main characters) previous relationship, parting, and his subsequent marriage to another woman. We find him in this book just one week after the death of his much beloved wife. Without the ba ...more
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Trail of Storms by Marsha Ward

In this 3rd installment of Marsha's excellent Western series, we find Jessie Bingham and her family fleeing post- Civil War Virginia after her sister is brutally attacked. Since hearing of James being lost to her, she agrees to marry her childhood friend, Ned Heizer, injured from the war and traveling with his brother to catch up with their friends, heading to Albuquerque. When Jessie and James reconnect, Jessie feels beholden to her promise to Ned, though she can't
Anna del C. Dye
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The third book in Marsha Ward's series is a must read for all who like western settings, history and a great love story.

The aftermath of the Civil War creates cruel circumstances for the Bingham family. A brutal attack on Jessie's sister, Hannah Fletcher, drives the extended family to flee to the West. They are soon joined by Heppie Bingham's beau George and his brother, Ned, who bring news that the Binghams are being pursued by cronies of Hannah's attacker. Even after they fight off that onsla
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this book over the weekend, and I really enjoyed it. It's been quite awhile since I've read a western (I'm a former Louis L'Amour fan). I enjoyed the historical details, and the story as a whole was intriguing. There was always something new happening, and the author didn't shy away from the challenges and difficulties of the frontier.
Valerie Steimle
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Westerns never have been my forte but this series is different. The story is addictive and you'll finish the book wanting more. Read
In her third novel about the Owen family, award-winning author Marsha Ward reunites Jessie Bingham and James Owen in a bewildering tangle of values, emotions and high adventure.

Jessie Bingham (the herorine of the story) put heartbreak away to tend to her sister's needs, but when she settled for second best in love, she didn't foresee that James Owen would come back
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Book 3 of the Owen Family saga goes back to where they came from and brings in some more families that end up going west to start over. One of the Owen's brother's who was featured in book 2 runs into a gal he loved within one of those families that came west. The story was well written but by the time I got 3/4's the way through the book it started to feel drawn out and the Owen's brother a bit whiney over his loss. The Mormon's part started to feel a little "preachy" to me.
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Marsha's writing just gets better and better. I didn't want to put the book down. I've shared this book and the others Marsha has written with friends here in the Marshall Islands. They as well as I can't wait for the next book and are asking me when it will be finished. Keep up the great writing Marsha! We are enjoying how your writing takes us away to another time and place.
Teralee Deighton
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Marsha Ward writes about the old west in such a way that the modern reader feels a part of it all. It's not gun fights and outlaws but normal people in difficult times. Ms. Ward's characters are believable and face the hard questions in life with integrity and old fashioned good sense.
While I didn't think this book was quite as strong as the other two, it's a must-read if you've already finished "The Man From Shenandoah" and "Ride to Raton." I hope the author returns to the Owen family and their friends for future books.
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was written by my friend Marsha Ward. I haven't read it yet, but her other books were great and I'm looking forward to this one.
Susan Slack
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and finished it in a few days. Just couldn't put it down. Marsha Ward is an exceptional writer.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked by the first couple pages! Historical fiction after the Civil War! Clean reads! Check the rest in this great series.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great ending to the series.
May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Quite a long story
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Marsha Ward is the author of the American Civil War era novels that make up "The Owen Family Saga:" Gone for a Soldier (which takes place during the Civil War), The Man from Shenandoah, Spinster's Folly, Ride to Raton, and Trail of Storms. Marsha also is an accomplished poet, a mentor, conference presenter, and the founder of American Night Writers Association, Inc. (ANWA). She lives in the heart ...more

Other books in the series

The Owen Family Saga (5 books)
  • Gone for a Soldier
  • The Man from Shenandoah
  • Spinster's Folly (The Owen Family Saga, #4)
  • Ride to Raton