Book - A Permanent Home
If you are wanting to get a feel for how life was like back in the early 1800’s in Arkansas (then known as Arkansas Territory), these books are for you! Greta Marlow is wonderful at creating page-turner works of historical fiction! There are currently 3 books in the series that immerse you in the day to day life of a pioneer family that travels to the Arkansas River Valley area of our state.
A Permanent Home is the second book in the series.
“The sequel to His Promise True continues the story of young pioneers John David and Maggie McKellar. John David dreams of building a home in the mountains of Arkansas Territory, despite a government treaty giving the land to the Cherokees. He tries to get around the treaty, first by squatting illegally on the land and later by going with other white settlers to stake an early claim in the disputed area called Lovely's Purchase. Nothing works, though, and he blames his failures on the Cherokees, especially Elwin Root, a young warrior who seems intent on stealing Maggie's affections, the one thing John David thought was secure. Desperate to feed his family, John David takes work with the federal agent for the Cherokees, even though he views the Indians as his enemy. By the time another treaty moves the Cherokees farther west, it's not so easy for John David to say who the real enemy is. When a former ally threatens to once again deny him a chance at the land he wants, he'll have to swallow his pride and rebuild some long-neglected bridges to get what he wants-a permanent home.”
“Excellent. Dialog fit the historical time period and the characters were portrayed as human and realistic. Highly recommend, especially if one is interested in Territorial Arkansas history and development.” -Debra
-By Greta Marlow, Hagarville, Arkansas
-Book is signed by author!
-Greta Marlow teaches at the College of the Ozarks and co-owns Happy Horseshoe Farm with her husband Jeff.