RJ’s Legacy is the final entry in the series of this beloved fictional character. The reader meets the adventurous RJ in RJ’s Journey and RJ’s Valley. Her life spanned the historical context of the Westward expansion in the late 1850’s through the Civil War, the pioneer days in Oregon, the Women’s Suffrage movement and World War I. In Legacy, RJ’s adult children reminisce about their mother’s life and the reader learns more about the strength of this pioneer woman.
The first in the RJ series, RJ’s Journey chronicles the trip by covered wagon from Missouri to Oregon. Rebecca Jemima Calloway is 12 years old when we meet her. “Journey” is RJ’s journal entries from December 1857 to the end of 1859. The journal entries in the book include the life her family left behind in Missouri, travel along the Oregon Trail and the Calloway family’s first year in Oregon Territory.
RJ is an adventurous, smart girl with siblings, cousins and friends to share life with. The pioneer spirit is strong in her as we see her mature through her journal entries. RJ’s Valley continues her story. More about “Valley” later.
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Mattie is a wife, mother, author and librarian we met at Midwest Parent Educators Expo recently. She has written historical novels with the stories told from a horse’s point of view. Check out Mattie’s books at appaloosybooks.com. My granddaughter was pleased to be able to buy one of Mattie’s books with her own money. Both Mattie and I had some great young readers come to our respective booths.
I appreciated meeting homeschool parents and students and seeing old friends. It is especially gratifying to have “repeat” customers who have enjoyed my books. Other vendors were great to visit with as well. We were next to Mattie from North Dakota. I will talk more about her in another post.
A young girl had been eyeing the RJ series and when she came to the booth near the end of the event she had the idea of bartering for the books. I was glad to take her up on her “deal” because the product she traded for the books was a great product I had been interested in. We were both happy with the trade.
My editor and I recently did a rewrite of Nelson’s Pond. The stories are the same, just polished a few things. We made a new cover and are happy with how the book turned out. Nelson’s Pond like all my other titles are available on Amazon.
April 1&2, 2022
One day a couple months ago I caught a photo of this young patriot. I have no idea what he was thinking. I think of freedom and peace and pride and all who love the country I call home.
My latest book (available on Amazon) is a story told by an old cowboy who had the adventure of a life time when he was a young man. George is the son of other fictional characters from the RJ series. He recalls traveling alone in the late 1800’s from Oregon to Texas with just his three horses as companions in search of a rancher who would take him on as a hand. All, I’ll say is, I hope you will enjoy George’s stories as much as I did writing them. I had a great Uncle George who ranched in eastern Montana. He was a humorous character and the model for the “cowboys” I write about in my books.
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