VOYAGE TO SANTA FE by Janice Holt Giles


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A newcomer in an established lineage, this picks up one of the passengers-in name anyway- from the earlier titles as Johnny Fowler, with his new young wife, Judith, leads a wagon train to Santa Fe. Among the twenty men there's his second in command, Jesse Cooper, whose friendship for Johnny is not immune to his feelings for Judith who, as the only woman along, has her uses but also incurs resentment and the lust of coarse Bullitt Trice; then there's Legette, the runaway Negro who represents another danger; the young Mexican, Manuel, and the old reprobate Parley Wade who proves the most loyal. They cross rough terrain; bears and Indians extend the casualties; the heat and drought bring sunsickness; some lose heart and falter. But their destination brings the bright promise of a new country; a strong man and a steadfast woman have learned the abc's of marriage; and others who have followed this long, long trail will have found it plumb full of homely detail and early American virtues- not the least of these being courage and endurance. But Miss Giles, who writes primarily for women, has less of a heroine and a personal drama than in her other books to attract them.

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 1962
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin