On Sale: March 28, 2017
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Fiction | Historical | Western
Set in the early eighteen hundreds in the wild desert
wilderness of New Mexico Territory, Journey follows the
lives of three distinctly different characters whose
destinies are one: Journey, a fiercely independent,
sixteen-year-old of mysterious origins; Reuben Moon, the
stoic half Mexican, half Apache hunter who raises her;
and Esau Burdock, a brutal, pragmatic, and wealthy slave
The story opens on a November night in 1833, the sky on
fire with meteors, each character alone, experiencing the
storm. The narrative then delves into their individual
histories. But Journey, Reuben, and Esau’s stories soon
collide in the summer of 1834 when Esau holds a
rendezvous of horse racing and trading. Despite being
only sixteen, and a girl at that, Journey joins the race.
She doesn’t win, but she’s caught the attention of Esau.
A year later, a mountain lion is terrorizing the area and
Esau comes across Journey and Reuben in the desert as he
hunts for it. Journey has tamed a wild colt. The lion had
killed its mother then attacked the colt, but Journey
rescues it and nurses it back to health. Esau claims the
colt is his by the law of the land. Journey refuses to
give him up and so Esau threatens to hang her on the
spot. Instead, they make a deal: Journey can work at
Esau’s stables for six months to earn the horse.
And so she does. All the while the mountain lion
continues to kill and Esau broods. He is a successful
man, but he is a lonely one too, haunted by the death of
his first slave and lover, Livy, and by their daughter
Lilly Rose, both of whom betrayed him and are now dead.
The story comes to a fever pitch when Esau spots a
necklace Journey has worn her whole life, given to her by
her mother, a necklace once worn by Esau’s dead daughter,
Lily Rose. From there, the story races to an end, as
Esau, Journey, and Reuben are tested in ways they never
Brimming with action and panoramic in scope, in Journey
Foreman provides a breathtaking narrative with a heroine
you’ll never forget.
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