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It's 1893 in the town of Gold Mountain and the Snoqualmie Valley of Washington state -- several years after the events of "Gold Mountain." Into this now peaceful community comes young Merrie Cowen, ready to give birth, while searching for the husband who has abandoned her. She will find no lack of those ready to comfort and protect her. There's Nils and Katherine Bengston, now proprietors of a prosperous inn. There's old Dr. Adams, who recognizes and nurtures in Merrie a burning need to help others. There's Brother Bill, the itinerant preacher, now ready to settle in Gold Mountain and head the church, if only he can find a wife to share the duties. And there's Jeff Smith, son of a Southern gentleman and owner of a profitable lumber camp -- a man never content with where he is, and uncertain what he wants. That is, until he meets Merrie. But Merrie is out of reach of any man, because she is already married. And just when he is least wanted, Jim Cowen steps back into Merrie's life. Vain, manipulative, delusional, abusive, he has made life a hell for Merrie during their brief marriage, and now may be a danger to their son. But can she find the strength to break free, when she has come to pity him as much as she once loved him? There in the valley -- in her new life, in her friends, in the man who has quietly won her heart, and in a mother's love -- she must find the answer to that question, and the key to her future. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Charlotte Paul (1916-1989) led a life marked by the pursuit of numerous careers -- news editor, wife, back-to-the-lander, freelance writer, mother, novelist, memoirist, parole board official -- and usually several of these at once. In the 1950s, she and her husband ran a small weekly newspaper in Washington state's remote Snoqualmie Valley, where she collected from old-timers the tales of the valley's pioneers. These tales she wove into two of her bestselling novels, "Gold Mountain" and "The Cup of Strength," later renamed "Wild Valley."
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SAMPLE Below, the river coursed noisily over a series of riffles. Jim stared at the water, still without speaking. Merrie sat up stiffly, as if a straight back established her independence of him. The silence stretched on. All at once, she couldn't bear it any longer. "Jim..." He turned toward her. "Merrie," he said earnestly, "listen to me. I've done just what you've always wanted me to do. I've found a home. A home of our own." Merrie caught her breath. It was as if her heart stopped for an instant and began beating again at a furious pace. "A home of our own," she repeated dully. "A homestead claim, with a cabin already on it. The man who build it left for the Yukon before he proved it up." "We've never even talked, you've never explained..." Merrie was too shaken to look at him. "Explain? I admitted that I'd failed, that I'd left you. That was almost a year ago. What is there to talk about now?" Merrie shook her head. Jim's hands fell on her shoulders. He turned her toward him and said roughly, "Look at me, Merrie. I've left you alone. I've given you time to think. Now it's time to remind you that I'm your husband." The casual suitor of the past weeks was gone. Jim's face was drawn with the intensity of his feeling. His dark eyes burned. "You're my wife," he said in a husky voice. "I've found a home for you. I have a right to take you there." "Months and months have passed..." Jim pulled her into his arms and kissed her. She tried to draw back, but his arms tightened and he kissed her again. No, no, no! her mind was crying. The kiss ended, he pressed his mouth against the soft hollow of her throat. "No!" she cried again, aloud this time, and jerked backward so suddenly that she broke free. She sat gasping for breath, tensed to jump to her feet if he should reach for her again. "How can you act as if nothing has changed? I was your wife, it's true. When you disappeared, I searched for you, that's true, too. But it wasn't because I thought that, if I found you, we'd be married as we had been. I looked for you because I had to know what had happened." "What happened is past." She shook her head. "No, don't you see? We haven't been together..." "I haven't touched you," he said angrily. "Is that what you mean? For weeks I've called on you and been polite and kept my hands off you. Do you think that makes you free of me?" "Yes," she said. In his absence, she had been free. Her mind still defied him. "You have no claim on me," she whispered, "not any longer. We haven't been man and wife for a long, long time." "We're going to be," he said hoarsely. "Now." ///////////////////////////////////////////////// BOOKS BY CHARLOTTE PAUL PHOENIX ISLAND. One lonely island, one tidal wave, nine survivors . . . Part techno-thriller, part romance, part wilderness survival story, part utopian novel, this most popular novel of Charlotte's sold over a million copies in the late 1970s and 1980s. SEATTLE. Epic tale of a Scandinavian family, their struggles, and their loves, in historic Seattle. Charlotte's last novel. GOLD MOUNTAIN. Pride and passion on the frontier of Washington state in the 1880s. Based on true stories of pioneers in the Snoqualmie Valley. WILD VALLEY (originally THE CUP OF STRENGTH). A follow-up to GOLD MOUNTAIN, with new faces and old, based on more true stories of Snoqualmie Valley pioneers. HEAR MY HEART SPEAK. An inspiring story of redemption for a young veteran suffering the emotional scars of war. Charlotte's first novel. A CHILD IS MISSING. A thriller inspired by and building on the Lindbergh kidnapping. THE EYE. A supernatural thriller about the memory that comes with an eye implant. MINDING OUR OWN BUSINESS. Charlotte's lighthearted memoir of rural newspaper ownership in Washington state's Snoqualmie Valley in the 1950s. AND FOUR TO GROW. Charlotte's less lighthearted but equally candid sequel to MINDING OUR OWN BUSINESS.From the Inside Flap:
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