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Six Women starts with a Civil War battle and turns into several almost unbelievable love stories. This Historical Novel takes place on the Oregon Trail in the 1860s. It has love, adventure, and dangerous situations that will keep one up reading all night. It is an engaging story that also shows the physical strength and resolve of 6 very strong, purposeful and fascinating women. Early on: Martha hears something in the horse-barn. The hired hand now turned abductor is crouched in a dark corner waiting for his prey. He lunges at her and tries to wrestle her to the floor. Seventeen-year-old Martha defends herself against the would be rapist with a pitchfork. “Get away from me you bastard!” She stabs at him. Terrified, Martha feels she must run away. Will the attacker follow her, or did he die? She outfits her grandfather’s Conestoga wagon with a mule team and then must learn how to be a “mule skinner”. She heads for Missouri to join a wagon train that will guide her along the Oregon trail. Along the way, she is joined by other women who have also experienced abuse. All of the women get to tell their incredible stories as they build friendships, trust, compassion, and learn how to love again. These six women prove to be tremendously courageous as they fight off Indians, find and kill fresh food, and keep their wagons upright crossing flooded rivers. At last, love finds these women and six of the most incredible love stories unfold. Even after Martha’s mother tells her she is too ugly and too tall to attract a man, she comes up with the ultimate catch!
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Wanda Reed was borne in Yuma AZ. and grew up in California. In her early years, she was a tomboy and had a great fondness for books. When she was in the third grade, she read over 100 books. The first novel that she read was “Black Stallion”. She has had a love of horses, dogs, and western movies throughout her life. These interests show up early in “Six Women West”. She was still in diapers when she brought her first dog home. The dog was an Irish Wolf Hound and was taller than her. Riding her first mule and owning her first horse fueled her interest in the West. The roots of “Six Women West” can also be found in the author’s strong interest in Western movies. She and her husband spent 4 years walking across the US 1985. Along the way they also walked the Oregon Trail and the knowledge from this journey is central to “Six Women West”. They also visited historical sites including plantation houses and slave quarters. With encouragement from fellow writers, she began writing the novel that kept running through her mind. "Six Women West" will be the first in a series of books that follows the unfolding of the lives of 6 fascinating, engaging and courageous women. Today, Wanda and her husband periodically travel to the Oregon coast.
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