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Missouri Territory, 1846: Driven by angry mobs, thousands of Latter-day Saints flee their homes in the eastern United States. They gather west of the Missouri River to wait out the winter and hope they survive hunger and disease. A church leader unveils a shocking, divine revelation to teenage sisters Aveline and Frances Bowmore: they must marry married men. The specter of polygamy promises heaven. Aveline and Frances feel compelled to obey. They become plural wives. The loss of each other's support while faced with angry sister-wives and husbands they'd just met stretches their willpower to the breaking point. Aveline's world shatters when gentle Frances is brutally strangled. Grief-stricken, Aveline trusts the camp police chief to find the pious Mormon's killer, but the chief stalls his investigation. She presses him and Frances' husband for answers. Aveline's husband orders her to cease—how dare she question men? Time is running out to discover the truth about Frances's murder. Spring approaches and the Saints prepare for the overland journey west to Zion. Aveline quietly defies her husband. She discovers secrets of powerful men—secrets they don't want revealed.
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Barbara Townsend's writing journey began at the University of Wyoming. Her first fiction writing class inspired her to write a mystery. The thought of twists, turns, red herrings, clues and making them fit into one story fascinated her. That first short story, Murder at Wainwright, she later wrote into Clear and Convincing Evidence. In another semester, an internship in the Toppan Rare Books Library led her into different direction. With books dating from the 1800s, she examined women in nineteenth-century Mormon polygyny. Her research paper won a student competition at the university's American Heritage Center. Her accumulated research led to the novel Blood Atonement, a historical mystery. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art. Blood Atonement was Barbara's first trade-published novel followed by Clear and Convincing Evidence. She lives with her husband in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains.Review:
A powerful and haunting novel. Barbara Townsend hasan uncanny ability to evoke the lives of Mormon women in 1846 shortly after theproclamation of plural marriage. We root for the women as they struggle for theirrights in a world turned upside down. Read Blood Atonement for thehistory, the compassion and the understanding that Townsend brings to hercharacters, and for the spellbinding story. Just read it!
- Margaret Coel: Killing Custer; Wind River Mystery series
I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Atonement, the new historical thriller written by Barbara Townsend. After reading and loving Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer ten years ago, and seeing a great documentary about Mountain Meadows, I became interested in the darker details of Mormon pioneer history. Barbara Townsend's book touches on that history -- it conveys a real sense of historic detail and accuracy, yet at the same time it manages to be a real page-turner. This book is a great window into a fascinating chapter in the American Pioneer experience -- and is a satisfying crime novel to boot. If you know anything about the Mormon's migration west -- or if you know nothing about it at all, you will enjoy this book.
- Robert Ben Garant: Screenwriter, Night at the Museum
Enter a world where women share a husband--only acurtain separates intimate moments as jealously, pain, and despair build eachday in their male dominated world. Discover a tenderness between sisters rent apart asevil individuals twist a religious course to fit their malicious intentions.Don't miss this absorbing mystery of a pioneer journey of Latter day Saints,its blessings and curses in the infancy of its church.
- Patricia Frolander: MarriedInto It; WyomingPoet Laureate, 2011-2013
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Book Description Writers AMuse Me, 2013. Paperback. Condition: Good. Signed. Includes a neat (unverified) dedication by the author. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0007583962