Across the Seasons

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Trafford Publishing, 2001 - Fiction - 215 pages
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Sarah Hanley and Osborne Russell live in different centuries, but their lives are connected in time. Russell began his journal (Journal of a Trapper) in 1834 when he joined Nathaniel Wyeth's second expedition of trappers to the wild regions of the Rocky Mountains. Sarah Hanley was given a copy of Russell's journal in 1984.

Sarah writes:

In my mind's eye I could see Russell, poised and frozen in time. He was sitting on his horse early in the morning, when the clouds lie down around the shoulders of the great mountains, and the air smells as if God has just created the earth. There, quiet and still, I could see him listening to the symphony of the wilderness and dreaming of the trail he was destined to carve across the mountains.

When Sarah trades for a mythical blanket that will take a horse and its rider across the seasons, she travels back in time and meets Russell on his way to the Rendezvous of 1838 on the Wind River.

Although there are no known photographs of Russell, in her first novel, Glise paints a vivid portrait of Russell and other legendary mountain men estranged from the comforts and privileges of civilization. Across the Seasons is a timeless love story. In the tradition of the finest historical fiction, Glise has written an adventurous tale that is guaranteed to please lovers of western history.

What Dr. Fred R. Gowans and Lyn Clayton of Brigham Young University are saying . . .

"The grandeur of the central and northern Rocky Mountains of the American west is the setting for the hisorical novel, Across the Seasons.

Laura Rugel Glise's dynamic twist of the wilderness career of legendary 19th century mountain man, Osborne Russell, is guaranteed to keep the reader in suspense and be overwhelmed by the startling conclusion. The previous concept of most readers, pertaining to the life and times of Osborne Russell, will be greatly altered by this unique work."

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