It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own

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Crossway Books, 1994 - Fiction - 188 pages
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Pepper Paige is sick and tired of her life. Sick of the fighting and emptiness that surround her as a dance-hall girl - and tired of fearing Jordan Beckett, a violent patron who has turned his attentions on her. Pepper gets her chance to escape when a woman injured in a stagecoach wreck dies in her room. Before she dies, the stranger - a refined, educated Christian - informs Pepper that she was on her way west to marry a rancher she knew only through his letters. Pepper decides to assume Suzanne's identity and get a fresh start in life. But unknown to Pepper, her fiance is not really Zach, the Christian man who'd been corresponding with Suzanne. Zach has been killed by Indians, and a prison escapee named Tap Andrews has decide to pass himself off as the rancher. What happens when the pair meet? Will they end their charade and embrace the truth aout each other's past, as well as the truth of God's love for them? Who will be left standing when Jordan tracks down Tap and finds out that he is about to marry Pepper?

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Stephen Bly was born August 17, 1944, Ivanhoe, California. Bly graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy from California State University, Fresno (1971). He was an American author who wrote over 100 books and many short stories, poems and articles. His books were primarily Western in genre. Bly's book, The Long Trail Home won the 2002 Christy Award in the Western Novel category. Bly had many series that he wrote during his lifetime including: the Rivers of Arizona Series, the Stuart Brannon Western Series, the Lewis and Clark Squad Series and the Horse Dreams Series. On June 9, 2011, Bly died at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston after a 5-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 66 years old. At the time of his death, he was working on his last fiction book, Stuart Brannon's Final Shot. His wife, Janet, and three adult sons finished the novel for him; it was released in 2012.

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