Fearless: A Novel of Sarah Bowman

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Ballantine Pub., 1998 - Fiction - 388 pages
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Author of the highly acclaimed Ride the Wind, Lucia St. Clair Robson is blessed with what Anne Rivers Siddons calls "an extraordinary ability to hear the particular human music that runs deep in history." Now, in Fearless, Robson's special gifts are at their brilliant best in the portrayal of Sarah Bowman, a stunning, six-foot, cayenne-haired woman whose passion, courage, and kindness made her a living legend of the American West.

Riding tall against the sun-bleached indigo of the Texas sky, Sarah Bowman was a force of nature all her own. Famous for her wit, ready and radiant smile, and shining green eyes, the strong-willed Tennessee woman participated in the Florida campaign against the Seminoles. She survived snake-filled swamps, bullets, alligators and disease, and married a man who admired her boundless spirit.

In 1845, Mexico would not relinquish its claim to Texas, and the U.S. prepared for war. Under the command of General Zachary "Old Rough and Ready" Taylor, Sarah signed on as a laundress and cook and bivouacked with Taylor's army in Corpus Christi, preparing for an attack by Mexico. Before the war even began, though, her husband was killed. But going home was out of the question. She considered the army her home and its soldiers her family. Nowhere else would her courage and compassion be so much needed and appreciated.

While battle raged around her, Sarah became a familiar figure through the haze of sulfurous blue smoke and the stench of exploding gunpowder, riding among the flames to retrieve the wounded. Through the long years of bitter battle, she would find love in the arms of a sergeant with eyes as golden as a flame, and friendship in the company of Cruz, a Mexican woman whose personal history encompassed the war in all its passions and horrors.

In Fearless, Lucia St. Clair Robson opens the doors to history and brings us into the life of a truly remarkable woman. Colorful and sweeping, this breathtaking novel captures both our heritage and our heart.

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Section 2
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Section 3
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\Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in South Florida. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and a teacher in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. She has also lived in Japan, South Carolina, and southern Arizona. After earning her master's degree in Library Science at Florida State University, she worked as a public librarian in Annapolis, Maryland.  She is the author of the historical novels Mary's Land, Light a Distant Fire, Ride the Wind, The Tokaido Road, and Walk in My Soul. She lives near Annapolis in a wooded community on the Severn River.

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