Eunice Boeve

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Along Shadowed Trails (formerly Ride a Shadowed Trail)





Joshua Ryder is eight when his mother is murdered. An old cowboy becomes the father he has never had and when he is dying asks Josh, now eighteen, to leave the ranch with their neighbor, Miguel, and get some experience working for another outfit. Riding Shadow, the buckskin he’s raised from a colt, Josh comes to the Rawlins’ ranch and hires on to help drive a herd of longhorns to Kansas. Martha Rawlins, the widowed ranch owner and her children, accompany the herd and she teaches Josh to read and write while on the trail. He becomes friends with the Rawlins’ son, falls in love with the older daughter, and adores her little sister, Kit. Another tragedy again changes the course of Josh’s life and he heads back to Texas to hunt down the man who murdered his mother.

Along Winding Trails (formally Crossed Trails)

Joshua Ryder, convinced he carries bad blood, leaves Texas in the spring of 1876 with a trail herd of longhorns bound for Montana. The following spring he heads west with plans to settle near the Pacific Ocean and live in solitude with just his books and horses for company. But a Nez Perce woman and her baby change his plans and he ends up in Virginia City, Montana. There an old washerwoman, a little girl of white and Chinese ancestry, a young woman with red curls, and a murder charge further complicate his life.

Along Winding Trails is the sequel to Along Shadowed Trails featuring the character, Joshua Ryder, in response to the readers wanting to know, “Well… what happened next?”

A Home in America

A Home in America is available at Rowe Publishing and through the author. See the live links at the top of the Quick Links column on the left. It is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets. This book contains the original NIE story of Eva and her family leaving Russia and arriving in Kansas, and continues on with their acclimation into their new home in America.

A Home in America, Book cover by Julie Peterson-Shea published by Rowe Publishing http://rowepub.com/a-home-in-america/
A Home in America begins in the year of 1892, with Eva and her family living in the Volga River area of Russia settled by their forefathers from Germany in the mid 1760s. They have always considered themselves to be German and have kept their language and traditions promised them, along with being exempt from military service, when they settled this part of Russia. But 130 years later, Russia is disregarding those earlier promises and many, including Eva's family believe they would be better off in America. Going to America, though, means leaving Great Grandmother behind. Great Grandmother, now old and blind, has been the only mother Eva has ever known, her own mother dying the day she was born. Father has remarried, but although she likes her stepmother very much, it is Great Grandmother whom she still considers her mother and she cannot bear even the thought of leaving this woman she has loved like a mother all her life. This story began as a Newspaper in Education story and was featured in five Kansas newspaper for 8 weeks beginning Jan. 5, 2016. and told of their journey to America. The rest of the story chronicles their next year when they settle on a farm near Herzog, Kansas.

Bobby Benson writing his dad a letter from home, his dad writing from a foxhole in Germany.
Wishing You Home is a 26-chapter book set in Kansas in 1945, the last year of the Second World War, and 1946, the year following the war. Bobby Benson, age 10, fears that his father will be killed fighting the war in Germany. Then the war ends, and Bobby can hardly contain his joy when he learns his father is coming home. But the war has changed his father and Bobby is unprepared for the sullen, withdrawn, and sometimes angry stranger who has come back to them.
Available for $12.95 from Rowe Publishing www.rowepub.com , 785-425-7350; the author: roneun@ruraltel.net 785-543-2903; Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Excerpt:
After supper, Uncle Keith listened to the news on the radio and then they all gathered around to laugh at the silly antics of the ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen, and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy. When The Shadow came on, Aunt Ellen sent Lizzie to bed, but the boys were allowed to listen to the half hour show in which The Shadow investigated a series of murders, the victims strangled. Near the story's end, The Shadow discovers the murder weapon, a whip called a blacksnake, and the murderer, a stranger who had come into their midst. The program ended as always with the words, "Who knows what eveil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows." The words followed by an eerie haunting laugh, gave Bobby a small chill.
It was dark when the boys went out to the barn to go to bed. The radio program still fresh in his mind, Bobby imagined movement in the darkness around them. He was relieved when they were inside the barn and up in the loft, snuggled in the hay. Then the barn door opened and closed again, as if someone had stepped inside.

Maggie Rose and Sass and an 1880s image of Nicodemus, Kansas
Maggie Rose has lived all of her 12 years in Georgia in the home of her grandmother who still lived in the past when colored folks were slaves. Sass has lived her 12 years in Kansas in a town settled by ex-slaves from Kentucky. When the grandmother dies, Maggie Rose has to go to Kansas to live with her uncle and his family, one of the few white folks in Solomon Town. Under difference circumstances, and if Maggie Rose and Sass were of the same ethnic and cultural heritage, they would have become instant friends. As it is, they immediately take a dislike to each other. But in the end, life lessons learned, they began to see that they are more alike than different. Angela Bates historian and author, and a descendant of the real life ex-slaves from Kentucky who settled Nicodemus, Kansas, now a National Historic Site, gives Maggie Rose and Sass her highest praise. She calls it "insightfully written and historically moving."
Excerpt:
She couldn't yet speak of the brand on Mr. Jacobs' cheek. It had not been some African tribal ritual after all, but white people like herself who had done that awful thing, and just for reading a book. She'd thought of all of Miss Green's books she had sneaked past Grandmother and while he was telling his story, had felt such a kinship to Mr. Jacobs that tears had nearly slipped over the edge of her eyes. The rest of the morning she had not been able to look at him, afraid somehow that he might think she'd had a part in it, which was foolish, of course. She had not even been born when Mr. Jacobs was branded.

A novel set in the Dust Bowl days of Kansas
Brady Foster, age 13, the April of 1935, knows his mother's asthma, brought on by the dust storms in these dry years in the midwest, has become life threatning. Still he's surprised when his dad tells him he has to take her to California where the dust doesn't blow, and because of his little sister, who would now be called autistic, they cannot go along. So Brady and his sister spend the summer with their mother's father, a county sheriff in a northern Kansas county, and his widowed sister. That summer, Brady is bullied by the town's richest kid and befriended by the town's poorest, a boy with a pet crow.
Excerpt:
The train topped the crest of the ridge, barely moving. It's wide beam of light caught them for a moment and then slid past, moving on. They began to trot beside the train. A boxcar rolled by before they realized the door was open, but behind it came another, both sides open so the lighter darkness of the night contrasted clearly with the deep blackness inside the car. Brady grunted as he threw his and Eddie's bundles into the boxcar and then grabbed Blackie and gave him a toss. Blackie's wings fluttered and flapped and he took flight, disappearing through the opposite door and out into the coming dawn. "Come on," Brady yelled, looking back at Eddie as he grabbed for the open door and swung himself into the boxcar. "He'll find you!"

A time travel story
Twins, Jack and Mollie, know their parents are working on a time machine, but they don't realize how close they are to being out of money until they overhear their parents talking one night. Now they know they might have to move in with their grandparents, and their feeble old dog will have to be put to sleep, for their grandpa is very allergic to dog hair. One morning before the school bus comes, the twins go out to the barn and get into the time machine. Jack, suddnly angry, that machine won't work, starts pushing buttons in frustration and suddenly the time machine begins to shudder and shake and to their horror, they find themelves starring into a white swirl of space. The time machine set only for Kansas, takes the kids back into time to meet those who lived before them. They meet such notables as Abraham Lincoln before he became President, Wyatt Earp, the marshall of Dodge City, Comanache, the horse that survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn, as well as children on an Orphan Train, a man who made medicine out of weeds, and a baby ape named Snowball.
Excerpt:
Jack and Mollie were no longer surprised at where the time machine deposited them and they even took for granted that at times they'd change skin color to fit in as members of another race. However in the space of time between leaving the time machine and finding themselves walking into a school classroom, they had shrunk down to the size of six year olds. Having gone through several time periods, they realized they were dressed like kids in the early 1900s. Jack in knee pants and Mollie with a big floppy bow in her red hair. All around them were other boys and girls the same age and at the doorway stood a woman in a long, gray dress. Smiling and nodding, she greeted each child with "Welcome to the first grade." Then abruptly her eyes narrowed and the smile disappeared. Jack looked past his twin and the boys and girls behind her, to see a black boy standing in the doorway. He looked shy or maybe scared, his head ducked low, dark lashes shadowing his eyes.



Praise for Echoes of Kansas Past
Jack and Mollie's adventures across Kansas history through their time machine will enrapture readers as they read about many places and faces from the the Sunflower State's past. Jan Pope, retired teacher, Blue Rapids, KS

My brother, Dayton, and I like the chapter, "Ancient Bones" best because Grandpa and Grandma own that land. I love to go there and hunt for fossils and think about how it once looked. Conlee Hugunin, 5th grade, Phillipsburg, KS

My father was Dave Strait. I was just a boy, but I vividly remember the POWs arriving by rail car, the camp, and Walter coming to our house for dinner. Bill Strait, Denver, CO

Echoes of Kansas Past is a must read for anyone with any ties to Kansas. I have lived here my whole life and learned countless things as Jack and Mollie travel throughout
Kansas. This should be a must read for all children in school. Eunice's ability to bring the past to life makes this book stand out from any other book that tries to explain the past. Mollie Purcell, Salina, KS

When my mother was a child, she gathered "weeds" for Indian John. We still put flowers on his grave every Memorial Day. Bertha Morgison, Lawrence, KS

My grandfather, who spoke German, worked at the POW camp. and made several life-long friends among the prisoners. I have a carving of a small wood dog one of them made for my grandfather. I wonder if it's a carving of Mary Sunshine. I am sending the book to my granddaughter in England. Mary Beth Boyd, Norton, KS


Trapped! A story of the girl with the Donner Party
Chapter 12
Boiled Hides

A light snow fell on New Year's Day.
The next day, Mama said to Milt, "If I would try to walk out of here, will you go with me?"
Milt hesitated only a moment before answering. "Yes, Ma," he said. "Yes, I would go with you."
"Eliza must go too," Mama said. "She's weak, I know, but she has to go. and Virginia..." she turned to her. "You must go too, dear."
"I will, Mama."
"Can't I go too, Mama?" Patty's little face was anxious.
"No, dear. You're too small and we'll have to hurry to find Papa."
Virginia looked at her mother in alarm. "But who..." she began.
"I'll see if someone will take them in," Mama said. "Of course, they can't stay alone."
"You will find Papa?" Jimmy's voice held wonder as if he could not imagine anyone ever finding Papa again.
Beside him, Tommy stared up at Mama, his lips trembling.
"Yes, Jimmy, dear," Mama said, sitting down on the bed and lifting Tommy up in her arms. "We'll find Papa and send him back to take you all away from here."
"All right, Mama," Jimmy said. "Me and Tommy can wait."
"I can wait too," Patty said, but her dark eyes glistened with unshed tears.