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A Cowboy's Destiny, Book 1 in the Kelly Can Saga

A Cowboy's Destiny

A Cowboy's Destiny

Author: E. Joe Brown
ISBN: 9781951122379 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781951122515 (ebook)
Publication Date: August 23, 2022
Price: $17.95
Pages: 296

A young man's dream of being the best cowboy at the best ranch is tested by something he never expected: his love for a married woman.

In 1917, 19-year-old Charlie Kelly lives with his family working a ranch outside Fort Sumner, New Mexico. But Charlie is tired of fixing everyone's problems, especially the ones his father creates. Charlie wants to become a "top hand" at the world-famous Miller 101 Ranch in northern Oklahoma. When his father shoots a man in Fort Sumner, forcing the Kelly family to leave New Mexico, Charlie decides the time is right to head out on his own.

But the road to becoming a cowboy at the 101 Ranch takes unexpected twists and turns, and Charlie encounters a major detour when he's hired by Jasper Blackaby to work in his general store in Elmore City, Oklahoma. Being a clerk was never something Charlie wanted, but when he meet's Jasper's young wife, Susan, Charlie instantly falls in love. As Charlie and Susan begin a torrid affair Charlie begins to wonder where his destiny lies. When tragedy strikes, Charlie heads on to pursue his dream at the 101 Ranch, and struggles to keep his relationship with Susan burning, while she is pursued by another man. As Charlie's star rises at the ranch he must face his latest challenge, winning the approval of Susan's father for her hand in marriage.

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Reviews and Endorsements

"A Cowboy's Destiny, E. Joe Brown's debut novel doesn't just promise - it delivers - an absorbing family saga with drama and deep humanity, firmly rooted in the grand tradition of American Western literature. Saddle up and enjoy the ride!"

Robert D. Kidera, Tony Hillerman Award winning author of the Gabe McKenna Mysteries

"A Cowboy's Destiny is an easy-to-read account of the Nineteen-Teens American Frontier - a period too often overlooked by novelists. E. Joe Brown is a promising new voice of the American West."

Johnny D. Boggs, nine-time winner of Western Writers of America's Spur Award

"A coming-of-age story sure to delight readers who enjoy early 20th century tales."

Melody Groves, award-winning author of The Colton Brothers Saga western series.

"From Oklahoma to Kansas City a most impressive debut by a western singer with great performance credentials who is now showing that he knows his way with a pen as well as he does with a guitar. Anxiously awaiting the next volume(s) in the saga."

Ralph Estes, author of My Own Story: The Autobiography of Billy the Kid.

"A Cowboy's Destiny is a big, sprawling tale of a young man's journey from a difficult childhood with an alcoholic father to becoming a top hand on the legendary 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. Life and love present Charlie Kelly with almost insurmountable challenges but if anyone can overcome them, Kelly Can."

Jim Jones, western singer and author of the Tommy Stallings and Jared Delaney series.

"Charlie Kelly, a young man of compassion and wisdom, crosses the West following his dream to be top hand at the 101 Ranch. Along the way he faces challenges head on and embraces each new opportunity with relish. There's something for everyone - stampeding cattle, oil strikes, I'm eager to find out what happens next!"

Bobbi Jean Bell, Co-Host The Writer's Block Radio Show, LA Talk Radio

"In A Cowboy's Destiny, author E. Joe Brown shows us an early 20th-century Southwest that still boils with bunkhouse brawls, saloon shootings and cattle rustling. And in Charlie Kelly, he gives us a character bold enough and tough enough to take it on and look for more."

Ollie Reed Jr., Recipient of the Western Writers of America Stirrup and Branding Iron awards.

"Charlie's adventures as he journeys to Oklahoma, fulfils his dream of being a top hand, and achieves more than he ever hoped to accomplish is an engrossing tale of life in the American west as it transitions to a modern society. Charlie's intelligence, strength and integrity shine through the story as he learns who he is and what he can accomplish as he strives to make himself worthy of the woman he loves."

Carol March, Author at Ellysian Press and Compass Rose Press


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