D.M. McGowan is a man of many ventures, one of the more recent of which is writing historical fiction. He writes westerns – Canadian westerns – chock full of solid historical fact, strong characters and intriguing story lines.
McGowan’s first book, “Partners,” has received many positive reviews from fans of the western genre as well as from people who were surprised to have enjoyed a western so much. Perhaps it is the haunting back stories of the two main characters, a seasoned cowboy and a young tenderfoot, and their initially prickly relationship that draws a reader in. It could be the adventure of the 1880s Canadian wilderness, rife with threat, surprise, discovery and freedom. Likely it’s McGowan’s skillful blend of real historical characters and events with well-crafted narrative elements that breathe the essence of this western land we know.
As for “Homesteader: Finding Sharon,” D.M. McGowan has sent along his own summary of his second book. Enjoy!
What’s “Homesteader” about?
Yes, the story “Homesteader” takes place in the Canadian West of the late 19th century. However, that isn’t what it’s about.
Yes, the story relates how a horseman from west of Rockies and his riding partner each take land under the Homesteader Act. However, that isn’t what the novel is about.
Sure there are Colt, Remington and Smith & Wesson revolvers mentioned, along with a few rifles including two Winchester models. But that has little to do with the story.
There are a diverse group of characters. There is a bully who, like most bullies thinks he is smarter than most and judges people by their appearance. There are some North West Mounted Police officers, some doing their jobs and others who only want the “Force” to look after them. There are hardworking, money-less families, widows, prospectors, Blackfoot, Sioux and the business people of Calgary.
Several action scenes are included. There are bucking horses and broken legs, a stage coach robbery and murder. Fence posts turn to slivers from the impact of a 45-70 bullet and sculls that do little better.
Let us not forget the weather. A horrendous winter is part of the story; a winter that eventually was responsible for changing the way the country handles livestock.
What the story is actually about is a young man finding the woman he loves. About learning that what he has been taught all his life is not necessarily true; that what may appear on the surface may not be what is underneath. About keeping a good partner and gaining another even closer one.
And, of course, recovering.
As with “Partners” there is a link to “Homesteader” on my blog and other sites listed below. It can also be found at the following book stores or ordered from those that don’t have it in stock.
Audrie’s Books … Edmonton
Riverside Music and Books … Peace River
Beth’s Books … Grande Prairie
Read’s Books … Dawson Creek
Bills News … Dawson Creek
Online at my blog; www.dmmcgowan.blogspot.com