Beauty for Ashes

Rendezvous (Volume 2 of 6)

Win Blevins

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Young Sam Morgan, serving his apprenticeship as a mountain man in the Rocky Mountains in the early 1820s, searches for Meadowlark, the Crow Indian girl he loves. At the Wind River village of Meadowlark's people, Sam finds her being courted by a Crow warrior named Red Roan. Sam realizes he must become more Indian than white man to win Meadowlark.

Taken prisoner by the dreaded Sioux, the Crows' mortal enemy, Sam escapes but loses everything except his faithful companion, a coyote pup. Sam must rebuild his life and his esteem among his Crow friends

Beauty for Ashes is an unforgettable love story and an action-filled adventure. There are fights against Pawnees, Sioux, and Blackfeet; a knife duel and horse race at the trappers' rendezvous; and a harrowing escape from captivity, torture and certain death by the Indian captors.

This is the memorable story of a boy becoming a man in the cruel, beautiful, unexplored wilderness of the Old West.

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Chapter One

Sam pictured himself as a hollow bone, stripped of the marrow that made him alive.

A hollow man notices little. He barely registered his fellow passengers, the captain, and crew. He barely knew the name of the steamboat, or the ports they stopped in, Cincinnati, Louisville, Evansville . . .

He did feel the force of the current, the urge of the river, westward, westward, down the Ohio River. As much as he could experience any emotion, he was glad.

At night he dreamt of emptiness. He slept outside on the bow of the steamer, wrapped in the moon’s misty light

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Praise for Beauty for Ashes

"The glory years of frontier life, fresh and rich"
--Kirkus Reviews on Beauty for Ashes

"So Wild a Dream is a fabulous beginning of what promises to become a classic series that will be on college reading lists in history classes studying the fur trade era."
--Roundup Magazine

"The first volume in the Rendezvous Series, So Wild a Dream is a throughly enjoyable tale of survival in the wilderness of the Great American West in the early 19th century. So Wild a Dream is a story of amazing courage, endurance, and resourcefulness."
--Tennessean

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BEAUTY FOR ASHES by Win Blevins | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of BEAUTY FOR ASHES . A second in the author's Rendezvous series (<i>So Wild a Dream<i>, not reviewed), about the early days of the fur trade.
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Fiction Review: BEAUTY FOR ASHES by Win Blevins / Author . Forge $25.95 (382p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0574-9

Blevins's (So Wild a Dream ) lively fur-trading tales of the American West continue with this rousing second entry in the Rendezvous series. In the early 1820
- Publishers Weekly


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About the Author

Win Blevins

In addition to the Rendezvous novels (So Wild a Dream and Beauty for Ashes), Win Blevins, an authority on the Plains Indians and fur-trade era of the West, is author of Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Stone Song, his prize-winning novel of Crazy Horse, plus Charbonneau, Rock Child, RavenShadow and others. He lives in Utah with his wife Meredith, also a novelist.

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Beauty for Ashes
Win Blevins

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
August 2005
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765344823
ISBN10: 0765344823
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 384 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
August 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466803336
ISBN10: 1466803339
384 pages
$7.99
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