“Courage was the cold stubborn place in your heart that kept you going when you couldn’t do anything else.” Comanche Moon is a powerful historical romance about courage. The reader walks step-by-step with the young widow, Jenny, as she tries to protect her daughter, Sophie, from the daily challenges along the Oregon Trail. Gardiner’s realistic characters and beautiful descriptions of the West will keep you mesmerized. Comanche Moon is a must-read and a treasure.
—Sue Stewart Ade, author
Pumpkin Blossoms, in Food and Romance Go Together, Vol 1
2017 Nancy Pearl Finalist
Readers of historical romance will love this book as the plucky heroine fights to stay with the wagon train on the Oregon Trail after her husband’s unexpected death. The characters are engaging and the action constant. As a bonus for those of us who are a little picky, the author made sure the plot was historically accurate. I highly recommend Comanche Moon.
—Angela Parson Myers, author
When the Moon is Risen
Book 1 When The Moon Is Gibbous and Waxing
Book 2 In The Dark Of The Moon
Jenny and Daniel had taken a bold step—a hoped for Promised Land. They piled everything they owned into a wagon and headed West with their five-year-old daughter, Sophie. Not far into their journey Daniel was killed. Jenny buried him on the open prairie and felt that her future dreams were buried as well. We follow Jenny and Sophie as they fought Indians, heat and dust, miles of hardship. Sophie was kidnapped by Indians, and a group of fellow settlers who believed Jenny to be a burden to the wagon train. Her courage, grit, and intelligence endeared her to the guide of the train, and Jenny discovered that love came in many colors and would not be denied. Set aside plenty of time for reading because you won’t want to stop turning the pages.
—James D. Webb, author
Shepherds Pie, Golden Wings Award
Moon Over Chicago, 2008 Eppie Finalist
My Name Is Mommy, 2009 Top Twenty Mystery Preditors & Editors
One On One, 2018 EPIC winner
Death Smell, 2018 EPIC finalist
Marilyn Gardiner is the author of eleven novels, most romantic suspense. Comanche Moon won the award for Historical Romance in the EPIC 2014 competition.
She began writing at age eight, and has published in newspapers and magazines, taught a creative writing class, tutored adults learning to read, and volunteered in the public school system.