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 Shadowed Trails is a wonderful story mixing the rich Kansas history of cattle drives with lawless end-of-the-trail towns and great historical characters populating both. Thoroughly researched, Eunice Boeve is a Kansas writer whose family history is firmly set in the west.” —Ronald D. Smith, Author Thomas Ewing Jr.: Frontier Lawyer and Civil War General
Eunice Boeve, a Kansas resident, grew up in Montana and Idaho. She attributes her love of stories to her mother, an avid reader who read to her children as they were growing up, and her father, who wrote a book about his cowboy days in Wyoming. Sadly, her father died when she was five, and the book was never published.