A Man for Temperance
By Gilbert Morris
B&H Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780805432909, 331pp.
Publication Date: September 2007
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In 1850, Temperance Peabody, age 32, is a plain yet beautiful woman who has yet to know the thrill of romantic love. Raised in the Oregon territory where her parents established a strict religious colony, she was never allowed to have a suitor but now longs to have a family of her own.
After her parents die and a cholera epidemic wracks the colony, Temperance feels called by God to take the surviving orphaned children back East to their extended families. But the only man available to accompany her on the dangerous journey is Thaddeus Brennan, a hard-edged drifter with good reasons of his own to get out of town.
Despite the mismatch of Temperance’s purity with Thad’s hot temper, heavy drinking, and distaste for kids, the intensities of their trek help the two find common ground, perhaps enough on which to build a lasting relationship. But life and love are unpredictable. And when another man and woman join the journey, and a shock awaits two of the orphans, this hearty story of faith and new desires duly follows.
“A MAN FOR TEMPERANCE is an interesting read. Gilbert Morris brings the backward trip on the Oregon Trail to life with interesting details that he has deftly woven in to the storyline. For a trip back to when days moved at a slower pace and life was about surviving, try A MAN FOR TEMPERANCE.” Dancing Word Reviews
“Interspersed with lively characters and accurate historical detail, this makes for an engrossing read. Morris successfully brings the Oregon trail to life; readers can almost taste the dust the wagon kicks up as it treks back east. …this is a sweet story spiced with just the right amount of inspiration and romance.” Historical Novels Review