Waiting on Wednesday: News of the World

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News of the World



Written by: Paulette Jiles
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 0062409204
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical, Military History, Western, Civil War, kidnapping, orphaned child
Pages: 224 (Hardcover)
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Summary:

""In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. 
An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. 

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to developer a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently reduced by the US army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. 


Their 400-mile journey south thought unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized". Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. 


Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember - strangers who regard her as unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become - in the eyes of the law - a kidnapper himself."





Way i am waiting.... 



I was drawn in by the cover. It just had something that looked very interesting to me. Its so simple and looks like those older books that have been published 30 or 40 years or so ago. It reminded me A LOT of the Winnetou books my mother used to own from when she was a child. Which fits seeing that those were "westerns" and this is marked as one as well. 

And then i read the synopsis. And who doesn't love a story with a moral dilemma of doing the "right thing" in the eyes of everyone or actually doing the right thing and maybe actually helping. 

There is also the fact that i have read very little books that handle the topic of the American Civil war and i am interested to see how that is worked into the story. 

Also since this book is marked as "western" in the genres i am very interested to see how that fits into the story since it has been decades since i read my last western! I am not even embellishing the number of years. it really has been at least a decade because the last western i can remember was a children's book so it has to have been at least 15 years!

But honestly, i just want to read a story about a girl and a man that bond together because of their very hard and horrible pasts and find a way to live again together. That just sounds fantastic! And maybe exactly what i need to remind myself that sometimes you just have to keep on fighting even if life is hard. 

Not to end on a downer or anything... 


What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you heard about this book?
Does it sound like something you would read?


Any of you have any great recommendations for western?
Any wonderful Historical Fictions that you recently read and can share?
And good "i am doing the right thing, even if it is not the legal thing" books to recommend?


Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


Write more later.... 



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