New Historical Fiction Shows One Man’s Determination to Persevere and Find His Lost Family

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David Leonard examines the psychological toll of loneliness in ‘Westward Bound, Alone’

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David Leonard takes readers back to the Old West in his new historical fiction, “Westward Bound, Alone” (published by iUniverse).

Set in the 1840s near the South Pass in southern Wyoming, “Westward Bound, Alone” tells the story of Dan, a 15-year-old boy traveling west by caravan to find fortune and discover new territories. When he falls into a dark, rocky cavern and suffers a concussion, it’s a grueling effort for him to escape.

When Dan finally emerges from underground, he’s dismayed to find that his wagon train has left without him, leaving him alone on the prairie. He’s unable to follow the caravan and instead must stay close to the creek in order to have water, forcing him to head north while they head west.

Dan’s adventures find him coping with long periods of loneliness. He also lives with Native Americans, miners, trappers and a mountain man. His four-year, epic journey will take him through the areas now known as Wyoming, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Along the way, he never gives up hope on reuniting with his family and loved ones.

“The main character finds challenge, wealth and happiness in the wilds,” Leonard writes. “And he finds close friendship. Nonetheless, he cannot help moving on to family and home.”

About the Author
David Leonard has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education and management. As a child, he was raised during the 1940s on an isolated ranch and wheat farm near the South Pass in northwestern Colorado. He and his wife, Carole, live in Prineville, Ore. Leonard is also the author of “Lincoln’s Letter” and “The Drummer.”

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